In July the countryside around here is brown and barren. Long gone are the pretty and colourful wild flowers of spring and the grasses have dried out. The fruits on the wild fig and pomegranate trees have yet to ripen and it is not the season for olives nor almonds.
There is one splash of colour to brighten the countryside. The agaves are now in flower.
The bright yellow blooms look stunning against the clear blue sky.
In the spring the mature agaves pushed out their trunks from which have shot out these colourful flowers. When they finish blooming the agave will die but when the trunk hits the ground the flowers which have developed into tiny agave will take root in the parched soil
These photos were taken early this evening near Las Hortichuelas Altas.