May 2022 Part 2. Summer Say’s Hi

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I’m trying to convince myself at the moment, to life in the moment with August weather. The weather is perfect right now. 31C, not cloudy, the water’s perfect, the evenings are warm.

La Sagrada Familia from Port Olympic. Maybe in 2122 it’ll be finished!

A trip the Barcelona Zoo as usual last week had me a little nostalgic. I grew up in the countyside. My parents had 16.5 acres or 66775.5m2 which consisted of 2 fields rented out to a farmer for sheep, 400m from the road, trees for me to climb, a huge garden to play in. I loved it after dinner when I was allowed to play outside again. The zoo at the moment has the same light, feel in the air. I like going last hour as there aren’t many people around so it feels like I have a tropical garden myself. Every now and then I’m transported in random seconds back to being a kid playing out late on summer evenings. Or in Spain afternoons. It took while to understand why the evening’s in Spain start at 21.00. Anything before is the afternoon.

The prairie dogs just got cuter and cuter

The bitter sweet is the light now is changing as the days get shorter. Summer’s just over 6 weeks in and about 7 weeks it’s autumn fall falling into winter. I’ll happily live in summer temps. Although climate change is hitting. My underwater OlympusTG6 camera has a thermostat and some photos from around this time last year were still on the SD card. The temperature details are only on the playback not when uploaded. The water last year was around 24-25C now it’s 27-28C. I’m not getting as cold swimming and didn’t put it together until seeing difference checking photo info.

Back in May the second half of May the temperature was higher than usual. More like mid June onwards. It’s been like that before every few years but this time it was straight from 24C to about 30C. The water back in May hadn’t warmed up, but I was in the water ASAP as I’d been waiting all year round to be back in my underwater world. Though the Mediterranean side of Spain is known for it’s long summer season it’s only really for 2.5 months you can snorkel without freezing unless midday. Summer really is short. 

May and June are amazing fog/mist days. Usually it starts to the North East from the mountains and works its way across the sea and city engulfing tall buildings leaving you feeling like you’re living and working in the clouds.

Flamingos of the Delta L’Ebre

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Back in late May, we took a trip down the road to El Parque Natural del Delta de L’Ebre in Tarragona to see the flamingos! 

The Delta L’Ebre is also the Spain’s major rice producer making the whole area a heaven for wetland birds. The salt marshes are the perfect location for Catalunya’s Flamingos. Introduced to the park in 1992, most of the them hang out around La Tancada and Trinitat and can be seen all year round.

Flamingos from the road to Barra del Trabucador from Poble Nou del Delta

Along the main road to the Barra del Trabucador that runs alongside La Tancada you can see a few. The main flock back in May were the other side which required going inland, trusting the GPS down narrow roads flanked by rice fields in the middle of nowhere. Thankfully while minimal sign posted after parking in an abandoned building’s ‘garden’ a 5 minute walk we were at the hide. In fact you can walk and cycle to the hide, but we didn’t know this and it was getting late. Sunset was I think 40 minutes away. If looking on the map the whole delta doesn’t look that big, but it is! We stayed just outside the delta (just I thought it was in the delta) and to get to the main spots took at least 25 minutes driving. 

Have to get closer!
In addition to being a haven for wetland birds, the park is a haven for many other insects and animals. Sadly there is a hunting season to ‘maintain populations and culture’. No hunting of flamingos thankfully