Footsteps in the Alpujarras

A personal blog about life in the Alpujarras & beyond

#gentian

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.

Gentianella tenella

Gentianella tenella
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#cats

She's not all there πŸ˜‚

Fluffed up badly on the dog walk today πŸ™„ Two Bee Eaters and a Golden Oriole in the same tree, went to take a picture and the camera told me β€œno can do you stupid person left the SD card in the computer” πŸ˜‚πŸ€¦ So you get some pictures of visitors to my kale this morning instead πŸ˜†

#dogs #cats

I love to see the interaction between the dogs and cats, so relaxed with eachother, even when Sweep kicks Arko in the face πŸ˜‚

#walking #video

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
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#video

Someone is happy about the cooler temperature this morning πŸ˜‚

#butterfly

Iberian Marbled White (Melanargia lachesis) butterfly getting photobombed by another πŸ˜‚

#dogs #cats #video

Sweep in the towel basket

Arko's facial
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#snake #lanjaron

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 πŸ˜‚

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🀞

#walking #video

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

At the summit of Los Machos admiring the view
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