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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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The last trip of the Gallego brothers

                                                 THE LAST TRIP OF THE GALLEGO BROTHERS Jose Mena Alvarez On January 15, 1838 at seven in the morning, what is considered the first accident of a Spanish train took place, a convoy paradoxically dragged by the Villanueva locomotive, which derailed after colliding with a bull. It happened in Cuba, at that time a province of Spain and which covered the 28 km that separate Havana from Bejucal. There were no fatalities. To find the first serious accident with deaths, […]

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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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City of Albarracín

Albarracín huddles, sprouting from the rock, in a thousand incredible forms of popular architecture.  The capricious flow of the Guadalaviar River, that deep sickle to which it embraces, explains the surprising urban structure of the city, in the shape of a “Y”, encased between the deep escarpments laboriously worked by the river. Declared a National Monument since 1961;  it holds the 1996 Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts, and is proposed by the Unesco to be declared a World […]

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Maestrazgo turolense. Summer III

Villarroya de los Pinares is the first town coming from Teruel, it takes us into the Maestrazgo turolense, north to the Gúdar mountain range, next to the Guadalope river, at 1337 meters of altitude. The Maestrazgo region, located to the east of the province of Teruel, includes fifteen towns in a vast and today uninhabited territory that is heir to a remarkable historical legacy and a rich architectural and cultural heritage. Its identity, forged through the passing of centuries, is […]

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The common or mediterranean chameleon

The common or mediterranean chameleon A great percentage of the population except the Andalusian are unaware that there are chameleons in the Iberian Peninsula. There are 202 different species in the world, the great majority of them being discovered during the last 20 years. They live in Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, India, Madagascar and Ceilan. They have the ability of changing colour at will and catching their prey, exclusively insects, shooting with great precision their long and sticky tongue at […]

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Teruel. Summer II

At this time of summer, the entirety of the cereal farms have been collected, leaving a landscape of ocher, brown and yellow, very evocative of what is the rural environment in these Aragonese lands. In this infinite golden blanket, I see peeking into the distance the town of Orihuela del Tremedal. As I approach it, its imposing cathedral appears majestic at my feet. While the swifts and swallows do not stop crossing the air in the fields and in between […]

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Teruel. Summer I

My journey in these lands takes me through capital Teruel in the first town that today will drive me into la Sierra de Gúdar, Corbalán, where its houses go back centuries, with really spectacular landscapes, steep hills, high mountain meadows, pine forests, fields surrounded by holm oaks and junipers, narrow canyons… and which has one of the largest juniper forests in the region. The climate here is mountainous, cold during winter and smooth during summer, with very cool nights. When […]

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