After several days of rain, wind and cold, the sun was out again this morning and we are promised temperatures of over 20C from the beginning of next week. The bright sunshine gave us the opportunity to enjoy and take pictures of the almond blossom which is now at the peak of its flowering. The morning light illuminates the sweetly scented flowers, which range in colour from white to deep pink, and makes the trees stand out from the evergreen olives and oaks which cloak the hillsides.The Sierra de Loja has a coating of snow and from our land, in the distance, we can see the snow capped peaks of the Sierras de Malaga.
There are several varieties of butterfly to be seen now, and I spotted the first humming bird hawkmoth of the year. A pair of greater spotted woodpeckers has taken up residence in the poplars and there is a multitude of small birds along the river. The olive groves are bright with little yellow marigolds and grape hyacinths.