Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Our first photo competition

As you may well know if you receive our newsletter of are a friend of the hotel facebook page we have decided to run a photo competition. The theme we have chosen is “outdoor holiday experiences” and there is a chance of winning the attractive prize of three nights’ accommodation for two people at the hotel including breakfast and evening meals.

We are looking for beautiful, evocative and uplifting photographs associated with experiences in the outdoors. The only requirement is that you are subscribed to our quarterly newsletter or that you are a friend of the Hotel facebook and the competition closes on the 30th April.

So why have we decided to run a photo competition?

I suppose the first and obvious reason is to try and give the hotel a little more publicity and encourage people to keep in touch with what we do at the hotel either through facebook or our newsletter. Another reason is I personally enjoy photography. I am only an amateur but I am always interested in looking to see what make a “good” photo, all be it very subjective.

We have an interesting panel of judges to whom I  thank for agreeing to help, they are;
Juan Iglesias from www.photowild.es    
Lidia Fanjul from www.sense-experience.com  
Gavin Owens from www.whereisasturias.com  
John Shackleton from www.wildasturias.com
And myself; Nigel Burch from  www.posadadelvalle.com

This is a great opportunity to send your favourite outdoor photo moment and win the opportunity to photograph Asturias. Simply send your picture, (one photo per entrant) which must be at least 1Mb in size, along with a brief description, your name, address, telephone number, the date and the location of the photo to hotel@posadadelvalle.com

Monday, 11 March 2013

Wild daffodils

 Wild daffodils on the woodland path by the hotel.
Spring is on its way and with it, early spring flowers including daffodils are starting to bloom. In Asturias there are four different species of Narcissus, three of which I have seen recently. On the short walk starting from the Hotel to the Santa Marina chapel there are plenty of Narcissus leonensis or Narcissus pseudonarcissus growing by the stream.

Narcissus leonensis growing on the woodland path by the hotel.
In Asturias there are four species of daffodils or Narcissus. Narcissus pseudonarcissus known in this area as Narcissus leonensis is the larger species with leaves up to 35 cms long. It grows in a variety of habitats and there is quite some variation in the flowers with in the species. It’s the species growing by the stream and I also saw a few days ago on a rocky mountain side at about 100m altitude. 

Narcissus leonensis growing on a rocky mountain at an altitude of 950m.
A week ago we discovered a few plants of Narcissus bulbocodium flowering on the farm in the CastaƱarina meadow. (It is probably the sup species “cantabricus” an endomism of the Cordillera cantabrica, but I don’t want to get into a taxanomic minefield so want delve any deeper on names.) This leaves of this species are up to about 24 cms.

Narcissus bulbocidium growing on the farm.
For me one of the prettiest of daffodils is Narcissus asturensis with leaves rarely reaching more than 12 cms. Its starting to come into flower as the snow melts away high in the mountains and can be seen in quite large numbers.

Narcissus bulbocodium on a mountain at 600m

For me one of the prettiest of daffodils is Narcissus asturiensis with leaves rarely reaching more than 12 cms. It is just starting to come into flower as the snow melts away high in the mountains and can be seen in quite large numbers. The photos of this species were taken  at an altitude of 1,450m

Narcissus asturiensis

Narcissus asturiensis emerging just after the snow thaws.

 The fourth species of daffodil that grows in Asturias is Narcissus triandrus and is quite often found in the Ponga area.

Narcissus triandrus

The wood land footpath from the hotel, happy walking and happy botanising!


Hotel Posada del Valle is a small hotel in Asturias Northern Spain surrounded by its own organic farm and where we are passionate about organic farming, food, and sustainable livelihoods. In this Blog those of us who live and work at Hotel Posada del Valle open a door to share with all of you who are interested in what we are doing.