It is useful having the geological museum and botanical gardens a short drive away and close to each other. Entrance is free to both.
The other day, I picked up a piece of rock containing small slabs of opaque green which I thought might be opal because I had seen something similar in La Casa de los Volcanes geological museum in Rodalquilar. This morning I took my rock to compare it with their sample and found that the two were very similar.
At the same time, we visited the nearby botanical gardens because I had seen a plant near our house which I was unable to identify. I found it almost immediately in the section devoted to rare and endemic plants. It is a variety of sideritis which is endemic to Almeria. It has minute white flowers.
It is very pleasant walking around the gardens in the autumn sunshine. Here is an example of sea asters.
On the way home we spotted this little pony grazing under a pepper tree which made a pretty picture with the Mediterranean in the background.