South, to Spain & Sun!

Summer in Northern Europe is a very different experience to that in the South – in time and intensity.  Driving through France is a relaxed and pleasant affair (the shenanigans at Calais excluded).  The French countryside down to the Loire Valley is green and undulating, with fields of cheerful sunflowers and row upon row of vineyards.  The villages are quaint and somnolent in the heat of summer…  Crossing the Pyrenees into Spain, the sun gets hotter, the land more arid and the proximity of Africa is evident: Vultures circle, Yellow-billed kites soar and the vast plains of sun bleached grass are reminiscent of the highveldt.  So too are the wide, blue skies…

The harsh and rocky environment of Sax, Valenciana, Spain.

The harsh and rocky environment of Sax, Valenciana, Spain.

The history of Spain is long and complex. As we travel and learn about the present, the past exerts an influence and reminds us how much of what we see is built on that which came before…

The Castle in Sax, Valenciana, Spain.

The Castle in Sax, Valenciana, Spain.

Hunting is widespread in Spain and outside protected areas not much survives. What wildlife we do see also reminds us that we we do today will affect our future and that of our sons and daughters…

Scarce Swallowtail in Biar, Valenciana, Spain.

Scarce Swallowtail in Biar, Valenciana, Spain.

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