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  1. Theatregal

    Birds & Insects on the Camino

    On the camino I've noticed birds but really didn't pay close attention until my last camino on the very quiet Invierno in June 2019. As I walked alone and slower the whole way, I started to focus more on the birds and insects I was seeing and hearing. Since March 2020, staying home and with my...
  2. dick bird

    Old routes in Spain

    https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20210923-the-revival-of-spains-epic-pastoral-migration Many caminos use pre-existing routes, many of which were used by pastoralists, for example, the via de la Plata was used as a transhumance route and the via de la Lana existed for that main purpose...
  3. B

    Name this flower (please)

    The photo of some flowers I saw on my camino was taken in October 2016 between Lacommande and Oloron. I had previously seen similar flowers in Spain -- fields of them giving the whole field a pink blush. I asked what they were called in Villalcázar de Sirga, and the barman said they were called...
  4. Gadflyparexcellence

    Indeed there are lilacs on the Camino

    While writing a piece on lilacs recently (see below), I had an uncanny feeling that I had seen them somewhere on Camino Francis during one of my walks. But I couldn't recall exactly where I had seen them. I posed a question on a thread on flowers on this forum asking if anyone have seen lilacs...
  5. pepi

    Griffon vultures along the Camino

    One of the highlights of walking in northern Spain, - especially in the first etapas of the Camino Frances over the Pyrenees and in the Picos de Europa –, is the sight of the majestic Vultures. One of the reasons why 90 percent of all European griffon vultures live in Spain is the behavior of...
  6. Peregrinopaul

    Le Puy: it took me 60 years. Spoiler: geology

    When I was a boy, maybe aged 12, I was given as a Christmas present this book. A satisfyingly hefty book about the history of the planet. My parents knew I was interested in rocks and fossils, and this book certainly fed my appetite. There was of course a chapter all about volcanoes, and...
  7. BombayBill

    Gardeners Guide to Camino

    Here is a link to a book that details a gardener’s perspective of the Camino Frances. https://uofrpress.ca/Books/T/The-Way-of-the-Gardener
  8. Peregrinopaul

    The Cordoba Mezquita Geology Museum

    I’m indulging myself here, as an ex geologist. When I visited the Mezquita in 2018, I was astonished at the beauty and variety of source rocks for the celebrated 850 columns of the hypostyle hall. I shouldn’t have been, because apparently they were recycled columns from previous Roman and...
  9. J

    Camino with the most nature / forest

    Good day In the past I have walk the camino Norte, Vía de la Plata, Primitivo and Portuguese. In all these camino's there is a mix of walking on the street and in the nature/forest. For example there is a lot of walking on the street while doing the Norte. From your experience what are the...
  10. VNwalking

    A weird post for a weird time - the amphibians of Alhambra

    I just saw this interesting article about the Alhambra. It's not the usual. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/aug/27/alhambra-palace-spain-amphibians-little-known-inhabitants-aoe If you go there and can peel your eyes away from the buildings, there are other things to notice. It's...
  11. peregrina2000

    Ojo Güareña on the Camino Olvidado

    I’ve been doing some poking around the internet in preparation for another Zoom meeting on the Olvidado. I should stop, because I have been finding some amazing sites that are not on camino, just a stone’s throw away. But I was totally oblivious when I walked. Here’s one of the most amazing...
  12. D

    Wild boar and dolphins in downtown Almeria

    While the human population of Almeria is locked down, the local fauna are checking out the city's ramblas and beaches:
  13. Kathy F.

    Wildfire Season?

    I have a friend who was planning to walk the CP in the fall, but is now hesitant because she has read that the fall is "wildfire season" and doesn't want to take the chance. I'd never heard of a wildfire season in Portugal that would affect one's walking the Camino. But, I never looked into it...
  14. MaggieQYogini

    Any wild life safety concerns on the French Way??

    I plan to go on my 1st Camino (the French Way) in the last week of May to June of 2020. Watched many YouTube videos and reading the Forum. Being the journey treks through large areas of wilderness, are there any danger with wild life?
  15. VNwalking

    Do you like rocks?

    If you are walking: The initial stages of the Frances The Baztanes The Vasco Interior or the Via de bayona The beginning half of the Olvidado The beginning of the Norte... And you are a geologist or simply a rock afficionado, then... Here is a paper you will love...
  16. M

    Birds

    What birds will I see on the Camino?
  17. C

    Wildlife on the Primitivo in Galicia

    I am due to start my Camino in Lugo next week and wonder if I will be lucky enough to see any wildlife whilst walking. Has anyone seen anything of interest ?
  18. N

    Are there snakes on the Camino?

    Are they seen often? In any particular area? Any dangerous?
  19. D

    Move away from the toxic caterpillars!

    In spring you're likely to encounter Pine Processional Caterpillars. You might see their nests, which look like cotton candy / candy floss or you might see them on the move in a conga-line procession. (This photo is from a friend of mine who is walking in the south of Spain today). You can...
  20. Houlet

    Should Rock Stacking be Banned?

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-45146681 An article from the BBC website, I don't do it but surely an over reaction?
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