Yesterday we walked the length of Genoveses beach, San Jose. We parked near the old windmill and followed the track down to the bay.
The landscape is changing as summer advances.The greens of the fresh grasses and the colours of the wild flowers have been replaced by the yellows and browns of drying vegetation.
The pitas lining the path appear healthy. In much of the Cabo de Gata they have been destroyed by the black beetle (picudo negro).
This photo shows young pitas sticking up through the long, dry grass. After the winter rains, the spring vegetation was very lush and these grasses are now withering after a prolonged dry spell with plenty of sunshine.
This grove of eucalyptus trees behind the beach always makes a dramatic photo in the morning light.
At the moment, the vast beach has few visitors and the dogs have plenty of space to run around without causing a nuisance. From the 1st June until 30 September dogs are not allowed on the beaches and traffic is restricted so the only way to visit these beaches will be to catch the bus from San Jose, walk or cycle.
This view looking back from near the end of the beach takes in the curve of Genoveses Bay.
From the end of the beach we took the inland path back which runs through the dunes parallel with the beach.
The path passes through more of the long, dry grass and pitas.
Back near the beginning of the beach and people have started to arrive to enjoy a sunny Sunday.
Finally another dramatic view with pitas before we walked back up the hill to the windmill.