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Out of my comfort zone and onto the NW ridge of Tozal del Cartujo

This is my version of a day scrambling I had in the Sierra Nevada on the NW ridge of Tozal del Cartujo. Thankfully I was in the competent company of Richard, Felipe and Andrew, who all helped to keep me calm, make me laugh and make me feel confident. Yes I can do it.

The four of us met in Lanjaron and drove to the ski centre above Granada to catch the gondola to the middle station and then the chair lift to below Veleta (in July and August the ski chair lifts are open and give you a … Read the rest

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What night time visitors do we get in the garden?

Have you ever wondered what night time visitors you get in your garden? Well I did, I know we have them, they leave evidence behind, some more so than others! So I set up a camera trap that I’m lucky to have and hope never to have stolen.

wild boar

The original idea of having the camera trap was to locate where my Booted Eagle was nesting and attach it near there (obviously before nesting season so as not to disturb them), but that is still work in progress. In the meantime to learn how to use this I set it up … Read the rest

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How fragile life is

A poppy seems, to me, a good example of how fragile life is. I photographed these beautiful poppies in the morning, a few hours later they were gone, gone for good.


On Wednesday we were out in the eastern Sierra Nevada, as I slogged my way up a very wet and hot scree slope to the top I wondered why on earth I was doing this. I had to take a selfie on the summit of the mountain as Richard and Dexter had gone another route climbing up a snow gully and were not at the top when I got … Read the rest

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Sunset – the ever changing colours of the sky over Lanjaron

As you know living here in the Alpujarras, the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, we are often treated to spectacular sunsets over Lanjaron (the gateway to the Alpujarras). March 8th was one of those evenings that didn’t disappoint. I took so many photos I thought I would share some of the forever changing colours. I have collected photos of the skies here for quite a number of years, you can view them at this link.











I even took a short video.

Why not come and see for yourself and maybe take a walk. Spring is the perfect … Read the rest

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2005 Fire above Lanjaron

I got this video from Pepe’s blog it shows the devastation to the Sierra Nevada from the fire above Lanjaron in 2005

El incendio de Tello (2º parte) web coment

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A wildfire at the end of the season

Today we have had our first and only major wildfire this summer. We nearly made it to the end of summer without one. I grabbed the point and press camera before taking the dogs out this morning, quite a normal thing for me to do. Whilst walking I thought I could smell smoke, I looked around and to my amazement the hillside opposite Lanjaron (Sierra de los Guájares) was in flames with smoke billowing out. How I had not seen that before ive no idea, must have been sleepy still.

I took photos with the little camera and even a … Read the rest

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Gota Fria arrived again

Remember this? My birthday in September 2007

A Gota Fria is :- Gota Fria or ‘Cold Drop’ occurs when warm air saturated with water vapour rises and meets a much colder layer high up in the atmosphere. The sudden change in air temperature causes the water vapour saturated air to cool quickly and as a result the water vapour coalesces and falls as extremely heavy intense rainfall. The conditions necessary for a Gota Fria to form are often found in the autumn when the sea temperature is still high but upper airstreams are much cooler. A Gota Fria is usually Read the rest

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My camera lessons with Chiz Dakin

Spanish Highs Mountain Guides has joined forces with award winning professional landscape photographer and travel writer Chiz Dakin to run outdoor photography courses here in Lanjaron, so when she phoned to say she was coming over to check out some locations, I volunteered to drive her around in return for some lessons with my camera. I have a Nikon D40 and brought a AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED lens to go with it. No idea what all the numbers and letters mean but I guess it means something to someone.

Since having the camera I always had it on the … Read the rest

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The new camera lens

So we have had the camera nearly a month and here are some of my attempts at using it, some good, some ok and some really bad. You can click on the slideshow at anytime and view the full size pictures.

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Close call with fire

Last night as we left the house about 8pm we saw the unmistakable sight of smoke billowing down the mountain side, can mean only one thing at this time of year, FIRE! Luckily for us it was on the mountain opposite so our house would never have been in trouble unless the fire came down very low and jumped the valley but some of our friends live on that mountain. We reached the intended bar and found our friends in their, told them (they had no idea a fire was going on), so they left and went home, one of … Read the rest

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