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Fifty Shades of Gold #3

a field of dried wildflowers 26-7-13On the way to the supermarket, a field of dried wildflowers. July 26, 2013.

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CBBH Photo Challenge: Old Posts

old post1 15-3-13 Taking an afternoon stroll along the Thyme Track, so called because in the summer it is lined with fragrant wild thyme, we come across two old wooden posts. A third lays flat on the ground. The wood is old, seasoned. The rich colour is such that people in London would pay a high price for rustic wooden flooring of this precise shade.

old post3  15-3-13Why are the posts there, beside a rough track, in an isolated valley, halfway up an uncultivated hillside?

It is easy to forget that the valley has seen countless generations of occupants. This area has an ancient tradition of occupation and agriculture. Near Ronda are the Roman ruins of Acinipo, plus the paleolithic cave paintings at Cueva de la Pilata. Andalucía has a history of bandits and vagabonds who roamed the mountains. During the Spanish Civil War, Republican fighters evaded capture by Nationalist forces by living in the remote mountain caves of the Serranía de Ronda.

On the hillside around the wooden posts there is not just wild scrub but also abandoned olive trees. Their gnarled trunks are proof that they are hundreds of years old, un-cropped and un-pruned for decades. Were they abandoned because of their inaccessibility?
5 to remember
de madera – wooden
el poste – post
viejo/a – old
curado/a – seasoned
el color – colour

This post is written in response to East of Malaga’s CONEJO BLANCO BLOG HOP. To read more about Marianne’s monthly Spanish Photo Challenge and to read other posts on the same theme, click here

Mud nest – spider or wasp?

I’ve found the first mud nest hidden under one of the sofa cushions in the garden. mud nest 3-8-13In previous years we’ve found lots of these. When smashed open they were single cell and full of tiny spiders so we, logically, assumed they were a spider’s nest. But they are in fact a type of wasp, the mud dauber, which lays its eggs in the 1in long mud nest and before sealing it up she leaves food – the paralyzed spiders – for the larvae to eat when they hatch.

These are solitary wasps, no workers to provide food so the Queen looks after her own larvae. They are supposedly non-aggressive, long and slender, shaped more like a fly than the fatter wasps we are familiar with it in the UK, but with the giveaway black and yellow banding on its abdomen.
5 to remember
la avispa – wasp
la araña – spider
el avispero – wasp nest
el barro – mud
escondido/a – hidden