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PRV-203 Río Grande-Abrigo de Voro

In this beautiful itinerary we can differentiate two landscapes, on the one hand the spectacular transit through the winding course of the Rio Grande, on the other, the heights over its basin that open the landscape to the vast horizons. Following the spirited and solitary limestone canyon along its course, accompanied by the water and the vegetation sheltered by the humidity and the shade, refuge of the ash tree, we rediscover calm nature. And as the final culmination of this […]

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Barranco Moreno PR-CV 173.

The route through the Barranco Moreno, in the heart of the Macizo del Caroig, has an undoubted landscape value, with a route through the water courses always surrounded by immense closed pine forests. Its eroded bed carved out of limestone forms a unique landscape, to which we have to add some sites with cave paintings and the enormous plant biodiversity of the different floors and microclimates within the same ravine. In autumn, in the shaded areas, the color of the […]

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Pleurodeles waltl

                                                          The Gallipato (Pleurodeles waltl) is a species of urodel amphibian of the Salamandridae family, like most European urodeles. It is endemic to the Iberian Peninsula and northern Morocco. In the Valencian Community, the name of this newt comes from the fact that it can be found in cattle troughs and ranchers thought that if an animal swallowed one of these newts, it could drown. It must be said that in folklore it is very common to attribute negative qualities […]

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About the revealed

In another photographic discipline I do not know, but in nature photography, I am clear that we have the duty and obligation to capture reality as it is, trying to alter it as little as possible so that it reaches the eyes of the viewer as pure as possible. Light is the main basis of photography, and we must know how to channel it as well as possible before it reaches our camera sensor, because everything that we do not […]

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The gargoyles

In many of the European cathedrals, some castles and numerous civil buildings, fantastic and terrifying beings observe us and watch over us in silence from above. They are the gargoyles, terrifying stone creatures, with sinister, Dantesque expressions, which represent anthropomorphic figures of tormented souls, grotesque animals, demons, witches, harpies, dragons, unicorns, basilisks, griffins, lions… monstrous beings, infernal and with a very defined functionality, and that reached the churches during the twelfth century. They were consolidated in the Gothic and then […]

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Nazarenes

The conical shape of the hoods of the Nazarenes evokes an approach of the penitent to heaven, interpreted by many Christians as a place of salvation. This symbolic value is analogous to the one that the cypresses have, trees with a pointed crown, in Christian cemeteries, which bring the deceased closer to heaven, a place where, according to some beliefs, life after death takes place. For American culture, the most representative thing of the Nazarenes is their hood, a kind […]

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Pinguicula saetabensis

Is it true that there is a carnivorous plant in the Valencian mountains? Well yes, as it is also true that today I went to photograph it, on a day when it really did not meet the conditions to travel to the abrupt place where it lives, since in recent weeks we have endured an intense storm of heavy rains, leaving the mountains with the flooded ravines. It has been a very difficult route, avoiding innumerable ravines with water up […]

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Autumn-winter in the Sierra de Gúdar

Text: Vicente Aupí ( estrellasyborrascas.com) Photography: Jose Mena The great cold tends to make Teruel news in many winters, since it is the Spanish capital where it freezes the most. In December and January it is common for the temperature data to be highlighted in the national press and on television news, but this facet does not do justice to the true profile of Teruel’s climate, which is certainly extreme in some aspects, but much more benign and environmentally healthy […]

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Autumn memories

I feel that when something ends a new thing is always born. I love autumn because in that announced death there is peace. (Manuel Julià). Autumn brings us closer to the cold winter, that subtle change in the sunset light, the chills produced by that slight blow of cold wind that shakes the trees that start to change their leaf color… small hints in the surroundings that announce the flow of the days. It always seemed to me a very […]

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The Font Roja in autumn

A grey and foggy morning. I arrive at the Red Fountain’s Sanctuary (Santuario de la Font Roja) early in the morning to start the route, through the mixed mediterranean forest of Carrascal, and following a path where deciduous trees and shrubs, such as the maples, ash trees and others that colour the forest grow in the shade, it will take me to the top of Menejador at 1356 meters of altitude.

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