Wednesday, March 4, 2009

A lovely way to start the day: Pi d'en xandri i Montserrat


From Michael, in Barcelona, via email:




Out for a run, in the local natural park.

Sant Cugat is on the outskirts of Barcelona, with a small mountain separating the two. That
mountain is a national park, or something. And it has several trails through it. I went running
about 2 km down to the trail, and then another 1.5 km up the trail.

Past an iconic tree* and up the mountain.

Birds, lovely mediteranean foliage, views of a baroque church on the mountain top, several
kilometers away. Exercising will be a pleasure!


* (The black and white photo was taken by pepau and is posted according to Creative Commons liscence. If you click on the photo, you'll see his original post on flickr. You can see pepau's other flickr photos here. I've read that this tree is over 200 years old. It's an Umbrella Tree.

The color photo, taken by cercamon was posted on Panoramio. Click on the photo and you'll see the original post, plus a map of the area, plus an aerial view. Even better, click on the "Look Around" link below the original photo, for more views of this obviously beloved tree.

Hope to publish my own photos before too long! Laura, editor-in-chief)

3 comments:

harmonic said...

The mountain in the background is Montserrat.

llefton said...

Cool tree! It can't stand up on it's own, but needs to be supported by dead trees. There's a moral there, but since I lost an hour of sleep last night, I can't quite articulate it. So I'll just stick with "Cool Tree".

llefton said...

Cool tree! It can't stand up on it's own, but needs to be supported by dead trees. There's a moral there, but since I lost an hour of sleep last night, I can't quite articulate it. So I'll just stick with "Cool Tree".