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Night reflections

The Milky Way is a spiral galaxy full of stars and interstellar clouds, where the solar system and the Earth are located. It is the largest object observable from our planet. Due to our peripheral location within it, we see it edge-on and in an optically blurry form of great confusion due to the large number of stars and nebulae that overlap. It is estimated that it contains between 200,000 and 400,000 million stars. The distance from the Sun to […]

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The bellow

When the afternoons shorten and the summer comes to an end, coinciding with the drop in temperatures and the passage of storms, one of the most surprising natural events takes place in our Iberian mountain ranges, the bellowing, where male deer ( Cervus elaphus), the largest of our ungulates, experience heat, flooding the mountains, forests and valleys with their powerful and thunderous bellows. To do this, they raise the earth with their horns to deposit their body fluids in the […]

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The snake in popular culture

In this blog entry I am going to talk about the two kinds of snakes that inhabit the Iberian Peninsula, snakes and vipers, but focusing more on the myths and beliefs that have been woven over the centuries than on their biology, because a certain reptilian mythology of deep Spain still persists in the subconscious of many people, and it is our duty to dismantle these absurd superstitions, deny these totally unfounded hoaxes that have done them so much damage […]

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The chiropteran project

In Jules Renard’s natural histories I read that …there is no corner where a piece of night doesn’t penetrate…shreds come off of it, intertwined at random. This is how bats are born. And to this origin they owe the fact that they cannot withstand the light of day… but, no, they are not bad. They never touch us and “armed” with my cameras I went down to one of their “houses” to photograph them. The Chiropteran photographic project in the […]

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The great mediterranean cat

Photograph of Iberian lynxes in the wild and native fauna, on a sunny day in late August. Penalajo. Peñalajo, in the northernmost foothills of Sierra Morena, already in the province of Ciudad Real, due to its high density in its populations of partridges and wild rabbits, has become one of the most important enclaves within lynx conservation programs Iberian, which as we know is the most endangered feline that exists on the planet. This natural area, which, as we have […]

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The Cazuma river

The Cazuma, whose waters supply the town of Bicorp, is one of the three rivers that, together with the Fraile River and the Ludey River, cross its municipal term, to flow into the Escalona River. The PR-V 234 route, also known as the Río Cazuma- la Gola de Lucino route, is a beautiful route in the very heart of the Caroig Massif, where near its source we find a spectacular canyon or gorge that impresses with its majesty, a fascinating […]

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FRAILE RIVER

The Fraile River is one of the most emblematic streams of the Caroig Massif and the best preserved in our geography, almost in the very center of the Valencian Community, considered one of the most beautiful places in the massif, which makes it a unique environment for great landscape and environmental value. It has riverside forests and a leafy forest mass of Rodeno and Aleppo pines, as well as a large number of shrubs such as junipers, palm hearts, Kermes […]

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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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Grazing in the Gúdar mountains

Grazing in the Gúdar mountainsNotebooks of transhumance – N° 14 Texto completo en PDF: https://www.mapa.gob.es/es/desarrollo-rural/temas/politica-forestal/vias-pecuarias/num_13al24_vias_pecuarias.aspx “Every year, when the winter solstice arrives, and as has been happening for centuries, the mountain ranchers of Gúdar-Maestrazgo, after leaving their homes, move on foot through the cattle ranches, leading their herds to the coastal plains in search of the grass grown after the autumn rains.Later, around the summer solstice, when the sun begins to scorch the lowlands, it is the time when the […]

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Wild nature of the Caroig Massif

Wild nature of the Caroig Massif. Text: Neus Asensi Wild nature of the Caroig Massif is the title of this work in which the nature photographer Jose Mena has combined his effort and knowledge in photography and knowledge about the natural environment, making available to any nature lover a series of images captured in recent years. The photographer has focused his work on the Caroig Massif, where the Júcar river makes its way through mountains, forming a wild and overwhelming […]

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