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Title: The Picos de Europa
Post by: lisa on November 13, 2009, 08:13 AM
Well it's taken me a little while  >:D and I had been waiting for the company to be registered in Spain (ongoing process) before officially announcing that The Picos de Europa (http://www.thepicosdeeuropa.com/) is now online!


(http://www.thepicosdeeuropa.com/images/stories/mountains/torrecerredo.jpg) (http://www.thepicosdeeuropa.com/)


Now all I have to do is write and promote  :P

Apart from information on the flowers and wildlife around the Picos the new website also incorporates;

(http://www.thepicosdeeuropa.com/images/stories/picos-holiday-rentals.png) (http://www.thepicosdeeuropa.com/picos-holiday-rentals.html)


Picos Holiday Rentals. (http://www.thepicosdeeuropa.com/picos-holiday-rentals.html)


A selection of holiday houses and apartments, not only in the Picos de Europa but also in the surrounding areas of Asturias, Cantabria and Castile-León including Redes Natural Park and the Picos de Europa Regional Park.

And....

(http://www.thepicosdeeuropa.com/images/banners/pras-banner.png) (http://www.thepicosdeeuropa.com/picos-rock-and-snow.html)

Picos Rock & Snow, (http://www.thepicosdeeuropa.com/picos-rock-and-snow.html) Guided walking, trekking, scrambling, snowshoeing and ski touring holidays in the unspoilt Picos de Europa mountains of Northern Spain, with the Picos experts!

If anyone fancies writing anything about the Picos we also have a trip reports section. (http://www.thepicosdeeuropa.com/picos-rock-and-snow/trip-reports.html) Also a Picos images gallery (http://www.thepicosdeeuropa.com/picos-galleries.html) with the idea of being able to register and upload your own photos. (Not sure if this is working properly yet!)

I'd welcome any comments, critical or otherwise  :)

And I nearly forgot, you can subscribe to our RSS news feeds. (News on bears and the San Glorio will still be posted here on the forum).

Title: Re: The Picos de Europa
Post by: lisa on November 13, 2009, 08:18 AM
Aargh!! Got to get the kids up before I can re-do me pic's and links  :'(

Sort of sorted now.

 :lighttbulb: And a big THANKYOU! to Clive for all his help........and patience  :biggrin:
Title: Re: The Picos de Europa
Post by: Dave on November 13, 2009, 09:47 AM
Hi Lisa
Congratulations, I will be posting ASAP
Regards
Dave
Title: Re: The Picos de Europa
Post by: nick on November 13, 2009, 12:28 PM
Well done Lisa! At last. I see there are 10 users online which bodes very well for the future. Hope you can manage to make lots out of all your hard work.
Title: Re: The Picos de Europa
Post by: Simon on November 13, 2009, 17:55 PM
Hi Lisa,

They say "The slower the better" don't they! Seriously, a great site and I'm sure it will develop in no time thanks to the blog, galleries and trip reports (a feature that I haven't seen elsewhere, mind if I nick your idea?) - I'll have to whizz by that way next year and 'do my bit'!

Congratulations

Simon

PS 11 guests online as I wite god biz!
Title: Re: The Picos de Europa
Post by: Technopat on November 13, 2009, 18:18 PM
Happy Birthday thepicosdeeuropa.com :clapping:   :dancing:  :clapping:  :dancing: 
Title: Re: The Picos de Europa
Post by: parthenope on November 13, 2009, 20:16 PM
Wow that's obviously a lot of hard work to get such a good looking site up and running.

Congratulation Lisa it's a credit to you.

Thirteen people online when I looked!

Regards
Steve
Title: Re: The Picos de Europa
Post by: glennie on November 13, 2009, 20:46 PM
Brilliant site Lisa. Well done!  :clapping:
Title: Re: The Picos de Europa
Post by: Maria on November 14, 2009, 10:28 AM
Great site Lisa well done  :clapping: Its very clean and easy to navigate around.
Look forward to reading the blogs from up in the Picos.

Maria
Title: Re: The Picos de Europa
Post by: lucy on November 14, 2009, 10:57 AM
Congratulations Lisa  :clapping: (and Clive!)

Your hard work has paid off.  There's an amazing array of tempting things to click on.  Incredible how so much information is displayed in a very accessible way. 
Title: Re: The Picos de Europa
Post by: lisa on November 14, 2009, 20:28 PM
Thanks everyone  8)
The content to be added is a bit daunting now. Still, poco a poco. I'd be interested to hear of your browser experiences, particularly IE 8, Chrome and Safari. E.g. I discovered this a.m. that although all looked fine in IE 7, in Firefox it was a different story  ::) So I've changed the snowshoeing page to include a slideshow and got rid of the various snowshoe close-ups, but it loads a little hicuppy in Firefox. Something else to work on......
The Picos Blog author has been away under the guise of "Picos Picasso" painting the Alps (not red as far as I know  :o ) but will be back soon and under the pain of death a certain amount of gentle coercion to write regularly on mountain stuff.

P.S. 88 online is the record so far  :o
Title: Re: The Picos de Europa
Post by: Clive on November 14, 2009, 23:57 PM
Well done Lisa, You have worked hard to get the content up and it all looks pretty good now... Can only get better as you add more to the blogs and other sections....

Don't forget that the "online" number includes spiders and search bots as well as "real" people..... Now the site is live the search engines will be indexing it.... next step is a site map and Google analytics etc... :)

:sign:
Title: Re: The Picos de Europa
Post by: Maria on November 15, 2009, 11:15 AM
All looks fine in chrome  :)
Title: Re: The Picos de Europa
Post by: Sue on November 19, 2009, 20:00 PM
 :clapping: Well done Lisa 
A lot of hard work, producing great results  :clapping:
Title: Re: The Picos de Europa
Post by: nick on November 26, 2009, 14:28 PM
http://www.iberianature.com/spainblog/2009/11/picos-de-europa-online/
Title: Re: The Picos de Europa
Post by: lisa on November 26, 2009, 21:16 PM
 :sign:
Thanks Nick x
Title: Re: The Picos de Europa
Post by: lisa on December 03, 2009, 08:02 AM
Mike's first blog is up! A review of last winter in the Picos. (http://www.thepicosdeeuropa.com/picos-rock-and-snow/the-picos-blog/general-stuff/77-winter-review-0809.html)

(Working my way around Facebook and Youtube. Twitter next.....)
Title: Re: The Picos de Europa
Post by: Clive on December 03, 2009, 10:42 AM
Well done Mike!... (Lisa)..........of course the good thing about a website created with a content management system is that it is easy to manage the content even after the content is published.... Things like spelling and layout can be checked and corrected very easily  :technodevil: ..... One very good clue here would be the lovely phrase that almost always works....... "I before E except after C" ... Maybe a line space to break up the paragraphs a bit as well? :)

Title: Re: The Picos de Europa
Post by: lisa on December 03, 2009, 12:49 PM
Funny you should mention the i before c.... I was only trying to teach Olivia and Mike that one the other day. I resisted the urge to correct all ( :o) of the spelling because I think it adds to the content  >:D

Twitterers take your pick between http://twitter.com/ThePicos (http://twitter.com/ThePicos) or http://twitter.com/PicosRocknSnow (http://twitter.com/PicosRocknSnow) - or both!
Title: Re: The Picos de Europa
Post by: Dave on December 03, 2009, 13:05 PM
Hi All
Rules are for the guidance of wise men and the blind obedience of fools
Regards
Dave
Title: Re: The Picos de Europa
Post by: lisa on January 09, 2010, 18:52 PM
Latest article on a new canine anti-poison team for the Cantabrian mountains. (http://www.thepicosdeeuropa.com/environment/83-new-canine-anti-poisonteam.html)
Thought Tp had been quiet lately  :dancing:
Title: Re: The Picos de Europa
Post by: Maria on January 10, 2010, 12:50 PM
Wow thats amazing Lisa, I had no idea it was being done in the Andalucia as well, its good to hear lets hope it catches on  :santa_afro:
Title: Re: The Picos de Europa
Post by: lucy on January 10, 2010, 18:50 PM
Great news. 

The TP resemblance is striking - even down to the tight-fitting, anti-tick trousers.
Title: Re: The Picos de Europa
Post by: lisa on February 01, 2010, 11:05 AM
More articles going onto The Picos de Europa at last  :roxysnail:
The Death's head Hawkmoth (http://www.thepicosdeeuropa.com/invertebrates/87-deaths-head-hawkmoth.html) and
the Picos de Europa National Park's wolf census. (http://www.thepicosdeeuropa.com/picos-de-europa-mammals/86-wolf-census.html)
Title: Re: The Picos de Europa
Post by: Technopat on February 01, 2010, 11:31 AM
Greetings All,
Thanks for those great articles, Lisa! Excellent news on the anti-poison front. So two comunidades of the 17? Well, it's a start...

Yes, I have finally found my vocation in Life: setting up a nationwide one-stop anti-poison, anti-tick, anti-quad squad - The iberianatureforum ApAtAq Squad - as a successor to the Shroomie Squad.

All Full Shroomies are automatically members and others may apply to the board for admission.
 
Just-watch-my -our-smoke regs.,
Technopat
aPataq Squad Commander-in-Chief (Provisional)
Title: Re: The Picos de Europa
Post by: nick on February 01, 2010, 12:33 PM
Excellent Lisa

http://www.iberianature.com/spainblog/2010/02/wolves-in-the-picos-de-europa/
Title: Re: The Picos de Europa
Post by: Simon on February 01, 2010, 13:00 PM
Anti-poison, anti-tick, anti-quad - count me in - first field trials in May perhaps  :dancing:

Simon
Title: Re: The Picos de Europa
Post by: Technopat on February 01, 2010, 13:07 PM
Great - I'll bring the cava for the opening ceremony! :clapping:
Cheers!
Title: Re: The Picos de Europa
Post by: lisa on February 27, 2010, 15:21 PM
I'd thought this was just a crazy rumour but it's true, as part of a study some wolves in the Picos are going to be radio-collared. (http://www.thepicosdeeuropa.com/picos-de-europa-mammals/93-radio-tracking-wolves.html) There are worries in some quarters that it's just so they'll be easier to shoot when "necessary". Whatever, I think it's a step forward.
Title: Re: The Picos de Europa
Post by: lisa on October 22, 2010, 10:48 AM
After a very slack period I'm gathering my summer material together. First up are a couple of beautiful beetles. (http://www.thepicosdeeuropa.com/invertebrates/108-summer-beetles.html)
Title: Re: The Picos de Europa
Post by: nick on October 22, 2010, 19:57 PM
lovely photos Lisa
Title: Re: The Picos de Europa
Post by: Rickyjose on October 25, 2010, 23:50 PM
Dito - nice pics!

Note, that there is a little typo in the second one - it should be spelled Hoplia with i.

Cheers,

Thomas
Title: Re: The Picos de Europa
Post by: lisa on October 27, 2010, 11:32 AM
Thanks both, and typo corrected Thomas! Next up, new butterflies. (http://www.thepicosdeeuropa.com/invertebrates/butterflies/109-lepidoptera-lifers.html)
Title: Re: The Picos de Europa
Post by: glennie on October 27, 2010, 14:46 PM
Camberwell Beauty.

The butterfly I have always wanted to see.  :)

And what absolutely brilliant photos!
Title: Re: The Picos de Europa
Post by: lucy on October 27, 2010, 18:54 PM
Brilliant collection of butterflies - the Spanish Chestnut heath photos are specially nice - completely new species for me.

Glen, if you're ever near BCN in spring, I know a great place to see Camberwell Beauties.
Title: Re: The Picos de Europa
Post by: glennie on October 27, 2010, 21:47 PM
Will take you up on that Lucy. (Closer than Camberwell.  :biggrin:)
Title: Re: The Picos de Europa
Post by: lisa on November 30, 2010, 07:39 AM
I've made a new section for trip reports away from the Picos. The latest is what Teresa and I didn't but did see in Extremadura (http://www.thepicosdeeuropa.com/travel-diaries/112-never-mind-the-bustards.html)

 :dancing:
Title: Re: The Picos de Europa
Post by: nick on November 30, 2010, 11:28 AM
Wow! Trip report of the year goes to Lisa. I've only read two pages so far, so much information and utterly wonderful photos especially of the otters!

Thought this was intereting: Driving into Monfragüe National Park, through ripped-out eucalyptus plantations replaced by young indigenous oaks,

Really fantastic job Lisa!
Title: Re: The Picos de Europa
Post by: Dave on November 30, 2010, 18:59 PM
Hi Lisa
That was a trip report and a half, and some wonderful shots especially the otters
Regards
Dave
Title: Re: The Picos de Europa
Post by: nick on December 01, 2010, 08:06 AM
Just finsihed it, brought back pleasant memories of our day out near Barcelona. I hadn't realised it was the same trip you posted here last year, but with pictures. So, award goes to the best re-issue of the year!
Title: Re: The Picos de Europa
Post by: lisa on December 01, 2010, 09:39 AM
Thanks both, the otters really were fantastic.
Nick, I think it's confusing you that at the bottom of the Extremadura report it says "next" - meaning next report, not next page  ::)
Perhaps it's more obvious from the category page
http://www.thepicosdeeuropa.com/travel-diaries.html (http://www.thepicosdeeuropa.com/travel-diaries.html)
Can I have my prize back please?
Title: Re: The Picos de Europa
Post by: nick on December 01, 2010, 11:11 AM
Right got you, Little fluffy iberianature in the post.

Title: Re: The Picos de Europa
Post by: lucy on December 02, 2010, 21:43 PM
Gorgeous photos Lisa!  Lucky you, seeing the otter family.  Were you using a big zoom or did they let you come close?
I love the Azure-winged Magpie in the tree.
Title: Re: The Picos de Europa
Post by: lisa on January 24, 2011, 09:15 AM
Sorry Lucy, I forgot to say that at the end I'd managed to get pretty close!
Over the weekend I've been returning to last summer with some dragon and damselflies that I managed to photograph (http://www.thepicosdeeuropa.com/invertebrates/113-dragons-and-damsels.html).
Title: Re: The Picos de Europa
Post by: lucy on January 24, 2011, 09:37 AM
Thanks for that escape from icy January!
Title: Re: The Picos de Europa
Post by: Rosie on January 24, 2011, 19:48 PM
Well done on your hard work, Lisa.

It all looks good on Mozilla Firefox.

Rosie
Title: Re: The Picos de Europa
Post by: lisa on February 27, 2011, 20:33 PM
I've been a little quiet here on the forum recently because thepicosdeeuropa.com (http://www.thepicosdeeuropa.com/) has had to go through an overhaul thanks to what they call being "compromised" (combined with my innocence in looking after it)  ::) So it has a slightly different look and still more stuff to put back on. Check out the latest bear news (http://www.thepicosdeeuropa.com/bears/61-latest-numbers.html) and the San Glorio in the Guardian. (http://www.thepicosdeeuropa.com/san-glorio/62-biodiversity-100-san-glorio-in-the-guardian.html)
Title: Re: The Picos de Europa
Post by: lucy on February 28, 2011, 10:25 AM
Congratulations on a very speedy recovery!
Title: Re: The Picos de Europa
Post by: lisa on June 07, 2011, 17:14 PM
Wild flower meadows full of ticks orchids and insect life and Wallcreepers in the peaks on a recent few days out with Teresa (Tree) and her colleague Jeff Clarke on their Picos de Europa wildlife holiday.http://www.thepicosdeeuropa.com/wildlife/general-nature/80-meadows-bugs-and-wallcreepers.html (http://www.thepicosdeeuropa.com/wildlife/general-nature/80-meadows-bugs-and-wallcreepers.html)
Title: Re: The Picos de Europa
Post by: nick on June 07, 2011, 23:45 PM
Lovely stiff Lisa. Never get me in that cable car though