Tag Archives: pine forests

Valsaín – traversing the great valley

What is the most beautiful valley of Guadarrama? I love my local Fuenfría Valley like no other. The Rascafría or Lozoya Valley is the vastest, longest, deepest of the Sierra’s valleys. Not long ago i wrote of the delights of … Continue reading

Posted in children in Nature, Conservation, Mountain, Nature | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

What’s so great about getting back to Nature?

At the recent Paris conference (some would say “historic Paris conference”..we shall see) a slogan was born..and may indeed live to mark history. We are not fighting for Nature, we are Nature defending itself. This catchy phrase begs a couple … Continue reading

Posted in children in Nature, Climate change, Conservation, language, Nature | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Hot Summer days..and small singing climbers

There weren’t too many cold Spring days in Cercedilla this year, and i’ve been telling anybody who would listen of my fears of a hot Summer..and lo! ..was i right. We’re going on two weeks of consistently hot days, with … Continue reading

Posted in children in Nature, Nature, the seasons, Weather | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Powder frenzy..North of Siete Picos!

Severe oscillations in the weather over the last week..a deluge of rain last Friday – 107mm in Cercedilla in 24 hours – threatened to wipe out the snow right up to the tops of the mountains, but several days of … Continue reading

Posted in Mountain, ski, snow, Weather | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The ruins of Casa Eraso and Montón de Trigo

It’s surprisingly easy to forget, when one gets very involved in the sporty or athletic side of mountain activity, just how beautiful it is to be in the mountains. It certainly happens to me sometimes..but this last weekend i got … Continue reading

Posted in children in Nature, Conservation, fauna, flora, Mountain, Nature | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Shangri-La..is on the other side of Siete Picos

What we see from Cercedilla when we look towards Siete Picos is the impressive South Face of the mountain. As beautiful as any mountain anywhere. At the moment it presents a snowy aspect with lines of white crisscrossing among the steep … Continue reading

Posted in flora, Nature, ski, snow, Weather | Tagged , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Wild pines of Guadarrama(?) II

Continuing on the subject of our wild Guadarrama pines (known as Scots Pine in Angloamerika), there is some debate as to what exactly is the natural range of this tree in the Central System of mountains – and more specifically in the Sierra … Continue reading

Posted in Conservation, flora, Nature | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments