Sometimes it’s not necessary to spent much time, money or energy to find a Far-Off place.There are lucky people (like me) that live near or inside a Far-off place… Even people who live in a big city can look for and find it.
Today I’m proud to show you the Ribes Valley (Vall de Ribes in catalan), a site plenty of lonely places, where I was born and where I still live (with some interruptions during my university period). I advise you that’s impossible to show in only one post all the magical sites of this Valley and surroundings so I’ve decided to add a new category on my blog: Near-my-home Far-off places.
The Ribes Valley is situated at the Pyrinees mountains, in the border between France and Catalunya.
Vall de Ribes is a rural and low-density population valley, with only 6 little towns and about 3000 inhabitants. Characterised by its roughness and high-contrast landscapes, with a minimum altitude of 900m (2900 ft) and a maximum of 3000 m (9840 ft), including deciduous forests, conifers woodlands and alpine grasslands covered with snow all the winter.
We have long cold snowy winters (with 4 ski resorts in a 30 km radius) and fresh stormy summers.
Last Tuesday my sister and me spent a couple of hours in these places. The idea was to collect some new flowers and plants to my personal herbarium. We moved to a little town called Campelles (150 inhabitants) at 1200m (3940 ft) which has impressive pines and fir woodlands.
However, the winter has not yet gone… Only 3 flowers had emerged from the ground (the pioneers)
Even so, we used the time to take a snack while we were enjoying the landscapes.
Before came back to home, we saw and listened some strange animal signals. We followed for a while a poop-animal-truck in silence, and then, they appeared, a mouflon herd (a kind of alpine goat).
These animals are so difficult to meet due to their shyness and shortage, so we were lucky to saw them!
I let you one video, a little ugly and old-fashioned, but interesting. Enjoy it!