This afternoon we found five different species of wild orchid growing in a small area of land on the estepa near our home.
It is hard to imagine that a wild flower could be as beautiful as the butterfly orchid.
If it grew in the UK as it does here, it would be picked to extinction in no time.
Fortunately, it hides itself in the tall esparto grasses and the casual passer-by wouldn’t notice it.
As well as the glowing pink butterfly orchids, there were lovely yellow orchids, just coming into flower, and more examples of sawfly, mirror and ordinary bee orchids.
Further along the lane, we found broomrapes -parasitic plants- growing amongst the rosemary and thyme. Most of them are not yet in flower so are difficult to identify.