Today I went hiking with my friend Julie (a fellow Fulbrighter who is studying frogs in Doña Ana National Park, just outside Sevilla, check out her blog here: http://sevilla2013.wordpress.com/ ) and some of her friends from the lab she works at. We went to the Sierra de Aracena, which is a natural park in the region called Huelva, which is just west of Sevilla. Here's a website with lots of info about it: http://sierradearacena.com/
|Here you can see all the different regions of Andalucía.|
It was amazing to go hiking with a bunch of biologists—they were able to identify every plant species and the few animals we saw too. It gave me a different appreciation of nature and hiking—usually I’m there for the grand views, but I never realized how much beauty there is in distinguishing between all the flora and fauna.
|For example, this is a cork tree that they make wine bottle corks from.|
You can see where they've taken the bark off; they will let it grow back,
and then they will again take the bark.
|The beginning of the trail. Already at|
this point I'd been shown different
kinds of berries and some chestnut trees.
We woke up bright and early and took a bus an hour’s ride to a town called Los Marines. From there we hiked to another small pueblo called Linares, where we ate lunch in their mini Plaza de Toros, and then we hiked up-hill to Aracena.
|Some olive trees. |
|I thought this door was cool, it was just on the edge of Linares. |
|This is one of the main plazas in Linares. Every way you looked there was a beautiful |
view of whitewashed buildings and the hills in the background.
|This is one of the main plazas in Aracena. |