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After the inclement weather of the last two days we awoke to a better day and set off to walk right down into the Flumendosa Valley; a descent of 850m. (and 850m back up again). The River Flumendosa is the second longest river in Sardinia and rises in Punta La Marmora, which is the highest mountain, where we were planning to walk the following day. This is all still in the Gennargentu massif, part of the Barbagia region.
The walk down to the valley took us past many groves of cork oak trees. You can see them here. The cork has been harvested from the bottoms of the trunks, where you can see the strong red colour. After harvesting, the bare trunk is painted over with a substance for protection.

Very high compression was needed, probably because of all the tiny leaves!

For more shots of the trip click on the travelogue (left)

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