We shuddered when we saw the weather forecast for the UK this morning; by contrast, here in the Cabo de Gata, the early mist cleared to reveal a morning of cloudless perfection. While it was still cool, we went for a walk over the hills surrounding the estepa where we live.
Although, at a glance, this landscape has the appearance of a wilderness devoid of life, there is never a time of the year when nothing is in flower and now is a particularly good period for botanising with the flowering of some interesting autumnal plants.
The tall and striking Urginium maritimum is a common sight all over the Cabo de Gata …..
…. as is the daphne, with its pretty, creamy white flowers.
You have to have a keen botanist’s eye to spot some of the more unusual plants, such as the delicate Narcissus serotinus and ….
…. the autumnal squill, Scilla obtusifolia.