An Autumn Morning in Parc del Garraf, Catalunya

The rain and storms of the past few days brought a freshness to the air on this crisp autumn morning in el Garraf. The pathway was strewn with needles cast from the pine trees, washed down the hill by gushing torrents, making a soft carpet for us to walk on.

 

Sweep got straight into the serious business of walking in the heartening October sun.

 

The trail took us into the forest...

 

Across the wide open fields where Cava procure their grapes...

 

Like so many places we’ve seen this area is also spoilt by pollution. After a rainfall the chemicals used in the vineyards are washed into the river and carried through the forest where they form white foam, similar to the grim, clingy stuff we saw in the Rio Ebro at Caspe.

 

Pollution seems to be a major problem in Spain. This whole area is rife with litter too.

 

The path took us back into the forest where sunlight danced through the almost bare trees.

 

Only pines gave us shelter from the sun...

 

Under a pure blue sky...

 

We stepped through the shadows, kissed by the warmth of the sun...

 

Walked beside the misty vineyards...

 

Back to the beginning...

 

Autumn cuts a starker landscape, stripped of its foliage and cover so that bare bones and signs of industrious beauty give new life and new meaning to a familiar place.

 

Charlotte wasn't home this morning...

 

Christmas came early in this web; tiny baubles of rain refracting the light of the sun like guiding lights for the tiniest life forms to find their way into the stomach of the former resident.

 

And while I captured my little friend in picture form...

 

Sweep waited patiently...

 

And Charlotte settled into her new home.

 

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