Desert summer ecology
In summer there are very rare times in which I go down to the gorges and death-valleys down at the bottom of the desert; but sometimes I like to take a break and switch-on the air conditioned devices in my 4×4 car …. and there I went.
Temperature beginning to warm up to 36ºC and life seeming to be stopped (11h00). That´s just the moment to run-off the car´s engine and wait, listen and prepare the camera. A rabbit comes out of its den, two rollers do appear from behind the top of the cliff, a big spider looks to me while she weaves its cobweb, some jackdows flying faraway… and so on, life goes forward as if I were not there. That´s the mistery, that´s the real experience of the desert summer ecology.
Time to remember the flash floods that do happen here in the badlands so frequently. How do these bigger or smaller creatures survive to the disaster happening in the Ouads (ramblas = dry beds of seasonal rivers) ???…
Travellers cannot imagine what is a flash-flood (rambla or avenida in spanish) till they do not see it with their own eyes. You don´t spot the water coming till it is just on your nose; you only can hear the terrible sound of bolders transported in front of the huge wave generated by the current; there it can be seen only foam, peaces of wood and other solid materials (pitifully plastics and scrap nowadays). That´s the experience although the adventure also happens for wildlife and any small creature and plants living on the place. Some of them will be washed down to the sea, and only the best adapted creatures will be the winners (Dr. Darwin´s evolution/adaption theory). That is the mistery of the desert, the pure desert ecology in summer time.
I really enjoyed my morning trip today in the badlands of Almeria at up to 34ºC… seeing that while I was suffering so much under the sun heat, my trip neighbours the rabbits and hares, felt so happy in their just built dens. Just pure ecology… It makes a sense.
I ended my morning trip designing new moments to be experienced by all of you coming soon… as for example walking inside this ancient qanaat of moor times. What is a qanaat?? … Book for your trip to the desert and sure that you will learn about it more than you can think. Come and see…