Send Flowers To Spain - Canadian Flower Shop
Send Flowers To Spain
- Send Flowers is the debut album release from Black Lungs, the side project of Alexisonfire guitarist and backing vocalist Wade MacNeil. MacNeil's sound has been described as "the soundtrack for punk rockers, hip hoppers, pill poppers, young ladies and show stoppers."
- a parliamentary monarchy in southwestern Europe on the Iberian Peninsula; a former colonial power
- Spain ( ; Espana, ), officially the Kingdom of Spain (Reino de Espana), is a country and member state of the European Union located in southwestern Europe on the Iberian Peninsula.
- A country in southwestern Europe that occupies the greater part of the Iberian peninsula; pop. 40,280,000; capital, Madrid; languages, Spanish (official) and Catalan
- Spain is the second full-length studio album by American rock band Between the Trees, released through Bonded Records on August 11, 2009.
Coto Doñana national park, Sevilla, Spain - November 2007
By Jo Williams The Parque Nacional de Donana is one of Europe's most important wetland reserves and a major site for migrating birds. It is an immense area; the parque itself and surrounding parque natural or Entorno de Donana (a protected buffer zone) amount to over 1,300 sq km in the provinces of Huelva, Sevilla and Cadiz. It is internationally for recognised for its great ecological wealth. Donana has become a key centre in the world of conservationism. Donana is well known for its enormous variety of bird species, either permanent residents, winter visitors from north and central Europe or summer visitors from Africa, like its numerous types of geese and colourful colonies of flamingo. It has one of the world's largest colonies of Spanish imperial eagles. The park as a whole comprises three distinct kinds of ecosystem: the marismas, the Mediterranean scrublands and the coastal mobile dunes with their beaches. l The configuration of the Parque Nacional de Donana is a result of its past as the delta of the Guadalquivir river, the 'big river', or Wada-I-Kebir, of the Moors. But it is a delta with a difference. Unlike most, the river has only one outlet to the sea, just below Sanlucar de Barrameda. The rest of what used to be its delta has gradually been blocked off by a huge sandbar that stretches from the mouth of the Rio Tinto, near Palos de la Frontera, to the riverbank opposite Sanlucar, and which the sea winds have gradually formed into high dunes. Behind this natural barrier stretches the marshlands (marismas). The effect of this extraordinary melange of land and water was to create an environment shunned by people but ideal for wildlife. As early as the thirteenth century, the kings of Castille set aside a portion of the Donana as a royal hunting estate; later the dukes of Medina Sidonia made it their private coto too. One of the duchesses of Medina Sidonia, Dona Ana de Silva y Mendoza, indulged her antisocial instincts by building a residence there that was more hermitage than palace. As a result, the entire region came to be known as the 'forest of Dona Ana', or Donana. In the eighteenth century, Goya is known to have visited the Duchess of Alba at the Palacio de Donana when she was its proprietress. Subsequently, the land passed through many hands before the official creation of the parque nacional in 1969. Meanwhile, adjoining areas of wetland were being dramatically reduced. Across the Guadalquivir vast marshes were drained and converted to farmland, until only the protected lands of the Donana remained intact. For centuries there had been only a vacant spot on the map between Lebrija in the east and Almonte in the north west, but in recent years whole towns and villages have sprung up west of the Guadalquivir, and the resort town of Matalascanas has brought urban sprawl to the south-western edge of the Donana, a place once occupied by reed-thatched fishermen's huts. The proximity of these settlements has further complicated the work of the park's wildlife guardians. Two of the Donana's precious lynxes, for example, have been run over by cars on the highway to Matalascanas; cats and dogs straying out of the nearest towns have killed animals in the park, and birds that have overflown the fences have been gunned down by trigger-happy hunters despite stringent conservation laws. A more permanent threat to the Donana's ecosystem are the new ricefields and other agricultural projects north of El Rocio, whose run-off waters sluice pesticides into the marismas and the sulphur mines upstream at Aznalcoliar which was effluvium into the river. Access Marismas de Odiel, Huelva Marismas de Odiel, Huelva Entrance to the park is strictly controlled. You can take half-day trips with official guides or explore the environs of the visitors' centres on foot. To visit the principal visitors' centre at El Acebuche, take the A483 south of Almonte and about 12km from El Rocio is the signposted turn at Km29 for Centro de Recepcion El Acebuche (959 44 87 11), 1?km from the main road. Alternatively, you can drive 3km north of Matalascanas to the turn-off at Km29. The centre has an exhibition about the park, a cafe and a shop selling maps and books. From the centre is a signposted 5km trail through scrubland and pine trees. Next to the centre is the El Acebuche lagoon, with bird hides, where you can see purple gallinules, among other birds. From El Acebuche there are four-hour trips into the park run by the Cooperativa Marsimas del Rocio (959 43 04 32), which must be booked in advance. The four-wheel drive vehicle can seat 21 people and guides speak some English. There are two trips a day (excluding Mondays), at 0830 and 1500 (1700 in summer). Full day trips can also be organised for groups, with lunch in Sanlucar de Barrameda. A typical trip will take in all three ecosystems in the park - dunes, matorral and marshland - but the amount of exposure to each environment varies with the seasons. One thing is gua
My super lovely friend Emilio, SamwiseGamgee69, took some photos of his divine Amaryllis and I was incredibly naughty and couldn't control myself as I felt a "tweak and twiddle" session coming on. So I tweaked and twiddled then sent it back to Emilio who gave me permission to upload it. This is dedicated to Emilio and Santi in Valladolid,(Spain) two lovely Flickr friends. Thankyou Emilio for YOUR Amaryllis.