This week I ventured solo to a nearby trail walking area by the village of Can Corbera, Catalunya, about an hours journey by train from Barcelona. The weather was beautiful; plentiful sunshine & pure blue skies highlighted with quilted whisps of slowly progressing cloud. Retrospectively I set out a little later than I ought to have, since I discovered there were trails leading from the main route I had initially mapped to nearby sign-posted peaks purportedly offering photographic views of the pine forested region. Within the time frame I had before losing light I visited three of the local peaks
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Can Corbera is situated on the south east corner of a mountainous region called Serra de Collcardús, west of the city of Terrassa & north north west of Barcelona. After disembarking from the train it took me a mere five minutes to traverse Can Corbera & a further 10 minutes to reach the first sign-posted trail along my route: Turó de la Barrumbina 471m.
The trails were fairly easy going & marked periodically with painted stones for guidance. Also sign-posted were fonts which I decided I didn't have time to visit, though I intend to check them out another time. Along the road side I also noted a sign which divluged information about the forming of the land; the main rock formations are sandstone, pudding stone & quartz, dating back 230 million years to the Triasic period. I also stumbled across what seemed to be remains of structures, resembling dwellings, but have not been able to find out any information about their antiquity.
The other two peaks I visited were Turó de les Guixeres 577m & Turó de les Bassotes 539m. The symbol of a camera on each sign indictaed photographic opportunities, but though the views from these peaks are vast they are rather unspectacular, revealing large local urban areas & endless low lying mountain slopes of mainly pine forest. The castle style building pictured is Castillo Sant Lluís de Ristol, a restaurant capable of dining up to 240 guests & with its own chapel, is renowned for hosting weddings.
The photography I primarily enjoyed during this outing was capturing the local flora in all its spring time glory; mostly tiny flowers, of culinary herbs farigola, salvia, romani, etc. There are all sorts of interesting forms humbly offered up for the delectation of the more curious observer; not forgetting our insect friends too, the ants measuring up to 2cm in length.
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