Category Archives: Nature

Frozen mountain lake

Strange weather indeed, this dry Winter. Though temperatures have been more or less normal thru December, the emblematic laguna of the Sierra de Guadarrama, la Laguna Grande de Peñalara, typically frozen over from early December to late March or even … Continue reading

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Young Alpinist in action

Yes, we don’t have a lot of snow locally, looking up at the mountains from the South side you might even be forgiven for thinking that we have none at all..however that’s not the case. On Northern and Eastern aspects … Continue reading

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Winter’s Wonders..

Winter’s wonders..how often will they come again? The astronomical Winter is upon us once more..and once more there is little sign of the meteorological Winter or anything resembling its traditional aspect. We had an inch or two of fresh snow … Continue reading

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Trees under snow

A surprising quantity of snow fell at October’s end this year thanks to a cold snap produced by a blast of polar air..and even though there was really no accumulation in excess of 20-30cm on the ground – and that … Continue reading

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On logging..

In a moment when there seems to be more urgency than ever to the issue of planting trees and reforestation, i recently found myself reflecting on the antithesis..deforestation and logging. During the Spring ski season of last year i gaily … Continue reading

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Summer in Éireann..agus in Árainn, part II

Bad weather is probably not often a good thing when you’re on holiday..but it has its advantages sometimes, at least with regard to outdoor tourism. If you don’t mind getting out when it’s grey or wet, then you’ll probably find … Continue reading

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Summer in Éireann..agus in Árainn

Our trip to Ireland this Summer started in Gleann Dá Loch (anglicized as Glendalough), the Valley of the Two Lakes..and its monastic settlement and surrounding hills and mountains. When we arrived the country was still recovering from one of the … Continue reading

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