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« on: July 25, 2008, 13:21 PM »
Hi all,

I've started this new thread for independent bloggers on iberianature to post their updates:

1. I’m pleased announce that Simon has just begun his own blog on iberianature. As you will have noticed, Simon is an excellent writer with an eye for the quirkier side of things, and is, like myself, a geographer who enjoys looking for patterns in landscapes, and interplay between geography, history and nature. He divides his time between Tarragona city and Fígols de Tremps, a hamlet in the Leridan Pyrenees so he’ll be concentrating on southern and eastern Catalonia.

http://iberianature.com/simonsblog/

2. Lucy also has a lovely, new post which you may or may not have seen on the swifts of Collserola.

http://iberianature.com/lucyblog/2008/07/swifts-in-collserola/
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« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2008, 17:38 PM »
Lovely descriptions Simon, I particularly like the "sinuous lane snaking"  :clapping:
One little piece of advice - when you're making an http link there's a box that says "Target" so you can choose to make the link open in a new window meaning people don't leave Iberianature  :)
www.picos-accommodation.co.uk
Accommodation, ski touring, snowshoeing, walking and info on the flora and fauna of the Picos de Europa.
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« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2008, 18:19 PM »
Hi Simon,
Excellent descriptions.  My favourite part is when you describe walking with Lucky, the way you can use her eyes and nose.  But I wouldn't fancy being pulled downhill by a husky with no idea about tender, creaky human knees!!

"The rocks hereabouts are all conglomerate dating from the Oligaene period.  These formations crop up all over Catalunya . . ."   Does that include Montserrat and the Cingleras around the Plana de Vic?  What does "conglomerate" mean in this case?


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« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2008, 08:39 AM »
Hi Guys and Gals,

Your both being too kind by far - if I could write like Lucy then I think I'd have something to be proud about!

Lisa, thanks for that tip, I'll just done this successfully - I wish I knew this tip when I did my Casa Rafela page, as I'll now have to edit about 100 links by hand! :banghead:

Lucy, your ears must have been burning as we've been talking about the downhill husky slalom problem a a lot over the weekend! Lucky is nottoo bad, as it happens, but Steak, who's a 'real' husky, is a disaster - if he feels you hesitating or trying to rein him in he just pulls harder! In fact I'm only getting these hard walks done because Streak's been grounded these last few months with a bad foot (that's better now though, but he's grounded himself because he rather likes lolling around on the sofa watching telly!) :dancing:

Regs

Simon


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« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2008, 09:53 AM »
Hi Lucy,

Yes, you're right about Montserrat - what a duffer I am!  :technodevil:

Actually, I identified the geology from my prized paper copy of the Institut Cartogràfic de Catalunya's 1:250 000 geology map of Catalonia. In the key it identifies the geology and lists the largest examples. I judged Montsant is the best known from this list, which also includes the Congost de Collegats as a contender, but I didn't give this as it's very near to Serradell (it's where I was ccamping in fact!).

Montserrat, by contrast is such a tiny outcop of this conglomerate that you pretty much need a magnifying glass to see it on this map! (check it here on the on-line version: http://www.icc.cat/vissir2/?lang=ca_ES&toponim=montserrat&zoom=4&lat=4605700&lon=403400&layers=00BTFFFFT) Montserrat is the red polka dots on a yellow background.

It goes without saying that Montserrat, with its cultural significance and the way that it dwarfs the surrounding landscape, is far away away a better known piece of geology than almost the rest of Catalonia put together! Not that this mattered on jot to the cartographer/geologist, however!

I've looked at the Pla de Vic and there's no outcrop of this type there, and I'll have to leave it to you to research the cingles as I don't know the area, so wouldn't know what to look for.

I've used the term 'conglomerate' in it's simplest form of just describing the physical form of the rocks, (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conglomerate_%28geology%29) and given their date as a slightly more refind I.D. beyond that it gets incredibly complicated and well beyond my competence. Here's an example regarding Monserrat, for example, " The significance of the fracture pattern of the Late-Eocene Montserrat fan-delta, Catalan Coastal Ranges (NE Spain)" and that's just the title!  :technodevil:

Meanwhile, thanks to your query I've discovered an interesting download about a nineteenth century British geologist's tour in Spain, so I'll start this off on it's own post: http://www.iberianatureforum.com/index.php?topic=1747.msg14693#msg14693

Regs

Simon
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« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2008, 13:03 PM »
Hi all,
I’ve put something new on the blog.  It’s quite cooling if you’re feeling the heat.

http://iberianature.com/lucyblog/2008/07/splash/

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« Reply #6 on: July 31, 2008, 13:46 PM »
Excellent photos Lucy... Keep on blogging.. :)
Explore the nature of Iberia at www.wildsideholidays.com

The beautiful town of Ronda, the City of Dreams?

The spectacular Caminito del Rey, El Chorro and Guadalhorce reservoirs El Camino del Rey

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« Reply #7 on: July 31, 2008, 18:49 PM »
Hi Lucy, a lovely blog - as ever, hitting the nail on the head!

Simon

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« Reply #8 on: August 03, 2008, 08:57 AM »
Hi Guys and gals,

It's a day beyond my self-imposed deadline but here's this week's Simon's Blog:

http://iberianature.com/simonsblog/

Kep on dancin'  :dancing:

Simon
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« Reply #9 on: August 03, 2008, 22:32 PM »
Cool blog Lucy  :)

Blog on Simon  8)
(Goes for both last 2 entries).

www.picos-accommodation.co.uk
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And now,
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« Reply #10 on: August 05, 2008, 13:40 PM »
Hi all,
The account of the Collserola walk (as mentioned by Nick) is now up.

http://iberianature.com/lucyblog/2008/08/a-walk-in-the-woods/
« Last Edit: August 05, 2008, 14:49 PM by nick »

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« Reply #11 on: August 05, 2008, 14:53 PM »
Many, many thanks for that Lucy. A poetic and dramatic description of the evening which brought everything flooding back.

The encounters with the nightjar and in particular watching the boar at 3 metres for several minutes will be unforgettable. As for our eight legged friends...
« Last Edit: August 05, 2008, 16:03 PM by nick »
Nick
http://iberianature.com/barcelona/history-of-barcelona/spanish-civil-war-tour-in-barcelona/
Spanish Civil War Tours in Barcelona
http://www.iberianature.com/
A guide to the environment, climate, wildlife, & nature of Spain
The Amazon/Forum Bookshop - lend us a hand
http://www.iberianatureforum.com/shop/index.htm
And also now The Natural History of Britain
http://iberianature.com/brita

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« Reply #12 on: August 05, 2008, 18:47 PM »
Hi Lucy
Great Blog. I would love to go walking in the country at night around Torre, but not on my own, and there are no ther alternatives  :'(
Regards
Dave

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« Reply #13 on: August 05, 2008, 22:11 PM »
Hi Lucy,

What a brilliant blog! I've been looking forward to seeing your report ever since talking to a very bleary eyed sounding Nick on Sunday morning - it looks like your evening lived up to all his hyperbole!

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« Reply #14 on: August 18, 2008, 14:19 PM »
Well it's a week and a bit overdue according to my self-imposed deadline. But here's the blog that's kept me up at nights. Actually I've had other priorities and problems with images in my archives :banghead:

Hope you all enjoy! :sign:

Regards

Simon

http://iberianature.com/simonsblog/2008/08/gaudi-on-a-natural-high-the-argenteria-waterfall-congost-de-collegats-lleida/
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« Reply #15 on: August 20, 2008, 11:07 AM »
Anyone who has seen La Sagrada Familia should read this, Fascinating story which you lead us slowly into.
Nick
http://iberianature.com/barcelona/history-of-barcelona/spanish-civil-war-tour-in-barcelona/
Spanish Civil War Tours in Barcelona
http://www.iberianature.com/
A guide to the environment, climate, wildlife, & nature of Spain
The Amazon/Forum Bookshop - lend us a hand
http://www.iberianatureforum.com/shop/index.htm
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« Reply #16 on: August 26, 2008, 15:03 PM »
There's been talk about bee-eaters recently on the Forum, and I've just been blogging about them too.

http://iberianature.com/lucyblog/2008/08/last-of-the-summers-bee-eaters/

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« Reply #17 on: September 05, 2008, 11:10 AM »
Better-late-than-never department: I've finally finished this, last, the week-before-last week's blog  :banghead:

The feeble excuse is that I was in the middle of writing one book when another commission came in, then I've been asked to do some photography for both, then a suggestion that I start a web page to advertise all this, and, oh yes, my head hurts! :technodevil:

Hope you like it!

Simon

PS Mrs S and Lucy are ships-passing-in-the-night today  ??? as Lucy comes back down to the coast while The Pack head off to make camp. For me it's a power lunch meeting in Barcelona tomorrow and then the 330 km/h train to Lleida followed by a 45 km/h trundle up the branch line to la Pobla de Segur (life in the fast lane or what!) but at least it means that next week's blog will be based in the countryside  :dancing:
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« Reply #18 on: September 09, 2008, 11:46 AM »
I've just posted a small update about the Barcelona Zoo heronry - mainly about how the herons get on with the pelicans and what's going on at the end of August.

http://iberianature.com/lucyblog/2008/09/herons-and-pelicans/

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« Reply #19 on: September 09, 2008, 17:57 PM »
Thanks for that,

Do you know how many herons stay in the winter Lucy?

I love the watery photo of the heron shaking the goldfish. Looks like its's walking underwater
Nick
http://iberianature.com/barcelona/history-of-barcelona/spanish-civil-war-tour-in-barcelona/
Spanish Civil War Tours in Barcelona
http://www.iberianature.com/
A guide to the environment, climate, wildlife, & nature of Spain
The Amazon/Forum Bookshop - lend us a hand
http://www.iberianatureforum.com/shop/index.htm
And also now The Natural History of Britain
http://iberianature.com/brita