Fageda d’en Jordà, Autumn 2016 (Catalonia)

I have visited this amazing beech forest many times in the last years. For me it is so difficult to resist the temptation to walk along the peaceful footpaths, take pictures, relax, and forget daily worries. This is especially true in autumn and a few days ago I decided to visit La Fageda d’en Jordà one more time.

I got very lucky, I was able to enjoy the best colors of the season during a sunny and windless morning. Basically, all I needed to take great photographs of this beautiful place.

The Fageda d’en Jordà is a unique forest in the Natural Park of the Volcanic Zone of the Garrotxa Territory in Catalonia. It grew over the lava flow from the Croscat volcano and is dotted with small hills of variable sizes, known locally as “tossols.”. The high temperature lava flowed over a wetland, evaporating all moisture upon contact. The steam entered the lava, distorting and eventually cracking the partially solidified crust. The result is the varying bulges on the landscape we can see, covered with fragments of basalt.

You can visit the forest at any time of the year but if you can choose autumn and spring are the best options. I will also recommend you to do it early in the morning, you would have the whole forest just for you; and it is really amazing to see how the rising sun can change the color of the trees minute by minute.

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