Thursday, 7 September 2017

The Laguna de Los Peces,Puebla de Sanabria, Zamora province, Spain.

Puebla de Sanabria is a small town in the North Eastern area of Zamora province in Spain, it is also one of Zamora's oldest settlements. 
It is here that we had been Wolf watching and taking pleasure in this unpopulated and periodically inhospitable area.

The town of Puebla de Sanabria.

We had crossed back and forth across the border with Spain and Portugal. On the other side of the border in Portugal, we discover the region of the Park Natural de Montesinho, unspoiled by the present time. 

Last year we came to see the Lago de Sanabria.

The purpose of this return trip was to visit the two glacial lakes, (Laguna de Los Peces) located high above the Lago de Sanabria.
 We had not succeeded to reach their heights on that last trip, due to the severe weather.

We had good views of both glacial lakes once we reached the mountain summit.
 The Laguna de Los Peces concealed far up in its isolated mountain locality.
Everywhere the weather was menacing, snow showers storming across the lakes.

The following morning the weather had changed dramatically and we found ourselves headed out across the Fuentes Carrionas y Fuente Cobre Natural Park, engulfed in a snowstorm. Reaching Guardo we encountered the first snowplows.

We followed a constant snaking mountain pass, jaded we pulled over for our lunch, far below us a small herd of Red Deer undisturbed, later watching a pair of Foxes arrive in a corner of the stone walled pasture, they seemed to be enjoying the weak sunshine.
We had hot soup and bread, warming and energising.
Griffon Vultures cruised the higher slopes, in the hope of food.

After lunch we continued, stopping at the roadside in an attempt to photograph the Rock Buntings bustling in the leafless shrubs.

The tapering road twists and turns towards a higher level offering a superb mountain perspective.

Once again a voyage of discovery, in both Portugal and here Spain. 

Another fabulous visit!