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La Albufera. Valencia

La Albufera. Valencia

The Albufera is a freshwater lagoon and estuary on the Gulf of Valencia coast of the Valencian Community in eastern Spain. It is the main portion of the Parc Natural de l’Albufera (“Albufera Natural Park”), with a surface area of 21,120 hectares (52,200 acres).

La Albufera

La Albufera

The natural biodiversity of the nature reserve allows a great variety of fauna and flora to thrive and be observed year-round. While once a saltwater lagoon, dilution due to irrigation and canals draining into the estuary and the sand bars increasing in size had converted it to freshwater by the seventeenth century.

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Red bottlebrush flower (Callistemon citrinus)

Red bottlebrush flower (Callistemon citrinus)

This is my contribution to this Week Photo Challenge: Details

We go back to a flower that appeared in an old post in my blog, the Red Callistemon citrinus. The details appearing in the world of nature are amazing. This flower is an example of the wonders that the nature has in store for us.

Puigcerdà Lake

Puigcerdà Lake

The lake of Puigcerdà is an artificial lake located in the northwest of the town of Puigcerdà.

Puigcerdà is the capital of the Catalan comarca of Cerdanya, in the province of Girona, Catalonia, near the river Segre and on the border with France (it abuts directly onto the French town of Bourg-Madame).

Puigcerdà Lake

Puigcerdà Lake

Montserrat. Catalonia.

Montserrat. Catalonia.

Weekly Photo Challenge. Earth

I liked the words of this Weekly Challenge: “As far as we currently know, our planet is unique in its ability to sustain life. We are an island in an unimaginably huge universe… I have always regarded nature with reverence…”.

In my opinion, our planet deserves all our respect. We live by what the Earth offers to us. It is extremely unwise to continue mistreating our planet. Our future and, above all, those who succeed us, depends on it.

Montserrat. Catalonia.

Montserrat. Catalonia.

Montserrat is a multi-peaked mountain located near the city of Barcelona, in Catalonia. It is part of the Catalan Pre-Coastal Range. The Caribbean island of Montserrat was named by Christopher Columbus after the mountain.

It is well known as the site of the Benedictine abbey, Santa Maria de Montserrat, which hosts the Virgin of Montserrat sanctuary and which is identified by some  with the location of the Holy Grail in Arthurian myth.

“Montserrat” literally means “saw (serrated, like the common handsaw) mountain” in Catalan. It describes its peculiar aspect with multitude of rock formations which are visible from a great distance. The mountain is composed of strikingly pink conglomerate, a form of sedimentary rock.

Montserrat. Catalonia.

Montserrat. Catalonia.

Dinnertime

Dinnertime

Weekly Photo Challenge. Dinnertime

This week, the challenge asks for an image inspired by dinnertime. This is mine.

I was taking pictures when I found this beautiful specimen at its dinner time. I suddenly remembered that my dinner time had also come…

Portbou (Catalonia)

Portbou (Catalonia)

Portbou

It is located near the French border in the Costa Brava region, and frequently serves as a dropping off point for SNCF trains coming from Cerbère in France. Portbou is situated in the most mountainous area of the Costa Brava, and the closely-packed houses slope steeply up the valley from the waterfront.

The peaceful bay has been called a ‘natural amphitheater.’ It shelters an uncrowded, and stunningly beautiful pebbled beach. Uncrowded because though Portbou has some hotels, a tourist office and other tourist facilities it is not (yet) a major tourist destination.

Portbou was a small but important point for the republicans during the Spanish Civil War, as it was one of the few places from where they could get supplies from abroad.

Portbou is also where German philosopher Walter Benjamin committed suicide and was buried in 1940. There is a monument in his honor, by Dani Karavan.

More in Wikipedia.

Portbou (Catalonia)

Portbou (Catalonia)

Portbou  beach

Portbou beach in summer

Ruins

Ruins

This image that has two clear halves. I take a photo with an explicit dividing diagonal line .

This photo shows medieval ruins in San Pere de Rodas, in the province of Girona (Catalonia). The half left side shows the cloudy sky. The right side, the ruins on the hill.

Another view of the ruins with a different editing:

Ruins

Ruins

Reflected palms

Reflected palms

As you can guess, these reflected palm trees belong to a golf course. It is located in the area of Murcia (Spain).
I don’t play golf, and I don’t like the amount of water wasted on maintenance, but the course was beautiful. I liked those palms reflected on water and the green color.

Reflected palms

Reflected palms

Beech forest (Barcelona)

Beech forest (Barcelona)

This beech forest, not far from Barcelona, is called in catalan the “Fageda d’en Jordà”. It is an exceptional beech forest that grows on a flat and sits on a lava flow from the volcano Croscat.

Is a Natural Park of the Garrotxa Volcanic Zone.

I have another beautiful post from the same forest here.

Sunset

Sunset

Follow the light

If you are looking for the heaven
and you lose the way,
if the darkness is around you
and you think you’re lost,
follow the light.
The light will show you the way.

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