It is a very special place, this planet.
Spring made its first tentative approach overnight.
From out of the rock crevices the first flowers of that primaveral season are appearing.
These are the pioneers of the great flowering that is to come.
Momentarily a shadow passes overhead and looking up one is rewarded with the sight of the returning Storks.
These magnificent birds will have just arrived from Africa which sits just ten miles away from this mountain.
Their deep and powerful wing beats take them along the valley and their unerring cardinal instincts point them toward the north.
These birds are heading to the northlands to start their families, arriving perhaps in Germany or France by the end of the week.
The earth stirs and these are but the first of a billion birds and countless flowers that will grace this place over the coming months.
Photo: Squill and Storks at Saladaviciosa. Courtesy of the author.