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The American Agave Plant

One of the plants that you can’t fail to miss here, if there are some in flower, is the American Agave. It is an exotic looking plant and one that I find quite fascinating. A common name (though misleading) is the Hundred Year plant as it takes many years for …

Dragonflies and Damselflies

Throughout the summer and early Autumn, you can’t fail to notice the abundance of dragonflies and damselflies around the river. I find them fascinating and can’t resist taking photos if I get the chance.  For the beginner (like me) identifying  these insects can be tricky and the first thing you …

Star of Bethlehem

The Spring Explosion

April and May are delightful months in Spain of warm sunshine, blue skies, and an eruption of Spring flowers. The unmissable stars of the show are the bright red poppies and white margaritas that seem to grow overnight on every bit of wasteland and roadside verge.   Add to that …

Sebes Nature Reserve – Flix

Sebes is small Nature Reserve about 20 mins drive from us, on the outskirts of the town of Flix. There are 206 hectares in total which runs in a fairly narrow strip alongside the left bank of the River Ebro. It consists of reedbeds, river islands, tamarisk woods, lagoons and …

When the River Ebro Floods

The flow of water in the Lower Ebro is controlled by adjusting the gates on the dam further upriver at Flix. The normal flow is around 420 cubic metres per second. On Monday this rose dramatically to 1,450 m³/s! The nearest Gauging Station a couple of miles upriver recorded a …