Thursday, September 19, 2013

Natural Park In the Majorca Island

        My vacations in Majorca island have finished. I had pleasant days of the sun and the sea. In one of hot days I went to the Natural park of Mondrago, which is located to the south-east on the rocky shores of the Mediterranean. 


A lot of tourists come to the Mondrago park just to sunbathe and swim. There are two beautiful beaches in the park, with pure white sand and crystal clear water. To reach the beach from the parking they need to overcome a few tens meters of the narrow path along the rocky cliff. 


Although there is no fence along the walkway it does not scare the tourists. They boldly go with baby carriages, inflatable rafts, umbrellas and towels to enjoy the beach. I also passed with the others along the cliff to the beach, bathed in the warm emerald blue water and went to the park. The paths in the park are rocky, steeply rise up and come down. 

 
Everywhere you can see the impact of strong winds and sun on the trees. The soil is poor on the coast, limestone and fertile soil is very thin here. Environmental conditions, such as lack of rain water, the heavy sunshine, the salt in the air and strong winds determine the plant species that can survive. 


They are plants with small, stiff leaves to limit water loss due to evaporatation: rosemary (Rosemarinus officalis), mastic tree (Pistacia lentiscus) and Savin (Juniperus phoenicea), pines (Pinus halepensis) and gatova or broom (Genista lucida). I liked the pine trees those lie along the shoreline, twisted by strong winds. I also found pine trees, growing as a natural bonsai, without effort of a man.

 

Despite the harsh conditions of survival, I saw herbs, shrubs with berries and I found amazing succulents on the dried swamp.Cones have grown on pines, berries reddened on cotoneasters, seeds matured on herbs.



 Young sprouts of pine trees were creeping along the sand beach. Life goes on! 



Here is my video about Natural park Mondrago:


45 comments:

  1. Wow the Natural park of Mondrago is amazingly beautiful. I love how blue the water is!

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  2. So pleased you enjoyed your stay in Majorca Nadezda. You've captured some wonderful photos of the habitat.
    Patricia x

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    1. Thank you, Patricia, I enjoyed my holiday!

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  3. Hi Nadezda! You must have had a wonderful vacation in Mallorca! I have never been there but it looks really beautiful judging from your pictures. The park you visited is very special and you describe it so well. Isn't nature wonderful? Always finding a way to survive even in harsh conditions. The bonsai pinetrees are amazing.
    Love your header as well, very suitable for this time of year. Love that colourchange in the leaves.
    Bye,
    Marian

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    1. Marian,I was amazed the strong desire of plants to survive as well. Glad you liked my header, thank you!

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  4. Great images Nadezda, the blue waters are gorgeous.

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  5. Your first photo shows the shimmering crystal clear waters. The horizontal pine trees are amazing, somewhat like some of our coconut trees by the beach which are bent by the wind.

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    1. Yes, you are right, Elsie, it's very similar. Thank you!

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  6. What a delightful tour of Mandrago Park. This must be an enchanting island to go to for a small holiday. I enjoyed your photos of all the different plants and trees.

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    1. Oh. yes, Vagabonde, Mallorca is the wonderful island. I had nice time there. Thank you!

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  7. Dear Nadezda,
    Well it looks like you have had a lovely holiday with lots of sun! You have taken some great photographs. I love those pine trees!
    Bye for now,
    Kirk

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  8. Beautiful pictures, Nadezda. I hope you had a wonderful and restful holiday!

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  9. Welcome back Nadezda!!!
    I thought you'll where comming in Greece!!!
    Your wonderful pictures reminds me the sea the pine trees and nature,from my country!!
    Thank you for sharing!!!Have a happy weekend!!
    Dimi...

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    1. Dimi, I've been not far from Greece, dear!Thank you!

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  10. Great pictures you show from your holiday in Malloca - have never been there. Wishing you a good Friday / good weekend and welcome back home :) Hugs Hanne Bente ♥

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  11. Wonderful pictures of Mondrago Natural Park Nadezda. I think you had a lovely warm holiday on Majorca.
    Wish you a lovely weekend,
    Janneke

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  12. I love Mallorca! I've been there four times and hope to visit Mallorca one day again. Thank you for taking with you to that lovely park, Nadezda.

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  13. Me alegra que disfrutaras Mallorca y en el parque natural. Preciosas fotos y un mar muy azul. El entorno en plena naturaleza es una buena recomendación.
    Ya estan los tomates de ese año en casa:))
    Buen fin de semana.
    Un beso.

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    1. Voy a ver tus grandes tomates, Laura. Gracias!

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  14. Thanks for the lovely photos of your holiday, almost like being there. I have never been to Mallorca myself, looks like a wonderful place. That blue sea sure looks inviting!

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    1. This blue sea was very warm and clean, Helene. Thank you!

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  15. Wow, amazing photos. I love the plant life and the rocks on the shores of beautiful waters. What a great time you must have had.

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  16. Hi Nadezda. I have never been to Majorca so thanks for the excellent photos - I enjoyed them! Looks like another great place to visit.

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    1. Jason, I can say the same words about Paris, and hope you enjoyed your trip there too. Thank you!

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  17. What a beautiful place! It looks like you have had a lovely holiday:)

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  18. What a beautiful place! It's interesting to see how plants adapt to their environment--I like the curved trunks of the pine trees. Hope you had a wonderful vacation!

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    1. The pine trees are curved by strong wind and survive lying on the shore. Thank you, Rose!

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  19. I may never be able to visit this beautiful place... but through your amazing images... I feel I already have.

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    1. I tried to take pictures showing the nature in this park, glad you liked them, Carolyn. Thank you!

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  20. Oh Nadezda!
    All your pictures are absolutely wonderful.
    I look at all caught up in.
    I marvel at crooked pine trees by the wind.
    I wish you a nice week.
    I send greetings from Polish.
    Lucia

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  21. Nadezda, always the plant hunter!
    I can see you made good use of your mediterranean holiday.

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    1. So we are, gardeners, Friko! Thank you!

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  22. Looks like you had a lovely vacation Nadezda! One of the nice things about blogging is that it provides a glimpse at far away places. I enjoyed reading about the plant adaptations along the shore in Mondrago. Here we take regular rainfall is taken for granted. Nature has certainly made some interesting adaptions to the harsh conditions along the shore.

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    1. You're right, Jennifer, the blogging let to learn and see far away places. Thank you!

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  23. What a wonderful vacation. Majorca looks beautiful, and so different from your home. Thanks for taking us on this tour with you in such an exotic and beautiful place!!

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