View to the Hotel Laguna, Moorea island.
Feb 28, 2010
View to the Hotel Laguna, Moorea island.
Feb 27, 2010
Feb 26, 2010
I took this pic in 2004.
Peneda-Geres is of particular note because it is the only National Park in existence in Portugal. Founded in 1971, it covers an area of 72,000 hectares and has an extraordinary diversity of climate, envirorunents and scenery, comprising the transition zone between the Mediterranean and Euro-Siberian regions.
Because of this, flora and fauna are found that are rare or non existent in other parts of the country.
Human occupation dates back 7,000 years and Megalithic, Celtic and Roman monuments are found frequently.
Memory and inheritance from these times are the vestiges of community life, almost extinct today but still present in certain isolated points where they have still survived the modern manifestations of human intervention.
The vast heritage still to be found makes Peneda-Geres an essential visiting point for anyone who wishes to discover the Parks of Portugal.
Two mountain plains - Castro Laboreiro (to the North) and Mourela (to the East) - form the boundaries of the granite semi--circle that makes up this Park. Between the two are the mountains of Peneda (1373 m), Soajo (1217 m), Amarela (1092 m) and Geres (1545 m), the highest and most extensive.
Thanks to the heavy rainfall, there is a very dense hydrographic network, with the most important rivers; being the Peneda and Castro Laboreiro, Lima, Homem, Geres, Fafiao, Cabril and Cavado. Six dams have also been built in the area of the Park.
The mountain populations have always lived mainly from shepherding. Their community life still remains in the their herding, where each shepherd takes turn at taking the village herds to graze on the mountain slopes.
In Peneda and Soajo there are traditionally two homes: the winter quarters "inverneiras" - in the main village at a low altitude and used during the colder months - and the "brandas" - used in the Spring and from where the populations go in search of mountain pastures.
The typical vegetation of the region is oak. It is almost always the black oak that predominates, coexisting with an impressive diversity of ferns, mosses, lichen, mushrooms and other plants such as the endangered holly.
There are woods where the Geres lily can be found, but the plants are mostly heather, genista, gorse, broom, gramineous plants and juniper. This latter, like the woodland pine, the yew, the white birch and the rare Geres fern, is a true relic of glacial flora.
The varied climatic influences occasionally result in unexpected flora, with examples being the cork oak and the British oak. In the higher zones you can find areas that are always flooded, where the carnivorous plants, most particularly the "Orvalhinha", are a constant feature.
Although some of the species are now extinct, such as the brown bear and the mountain goat, the National Park still presents a very varied fauna, with important species like the wolf, the roe deer, the wild boar, the fox, the wild ferret and the otter.
Of special importance among the bird species are the endangered royal eagle, the kite, the woodland screech owl and the titmouse. Among the reptiles the most important are the rarely found Seoane viper and the horned viper, as well as the water snake, the water lizard and the green lizard. Amphibians of special note are the rare Lusitanian salamander, the tritons, the Iberian frog and the midwife toad.
Feb 21, 2010
Feb 20, 2010
Sunrise behind the Desertas Islands, southeast of Madeira Island - seen from my balcony, Reis Magos, Caniço de Baixo
Every year, on my birthday, it is sort of a ritual to wake up early to watch the sun rise. This year it was quite worth the early wake. I'm sorry the pictures are not up to the actual show but I suggest you look at the larger size for better effect..
CHAMPAGNE BAY - ESPIRITO SANTO ISLAND - VANUATU - HDR
Originally uploaded by Stephan Roletto
ESPIRITO SANTO ISLAND - VANUATU - HDR
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Feb 16, 2010
Muito ao estilo das areias, estes biscoitos já inundam a blogosfera culinária. E percebe-se porquê. São muito bons, muito simples e muito rápidos de fazer. Para quem tem Bimby em 20 minutos tem bolos para o lanche. Rende cerca de 30 bolinhos. Aqui fica:
125g de margarina
100g de açúcar
300g de farinha
canela em pó q.b.
Pré-aquecer o forno a 180ºC. Colocar todos os ingredientes no copo, com excepção da canela. Programar 30 segs., na vel. 6. Formar bolinhas com as mãos, passando-as depois pela canela. Colocam-se as bolinhas num tabuleiro e vão ao forno cerca de 15 a 20 minutos. Retirar e deixar arrefecer sobre uma rede.
Obgd 3 brujitasssssssssssssssss***
Feb 14, 2010
Tahiti, February, 13, 2010 view from room 289 at the InterContinental Tahiti Resort, originally uploaded by Pierre Lesage.
February, 13, 2010 view from room 289 at the InterContinental Tahiti Resort