Monday, 1 November 2010

Mallorca – Autumn Storms

Last week we were in Mallorca with a tick list of some places that would be new and others that we wanted another look at. The forecast for the week was good apart from the Monday when it looked as though we might see the first of the autumn storms of 2010. Daylight revealed a dark, threatening sky and heavy weather rolling in from the west. Thinking the north east of the island might fare less badly we headed off beyond Lluc to see what we could find. At Cala De Sant Vicenc it seemed we had made a good decision when we could see what appeared to be end of the very dark clouds.

M_2010_storm-001Cala Barques at Cala De Sant Vicenc

The sea still looked a bit rough and although the sky was definitely brightening up we decided on an early lunch – butties in the car. Best decision of the day as minutes later Cala Barques looked like this -

M_2010_storm-002Cala Barques at Cala De Sant Vicenc

Thunder crashed overhead and lightening flashed all around as the storm passed right over the top of us. The rain was so heavy and driven so hard it found a way through the door seal and into the car. Fifteen minutes later we drove through flooded streets, axle deep in rain water to have a look at the adjoining Cala Molins.

M_2010_storm-003rain water on stairs at Cala Molins

M_2010_storm-004Cala Molins

M_2010_storm-005Cala Molins

M_2010_storm-007Cala Molins with Serra Del Cavall Bernat beyond

The worst of the storm had passed by early afternoon but it was too unsettled and too windy to venture into the hills so we went to Sa Colabra confident of finding more spectacular seas.

M_2010_storm-009mouth of Torrent de Pareis at Sa Colabra

The mouth of the Torrent de Pareis is a large pool of water separated from the sea by a shingle beach at the mouth of the gorge. The three brave souls above wanted a closer look at the breaking waves and so waded the pool to reach the shingle beach, where they got a much closer look at the breaking waves.

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The following morning the sky was much brighter but the wind and the huge seas remained. The high wind ruled out venturing into the hills but the low level path to Deia would be below the worst of the wind. The very narrow beach at Cala de Deia is at the end of a narrow, funnel shaped bay which would still be exposed to the big swell.

M_2010_storm-011Cala de Deia

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Between the waves the water level is pretty low and the cafe of the left, above the metal roof of an outbuilding seemed well away from the worst of the breakers.

 

M_2010_storm-012Looking down on the breakers from the cafe

The rock in the centre of the above picture is on the extreme right of the two preceding photos. From the cafe, about 30 feet above the water, I watched the swell grow and grow and wondered just how high the spray could reach.  Then I found out just how much higher the spray could reach – well above my head!

M_2010_storm-013The large rock is just visible through the spray

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