Mountain moods

We awoke to overcast skies but rain was not forecast so we set out to climb Puig des Tossals Verds, the highest of the Tossals group at 1118 m.

We parked at the Font de Noguer close to Cuber reservoir and followed the GR221 along side the Canal des Embassaments, the water channel that carries water from Gorg Blau to Cuber. Today it was dry.

554 Alongside the canaletta

631 Signpost Crossing over the channel we began to climb through the holm oak wood towards the Coll des Coloms, Pigeon Pass. At the signposts at the coll we turned right to begin the steady climb up through the woods. The signposts indicated that it would take us 1 hour 5 min to the summit. After about 30 min we emerged from the woods close to an old snow pit. From here a narrow track  to our left led to the summit. It is well marked with little Mallorcan cairns and there are no technical bits.

Just on the edge of the woodland Janice pointed to a small white dot in the undergrowth. On closer inspection it was a flower that I had never seen before. It was pure white but half hidden in the dense foliage. A photographers nightmare. A bit like wedding photography. Do you expose for the brides white dress or the grooms dark suit?My little compact did its best but the flower was a bit burnt out. However it gave me enough info to identify it.

560 Cephalanthera longfolia560 Narrow leaved Helleborine

I think it is Cephalanthera longfolia, the Narrow leaved Helleborine.

The flowers remain closed except when it is warm and sunny and the leaves are thin and hairless. Despite searching around we only found the one specimen.

Soon we were at the summit and could rest and admire the 360 degree view.

580 On top of the world

574 Tony admires the view

                                          Tony looking out towards Massanella

Conditions were changing by the minute with occasional busts of sunlight enhancing the views. It was good to sit here in the quiet and see some of my favourite mountains from an unfamiliar angle.

592 Mountain moods

                                  Puig Major, its summit obscured by cloud.

565 Mountain moods

603 Asphodel

All to soon it was time to begin our descent.

623 The descent

The weather was starting to clear and on the final stretch alongside the canaletta we could look down on Gorg Blau.

Gorg Blau panorama

633 Nearly back

It had been a marvellous day. Conditions were superb. The heavy clouds and bursts of sunshine added to the mood. Much better than clear blue skies.

I have stitched one or two images together to try and recreate the experience from the summit.

01 Looking south

                                    Looking south towards the sugar-loaf mountains.

02 Looking east

                                     Looking east towards Massanella and Gorg Blau


Back at the car I was knackered and needed a quick siesta before the journey back to Porto Soller and a nice cool beer.



About crosbyman66

My aim is to create a photo diary of my walks and my travels. I have two main hobbies, walking and photography and these complement each other. I am a senior citizen, what used to be called an old age pensioner, but I don't feel old. Since retirement I have had more time to pursue my hobbies and the opportunity to travel more. My philosophy now is - Do what you can, while you can. My other interests are fine wines and keeping fit. These may not complement each other but keep me happy.
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2 Responses to Mountain moods

  1. Marie says:

    WOW, another great walk and interesting photos! Places and nature are never boring. Your lucky to live so close to a variety of cultures, languages and landscapes. It always evolves a long flight to get to these places for us. We had a nice 2 hour walk through Bongil Bongil national park on the weekend. Forgot to take my camera and the mossies were bad. Still unseasonably warm over here.

  2. crosbyman66 says:

    Thanks Marie. The conditions made it a beautiful day and the flowers were a bonus.

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