Snow and Almonds

1 Feb

Driving home from an appointment yesterday, everything looked so beautiful  We had some amazing views of La Maroma, the highest peak in the province of Malaga. No skiing there, you have to go to the Sierra Nevada for that, but it certainly looks beautiful when it is dusted with snow.

The day was bright and sunny, and luckily I had my camera with me to take a few snaps.

Where we had stopped to take the photos, we had the mountain to our right, and to our left beautiful almond tress in blossom. It´s a funny old winter here.


66 Responses to “Snow and Almonds”

  1. zestybeandog February 1, 2012 at 15:58 #


  2. Mad Dog February 1, 2012 at 16:01 #

    zetybeandog already said beautiful, so, breathtaking 😉

  3. Evie February 1, 2012 at 16:14 #


  4. bitsandbreadcrumbs February 1, 2012 at 16:26 #

    What spectacular countryside and mountains. How wonderful to live in such a beautiful area!

    • Chica Andaluza February 1, 2012 at 17:20 #

      We are very lucky indeed, and I love how it changes with the seasons.

  5. chaiselongue1 February 1, 2012 at 16:30 #

    It’s always nice to see almond blossom – and these are beautiful views of the mountain too. We have both blossom and snow here too, well, the blossom here and the snow apparently not far away in the mountains, although I haven’t seen it.

    • Chica Andaluza February 1, 2012 at 17:19 #

      I think we must live in such similar climates and with very similar landscapes around us.

  6. spicegirlfla February 1, 2012 at 16:37 #

    I’ve never seen views like this, so beautiful. And almond trees? I wonder if they would grow where I live!! Lucky Chica you are!!

    • Chica Andaluza February 1, 2012 at 17:19 #

      I think they like a little cold as well as sun and rain…they look so pretty when they are in blossom it´s worth growing one just for that!

  7. yractual February 1, 2012 at 16:37 #

    The weather is indeed odd right now! We obviously have snow-caped mountains here in Las Alpujarras but the blossom is also just appearing everywhere – a true delight. Nothing like the snow we’re used to in Sweden but very pretty nonetheless.

    • Chica Andaluza February 1, 2012 at 17:49 #

      We really need to get up to your part of the world in the next few weeks, it must look amazing right now! Thanks for visiting and commenting…

  8. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide February 1, 2012 at 16:38 #

    Beautiful scenery!

  9. sportsglutton February 1, 2012 at 16:49 #

    Beautiful. Absolutely beautiful.

  10. Just A Smidgen February 1, 2012 at 18:56 #

    We have some mountains, but I can only imagine how lovely it would be to look over and see almond trees in blossom.. They must have a beautiful fragrance?? xo Smidge

    • Chica Andaluza February 1, 2012 at 21:55 #

      They do smell lovely, but you have to get up close!

  11. TheDorsetFinca February 1, 2012 at 20:22 #

    What lovely pics. I can’t wait for Springtime blossom here! x

    • Chica Andaluza February 1, 2012 at 21:56 #

      It does feel like Spring but Feb can get cold…..we´ll see!

  12. ....RaeDi February 1, 2012 at 21:27 #

    A spot of spring was just what I needed! Beautiful pictures! Love the country side!

    • Chica Andaluza February 1, 2012 at 21:56 #

      It certainly feels like we went from Autumn to Spring here!

  13. gardenfreshtomatoes February 1, 2012 at 21:34 #

    Is this an early bloom, or close to normal?
    If my apples burst bud too early, I’m going to cry…

    • Chica Andaluza February 1, 2012 at 21:57 #

      It´s quite early and we still haven´t had much rain – if the heavy rains do come we risk losing the blossom and it will be an expensive year for almonds 😦

  14. Charles February 1, 2012 at 21:43 #

    Wow Chica – I can’t believe that was just a couple days ago?! I know – geography, blah, blah, but damn, what I wouldn’t do for a bit of that weather up in Paris right now. It’s -4 right now and was just as cold this morning when I left for work 😦 Such beautiful scenery!

    • Chica Andaluza February 1, 2012 at 21:58 #

      -4 that´s cold! We are having amazingly warm weather, but it´s not normal and we need rain. Give my love to Paris 😉

  15. promenadeplantings February 1, 2012 at 21:51 #

    Stunning. There’s nothhing like standing looking at a snow capped mountain when you are nice and dry and probably several degrees warmer. Lovely, lovely , lovely. But then you know I’m a sucker for a snowy mountain!
    as the almond trees, it’s one thing I’ve always wanted – to have their blossoms in a garden.

    • Chica Andaluza February 2, 2012 at 10:31 #

      It´s definitely warmer here than where you are…we look at the snow from a long way away!

  16. katyarich February 1, 2012 at 22:59 #

    Amusing pictures….I’ve never been to Malaga…..I’m pretty sure that is a fantastic provincia.!!!!

    • Chica Andaluza February 2, 2012 at 10:32 #

      It´s lovely – like all the different provincias of Andalucía!

  17. Lauren (Spanish Sabores) February 1, 2012 at 23:13 #

    So gorgeous! I’m so homesick for Andalusia lately… I was showing my husband your blog today and trying to convince him to move to the mountains 🙂

    • Chica Andaluza February 2, 2012 at 10:33 #

      Oh, I didn´t mean to make you homesick 🙂 Maybe you can convince him at least to go on a holiday!

  18. Purely.. Kay February 1, 2012 at 23:34 #

    The scenery in these photos are absolutely wonderful and breathtaking. I love these.. they definitely turn a bad day into a better one when viewed 🙂

    • Chica Andaluza February 2, 2012 at 10:44 #

      Thank you, that´s so kind! We´re very lucky to have this on our doorstep.

  19. Florence February 1, 2012 at 23:34 #

    Hi T, Lovely photos. The mountains look fabulous at the moment with the Almond blossom. Hope the cold spell, that is on its way, doesn’t affect the crop. I am sure the blossom early this year!?
    Regards Florence x

    • Chica Andaluza February 2, 2012 at 10:33 #

      It´s very early and if we get lots of heavy rain those poor little blossoms won´t stand much of a chance 😦

  20. ChgoJohn February 2, 2012 at 00:03 #

    Oh, Tanya! Such a beautiful place to call home. Do the almond blossoms have a scent?There’s nothing quite like a breeze lightly carrying the scent of some blossoming tree. Well, with or without a scent, they sure are pretty to look at.

    • Chica Andaluza February 2, 2012 at 10:34 #

      There is a very faint scent, but you have to get your nose right into the tree! The look stunning though….

  21. kathryningrid February 2, 2012 at 00:42 #

    What a gorgeous expedition! Lucky for us out here that you had your trusty camera along for the ride. It reminds me of an outing years ago (30, I’ll bet), when a distant relative of ours whom my sister and I were visiting in northern Italy took us on a day trip to the town where one of the international chess championships was taking place that week, and our coach took us through the snow-dusted alps and also past cherry trees in bloom. Not your typical December combination, to say the least, and thus memorable in its magic. Your photos take me back! Thank you!

    • Chica Andaluza February 2, 2012 at 10:36 #

      What a lovely memory. We drove most summers through northern Italy down to our family in the south so the landscape would have looked different to what you saw but I always remember how beautiful the alps were!

  22. Tandy February 2, 2012 at 06:51 #

    I was reading about almonds this morning – what a co-incidence. Stunning pics 🙂

  23. Kate Abbott - Clifton Kitchen February 2, 2012 at 08:47 #

    I love snow, actually I enjoy all the seasons, lovely pictures.

  24. thecompletecookbook February 2, 2012 at 14:58 #

    What beautiful pics Tanya. Thanks for taking them to share with us.
    🙂 Mandy

  25. Tammy February 2, 2012 at 15:01 #

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful views.

  26. TBM February 2, 2012 at 16:36 #

    Lovely! I’ve never seen an almond tree. That’s pretty cool.

    • Chica Andaluza February 2, 2012 at 17:26 #

      Plenty of them round here but don´t think you´ll be spotting any in London 😉

  27. spree February 2, 2012 at 19:43 #

    Tanya, i’m not telling you anything you don’t already know, and probably appreciate every day, but you live in a very beautiful spot of the world. Grateful you had your camera so that we could all go on that drive with you. I sure do love the look of those blooming almond trees! (Do you ever take your camera along when you go into “town” to go shopping? Anything you saw along your daily travels would probably interest a whole lot of us.) Thank you Tanya for sharing your world on the mountain.

    • Chica Andaluza February 2, 2012 at 20:02 #

      Hi Spree and thanks for this lovely comment! I am so glad that you enjoyed seeing a little bit of my world, which I hope I will never take for granted. Had never thought of taking snaps of my “neighbourhood”, the little village etc, and sharing them but I like the idea…thank you for the inspiration (and yes, I most often do have my little camera in my bag!)

  28. Michi February 2, 2012 at 21:27 #

    Ooh, almond trees sort of look like dogwoods don’t they? They’re very pretty. I love the contrast you had going there – Spring on the left, and Winter on the right! Speaking of pretty trees, have you been to Valle del Jerte? It’s known for its gorgeous cherry tree orchards that bloom all at once during one week out of the whole year – I think at the end of March. I’ve been meaning to go camping there, I’ve heard it’s breathtaking!

    • Chica Andaluza February 3, 2012 at 09:30 #

      You´re right about the almond trees looking like dogwood, very pretty indeed. Have never been to Valle del Jerte, but a nearby village is famous for its cherries (they even have a cherry fiesta in June) so although we don´t have quite as many cherry trees locally as the Valle, we have a good share of them here too!

  29. the island traveler February 3, 2012 at 00:49 #

    A dust of snow made a huge difference to an already amazing landscape. Beautiful my friend. Thanks for today’s inspiration….wish I have a view like that! Stay blessed….

    • Chica Andaluza February 3, 2012 at 09:30 #

      Thank you – it does indeed make a wonderful difference.

  30. ceciliag February 3, 2012 at 01:08 #

    If the spring does come as early as it is threatening to do we are going to have SUCh a long summer. Just imagine. all that lovely food! I can’t wait! c

    • Chica Andaluza February 3, 2012 at 09:31 #

      I know some people complain about long summers…but not me, I love it!

  31. Christina February 3, 2012 at 02:27 #

    Oh I wish we had views like that here…so beautiful! 🙂

  32. Karen February 3, 2012 at 03:39 #

    Stunning scenery…blossoms and snow in the same photo is really special. Thank you for sharing.

  33. Calico Stretch February 5, 2012 at 06:06 #

    And all we have here today is rain, but who’s complaining – the garden is happy and its fun walking on the beach in the rain with brollies and ice creams!

    Love snow and almonds.

    • Chica Andaluza February 5, 2012 at 10:46 #

      I love beaches in winter – there is something very special about them!

  34. Sawsan@ Chef in disguise February 7, 2012 at 20:46 #


    • Chica Andaluza February 8, 2012 at 11:34 #

      I´m glad I snapped it when I did as it seems to be melting now!

  35. Pelatihan ACLS August 22, 2016 at 12:15 #

    Beautiful ,in my country there is no winter, but I like to see

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