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Spring!!

Yes, Spring.. ..but of the warm-to-hot variety..in these last two weeks there have been no cold Spring days. The furious electric twittering of Greenfinches is all about, trees are in radical bloom and flowers are popping up unabashed everywhere..but no … Continue reading

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Trees, rocks, streams.. in the snow.

This is a tree that i visit regularly in Winter..on days of bad visibility it’s often as high as you can go, or at least the last reliable landmark on the way to the top of Hermana Menor. How many … Continue reading

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The Wise Kings have been generous!

After the utter misery of December 2017, the first days of January 2018 brought us.. more of the same, rain and, possibly even worse, the soul-destroying ‘pissing mist’..known as niebla meona in the Sierra de Guadarrama. And then on the … Continue reading

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Flowers of the Pyrenees – Flora Pyrenaica VI, Saxifraga – the Stonebreakers!

My last post on this subject is dedicated to a few flowers of the genus Saxifraga, literally translatable from Latin as ‘stone-breaker’ and commonly known in English as Saxifrage or Rockfoil. There is some debate as to the sense of … Continue reading

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Flowers of the Pyrenees – Flora Pyrenaica V, Purplish-Pinky-Violet..!

The ‘colour’ of a flower is sometimes not so easy to define, either because it combines two or more colours or because the colour varies across a certain spectrum or because our words to describe colour fall short. For example, … Continue reading

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Flowers of the Pyrenees – Flora Pyrenaica II, Red

This Summer in the Pyrenees the star of the floral show was almost certainly Sempervivum montanum, in Spanish Siempreviva de montaña and rather quaintly known as Mountain Houseleek in English. I have to say that i much prefer the French … Continue reading

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Flowers of the Pyrenees – Flora Pyrenaica I, Blue

The natural phenomenon that is Pyrenees, tectonic collision by-product, geological immensity, inexhaustible mountain range that separates Iberia from the rest of Europe.. And just that same central chunk that i have already visited so many times.. and still so many … Continue reading

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