Mission today was to locate the 5th Gentian that can be seen in the Sierra Nevada (there are 6 apparently). The mission was successful we managed to find the incredible teeny tiny Gentianella tenella.
Thanks to Mick for pointing us in the right direction of where to find this.
Fluffed up badly on the dog walk today 🙄 Two Bee Eaters and a Golden Oriole in the same tree, went to take a picture and the camera told me “no can do you stupid person left the SD card in the computer” 😂🤦 So you get some pictures of visitors to my kale this morning instead 😆
The national park bus dropped us off, it was nice to feel the cooler mountain air. The clouds enveloped us on and off. A big boom of thunder decided where we would spend the night. Only a drop or two of rain fell on us, we were lucky the storm stayed to the north of us. The wind picked up, we hunkered down in our sleeping bags and awoke in the early hours to a brilliant starry sky until the full moon arrived. An early start was needed because we couldn't get to our planned bivvy site due to the storm. The next day was cloudless and perfect walking conditions. We had a brilliant two days.
It was quite humid up there which gave us some great entertainment from the clouds rolling in and out
Enjoying sunrise looking towards Laguna de la Mosca and Alcazaba
Bumped into this beautiful Ladder snake having a snooze, warming up, or whatever he was doing, on the dog walk yesterday morning. Rita must have trotted straight over it, I managed to get hold of Arko and walk him around it, so he didn't tread on it and scare the life out of himself, we all know how scared of snakes Arko is 😂
Not just heat but a really thick layer of Sahara dust #calima over Lanjaron today. So far we've been lucky and escaped the worst of the heatwave🤞
We took the national park bus up into the Sierra Nevada. Then we dropped down into the impressive Corral de Veleta and started our ascent up Cerro de los Machos. After descending we took the Paso de los Guias before descending to Lagunillas and walking back to the cars.
As always it was a spectacular day out in the high mountains.
Heading down into the spectacular Corral de Veleta