In the National Park of the Pyrénées in Cerdagne (Parc Naturel Régional
des Pyrénées Catalanes, Pyrénées Orientales), summer announces its
arrival (officially June 22nd) with a fanfare.
As the snow melts it flows as crystal clear tributaries – forming
streams that feed into roaring rivers and high altitude lakes.
Pouring down the steep rocky slopes of the mountains, the icy waters
bring life as flowers burst into colour in their wake.
There are few patches of snow remaining – unusual for this time
of year as temperatures mount, just as the ski season was shorter
than in previous years. Defying ‘predictable’, Nature continues to
alter the timing of events and create a new calendar, outside the
framework that once defined the seasons.
Hiking in the valley of Campcardos, with the ‘Porteilla Blanca’ of
Andorra ahead in the distance, rhododendrons smother the riverbanks
in pink but are yet to open higher up as they cling to the sides of
the mountains. Tiny orchids are nestled in shady corners and wild
horses roam freely in feilds of buttercups…