Barranco de Requeña – wild flowers

Barranco de Requeña

This morning, we walked up the Barranco de Requeña to the ridge of the coastal range above La Isleta.

Near the start of the walk

The walk starts at the lane through Cortijo del Fraile and, at first, you follow a flat path lined with agaves.

The coast from the ridge

Then the path narrows and steepens and it is quite a stiff climb to the summit from where there are panoramic views of the coast below.

Near the top of the climb

I chose to go here today because I wanted to look at the interesting flora that can be found in the rocky terrain of the sheltered mountain pass.

Lavender and bees

At the start of the walk, bushes of lavender were coming into flower, attracting many bees;


further on, a miniature yellow narcissus was growing out of a crack in a rock,

Fan lipped orchid

while further still there were some fine specimens of the rather lovely fan-lipped orchid.


There were still some examples of a winter flowering plant, a type of birthwort, which has curious, but attractive, flowers resembling a monk’s cowl.


About Margaret Merry

I grew up in Falmouth, Cornwall, England where, after leaving Falmouth High School, I spent a year at Falmouth School of Art. Then followed three years at Hornsey College of Art in London where I obtained a Diploma in Art and Design. I then spent a post-graduate year at the West of England College of Art in Bristol where I gained an Art Teacher?s Diploma and a Certificate in Education of the University of Bristol. I lived and worked in Truro for over 30 years and became one of Cornwall's most popular artists. My paintings have been exhibited in New York, Tokyo, Paris and London and have been bought by collectors from all over the world. I have published 4 books which became local bestsellers - 'The Natural History of a Westcountry City', 'Margaret Merry's Cornish Garden Sketchbook', 'Sea & Sail' and 'Tidal Reaches'. In 2002 I moved to Spain and now live pn a small farmer the town of Alhabia in the Alpujarra Almeriense in the Province of Almeria. I now get my inspiration from the dramatic scenery of Andalucia and its old cities, towns and villages which I usually capture in watercolour. I also enjoy portraiture and figurative art, particularly nudes and dancers. For these paintings I use artists' soft pastels. I have written and illustrated 3 children's books - The Wise Old Boar, The Lonely Digger and The Adventure of Princess The Pony - which have been published in the USA.
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2 Responses to Barranco de Requeña – wild flowers

  1. angela Bell says:

    Stunning walk,those marvellous flowers ,I would love to see them.

  2. June says:

    Hi Margaret & Digby…………lovely photos……..looks like Spring is on its way……..we’re looking forward to some cooler weather here in Western Australia…….love………..June

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