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The Sau reservoir is surely the most photographed reservoir in Spain (and perhaps in Europe) at the moment, as it has become a symbol of the persistent drought and attracts all eyes.

One of the details that perhaps may have gone unnoticed by many visitors is that of the roots of the trees that had been submerged in the swamp and that are now visible again, as can be seen in this photographic report in The Photos of the Readers of La Vanguardia.

It must be taken into account that the reservoir was inaugurated in 1962 and, therefore, these roots had been under the water for more than 60 years until the extreme drought caused them to emerge again. Not in vain the level of the reservoir at the moment is only 3.6%.

The waters of the reservoir covered the town of Sant Romà de Sau, the remains of which, especially the temple’s bell tower, are visible when the level of the dammed water is low.

Now, the remains of the old mill, the cemetery and the houses are visible. But, also, these roots and trunks of the trees that once had life and were part of the town’s landscape.

Cal Marqués is one of the houses and is unmistakable thanks to the remains of the peeled trunk of the century-old elm that is right next door and that has barely endured all these last years under the waters of the swamp.