miércoles, 12 de mayo de 2021

Salt Flats of Rasall

 Las Salinas del Rasall (Salt flats of Rasall) were built at the beginning of the 20th century on two old freshwater lagoons, these small salt flats were created by the hand of man diverting the Rambla from Cobatillas that fed the wetland. It is the first thing draws the traveler's attention when entering the eastern sector from the Calblanque Park. They are surrounded by a landscape similar to the African, so there are contrasts of great beauty". (Source: lamangaconsorcio.es)

So, at Regional Park of Calblanque you can visit that salt flats where migratory birds have found a place to rest. Indeed, most of them have found a place to live due to the warm climate at Region of Murcia.

lunes, 10 de mayo de 2021

The Origin of Calblanque Coastline

 A view from south of Calblanque coastline. At background right, the sand dunes of Calblanque beach. As I commennted in a previous post, that is a "young coast" in geological times.

A little bit of Geology: "The collision between the aforementioned plates (see previous post) caused an intense deformation of the crust and the emersion of the sediments that for more than 200 million years had been accumulating at the bottom of the Tethys Sea. In reality, the convergence process was more complex since the interaction of three plates occurred: the African plate in the South, the Iberian plate, differentiated from the European plate, in the North, and the Alboran microplate, located between them. The east-west displacement of the Alboran microplate was ultimately what determined the formation of the Betic mountain range. This displacement was very complex and caused compressive structures in some areas and extensional in others.

The mountains of Cartagena, and in general the extreme South of the Region of Murcia, belongs to the so-called Internal Zones of the Betic Mountain Range, also called the Betic Domain or the Alboran Domain. In it, the compressive forces caused not only the folding but also the metamorphism of the materials, also producing thrusts of up to hundreds of kilometers. The Mountains of Cartagena-La Unión, like the rest of the Betic Mountain Range (Cordillera Bética), began to emerge from the sea at the beginning of the Miocene Superior, just 20 million years ago. After its initial emergence, the primitive Mountains of Cartagena suffered important transformations. After an important phase of erosion, it was partially covered by a transgressive and tardiogenic neogenic series whose age ranges from the Serravallian to the Tortonian. When the pressures between the plates, at the end of the Miocene, there was a distension phase, producing deep fractures in the earth's crust that gave rise to an important magmatic activity in the area (postogenic magmatism). Thus, the volcanic complex of Campo de Cartagena and Mar Menor was formed, approximately at the same time as other volcanic complexes located further west of the mountain range, such as those of Mazarrón and Gata Cape." (Source: Guía Geológica del Parque Regional deCalblanque, Monte de las Cenizas yPeña del Águila)

sábado, 8 de mayo de 2021

The Force of the Sea

 This area of the coast of Calblanque area is being chiseled by the sea, as well as by the wind

jueves, 6 de mayo de 2021

Lonely Cove

 As I mentioned on previous posts, at coastline of Monte de las Cenizas and Calblanque there are many coves with difficult access. Although, when I took that picture it was a deserted beach, during summer season, it is usually ocupied from noon to the afternoon. And some of that coves used to be nudist beaches.

martes, 4 de mayo de 2021

Creation Traces

Lots of coves (difficult to access) can be found along the coastline between Monte de las Cenizas and Calblanque, where you can see how the sediments have been arranged during the formation of these coastline and mountains. Experts said those are young formations, as it formed during the convergence process between the Iberian and African plates at the end of the Mesozoic and during the Cenozoic

domingo, 2 de mayo de 2021

Life Sprouts

 Life sprouts where it can.

I found that daisies? in a hidden cove with difficult access located between beaches of Las Cañas and El Barco. At Natural Park of Calblanque.

viernes, 30 de abril de 2021

Laws of Nature

 Those jellyfishes were on the sand due to strong winds. That jellyfishes are "Pelagia nocticula", a luminiscent jellyfish. More about that kind of jellyfish on a previous post.

The picture was taken on April at Calblanque beach and that kind of situations use to occur at the end of August.

miércoles, 28 de abril de 2021

Pelagia Nocticula

 That kind of jellyfish is a luminiscent jellyfish. Is one the four most typical jellyfish at Mediterranean sea.

On image, that jellyfish is stranded on a karst rock due to strong winds on the coast. It has been located at Calblanque natural park.

Aboout that jellyfish: "It measures about 20 cm in diameter at most. It has a more bulky mushroom-shaped umbrella, four oral tentacles and 16 marginal ones that can be deployed more than 20 m in length.

It is a translucent jellyfish of a pink color. In addition, it is covered with reddish brown warts on the surface of the umbrela, arms and tentacles. These are accumulations of cnidocytes, that is, the urticarial cells that shed the venom.

As its name says, the luminescent jellyfish glows in the dark. During the night it radiates a light that serves to attract its prey, but also as a reaction when it is disturbed.

It lives in deep areas of the pelagic, in the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. But it approaches the coasts blown by the wind, especially in summer. It is one of the most poisonous species. Its sting is painful and causes intense irritation to the skin, which can cause blisters and ulcers." (Source: aquariumcostadealmeria.com)

lunes, 26 de abril de 2021

Changing the Perspective

 Although I am going to post some pictures about that paradise beach that it is located at protected Regional Park of Calblanque, Monte de las Cenizas (mountain of ashes) and Peña del Águila (rock of the eagle) (visit labels), I would like to show other perspective: from the sand. There are some protected dunes as fossil dunes.

Through the hole made by the wind you can se the Mediterranean sea.

sábado, 24 de abril de 2021

I See a Lighthouse in the Distance

 A landscape from Punta Barriga, between Cala Reona and Calblanque (Protected Regional Park). At background, Cabo de Palos town, cape and lighthouse.

During pandemic situation people has discovered forgotten places for walking or trekking. 

Click on image for more details.

jueves, 22 de abril de 2021

Very Best Friends

 Image of the mining area from Cala Reona to Calblanque. In the foreground, a mining pit (protected by a curb of blocks) where someone has written a graffiti where you can read "I love you, hyper, mega, ultra friend."

martes, 20 de abril de 2021

Playing on the Sea

 That is to be on the right moment to take the picture.

That picture was taken at Mar Menor from La Manga. Mar Menor is the largest salt lagoon in Europe and it is the right perfect placefor sailing. And, from MurciaDailyPhoto we recommend you to do it on a sailing boat or canoe or to widsurfing.

domingo, 18 de abril de 2021

Grosa Island

Grosa Island (Isla Grosa) is an island in the Mediterranean Sea, belonging to the municipality of San Javier in the Region of Murcia, at a distance of 2.5 kilometers from the north of La Manga del Mar Menor. It has an area of ​​17.5 hectares and exceeds an altitude of 90 meters.

Grosa Island (Isla Grosa) and the islet of Farallón (at the east of Grosa island), like the islands of the Mar Menor, are remains of the quaternary volcanism that took place in the entire Country of Cartagena area between 7.2 and 6.6 million years ago, during the Miocene .

The island forms a perfect volcanic cone, but quite eroded like most Murcian volcanoes. (Source: Wikipedia)

Although Isla Grosa is called part of the group of islands of the Mar Menor, that island is outside the Mar Menor.

Until 2000, it belonged to the Spanish army (training of special combat diver and explosives disposal units ). Since then it belongs to the Region of Murcia and is a center for the protection of flora and fauna (especially birds). Its waters are protected and they are a very interesting diving destination

The island was a refuge for pirates until the 18th century.

viernes, 16 de abril de 2021

Baron's Island

 Major Island (Isla Mayor), also called Baron's Island (Isla del Barón), is a Spanish island located almost in the center of the Mar Menor in the municipality of San Javier in the Region of Murcia and, as its name suggests, it is the largest island in that sea, as well as the entire Region of Murcia (93.8 hectares). It is an extinct volcanic cone that gives the island its characteristic conical shape (104 meters high) and round perimeter. The island is privately owned. The name of Isla del Barón comes from the Barón de Benifayó, who built a neo-Mudejar style palace on this island, known as the Baron's house. (Source: Wikipedia)

Every island at Mar Menor were volcanos. Mar Menor is the largest salt lagoon in Europe.

A very interesting story about that place and its owners you can find here (it was also visited by Ava Gadner). In the following link you can find the text in English.

miércoles, 14 de abril de 2021

Castillejo de Monteagudo

 The Castillejo of Monteagudo (Castillejo = Little castle) is an old Andalusí palace complex that is located about 5 kilometers northeast of the city of Murcia, in the district of Monteagudo.

The current ruins of this fortified palace correspond to the old Qasr Ibn Sad, a residence that the Murcian Taifa (Kingdom of Murcia) king Ibn Mardanis ordered to be built on the outskirts of the city of Murcia in the 12th century.

The building was built on a small hill near the mountain where the Monteagudo castle is located. (Source: Wikipedia)

lunes, 12 de abril de 2021

In a Cloudy Day

 Abandoned tower of a house an gas release valve.

sábado, 10 de abril de 2021

Wild Flowers

 When you go to the country on April, wildflowers are surroundings. Three red poppys and more.

jueves, 8 de abril de 2021

Sunrise at the Sea

 A few minutes since the sun goes fron dawn to sunrise, over the Mediterranean sea.

martes, 6 de abril de 2021

Percussion Instruments

 Previous to  a music concert. Drums, flamenco box drum, marimba, ...

At Conservatory of Music of Murcia.

domingo, 4 de abril de 2021

With Another Look

 Looking through the window there was a former temporary exhibition of modern art using recycled parts. At former artillery barracks in Murcia.

viernes, 2 de abril de 2021


 First hours of a day, certainly, it is dawning.

martes, 30 de marzo de 2021

En la Huerta del Segura

 Dozens of centuries have shaped the garden/orchard of Murcia, although, today, few areas remain like the ones in the image, when 100 years ago it was the usual landscape of that municipality: The garden of Europe.

"En la huerta del Segura" is part of the lyrics of  famous Zarzuela "La Parranda" that is the unoficial hymn of Municipallity of Murcia. (huerta=orchard)

domingo, 28 de marzo de 2021

Beware of Dog

 A picture taken behind Castle of Monteagudo.

viernes, 26 de marzo de 2021

Flowers and Monteagudo

 A close-up of some flowers (I don't know their name) that generate a depth in the landscape that I love it. In the background, the Monteagudo mountain with its castle on top and, above it, the Christ of Monteagudo.

miércoles, 24 de marzo de 2021

Arab Wall of Murcia

 As I commented on a previous post, This section of wall was inside the Convent of Verónicas (18th century). The Convent was partially demolished in 1985 as it threatened ruin, leaving one of the highest, longest and best preserved sections of the Wall in the air. Due the wall was "protected" in the monastery, it has survived to this day in such good condition. In this section you can see the Wall and the rampart. In the wall two towers are conserved, one of them practically complete that is embedded in the Church of Verónicas. This indicates the reuse that was made of the wall to build the convent.

Between the rampart and the wall there was a corridor called ravelin. Down this corridor the sentries made their rounds.

Located near Almudi Palace and Market of Verónicas at City of Murcia.

lunes, 22 de marzo de 2021

Ancient Watchtower

 This section of wall was inside the Convent of Verónicas (18th century). It is the only tower on the wall that remains today. The Arab wall of Murcia (Region of Murcia, Spain), is the old defensive structure of the city, built during the Andalusi period.

The wall remained in use until the end of the border character of the Kingdom of Murcia in 1488. It was built between 9th and 12th centuries.

This part of the ancient wall is located near Market of Veronicas and Almudi Palace at city of Murcia.

In the following post, a panoramic of that place.

sábado, 20 de marzo de 2021

The Raven and The Vulture

 That could be a fable tale but not, it is a photo taken at Terra Natura Murcia.

jueves, 18 de marzo de 2021

School Tunnel

 Located at Caravaca de la Cruz (Nortwest on Region of Murcia).

This street passes under the presbytery of the church of Santa Clara. The Society of Jesus established a college here in the late 16th century.

martes, 16 de marzo de 2021

Urban Flowering

 Urban flowering at former artillery barracks. Murcia.

domingo, 14 de marzo de 2021

Murcia Skyline

 Skyline at city of Murcia at dawn.