Photographer's Note

Ordesa National Park is the enchanted mother of the Spanish national park system. This park, in the Aragonese Pyrenees,is the oldest nature reserve in Spain, founded in 1918 by royal decree. The park has been progressivly expanded to include more than 56,000 acres of lush valley forests and meadows, steep limestone slopes and delicate alpine reaches. Wildlife abounds, although some of the efforts to protect the more wary species have met with mixed success due to the popularity of the park.
Ordesa Park actually comprises three separate valleys emanating out of Monte Perdido, "the lost mountain."; the one tha you can see in the middle of the photo. The park's namesake, the Ordesa Valley, is renowned -- and deserves to be. Carved out by glaciers, the valley is outlined by limestone folds brilliantly marked with bands of gray, red and yellow ochre. Unlike most valleys in the Pyrenees, the Ordesa runs east/west. Since it is open to the west, the valley gets lots of cool, moist air from the Atlantic, making the plantlife lush and the climate moderate. The valley ends in the dramatic Circo de Soaso, a glacial cirque.

In this glacial cirque there is a very beautiful waterfall,Colacaballo (horsetail). You can reach there by a easy trek along the river, or go by the most difficult road "Senda de los Cazadores" (hunter's path).

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