More Wild flowers

Asphodel on the cliffs

Asphodel on the cliffs

Here are some more wild flower photos taken during walks this week. Asphodels are in profusion all over the Cabo de Gata but I think they look most striking on the cliffs set against the blue sea and sky. This one is alongside the coastal path between Cala del Cuervo and El Playazo.
Virgin's slippers

Virgin’s slippers

A much rarer plant is this Sarcocapnos eneaphylla (the Spanish call it virgin’s slippers) which we have seen growing in fissures on large boulders opposite the Batteria de San Ramon near the same path.
Fan-lipped orchid

Fan-lipped orchid

By this path, where it descends down to Cala del Cuervo, a number of fan-lipped orchids are in flower.
Linaria

Linaria

I discovered this yellow linaria along the Rambla de Las Negras.
A group of mirror orchids

A group of mirror orchids

Also along this rambla there are groups of little mirror orchids.
Sawfly orchids

Sawfly orchids

The best location I have come across for orchids, though, is the path between Los Albericoques and Las Presillas. Here, yesterday, I found this pretty group of sawfly orchids.
Barlia Ropbertiana Orchids

Barlia Ropbertiana Orchids

Most impressive of all were these five large Barlia robertiana orchids.
Goat with kid

Goat with kid

On this walk, we turned back when we reached the Cortijo de Las Presillas Altas, but not before we spoke the the goats in their corral, many of which had kids.

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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 in the little coastal village of Las Negras in the heart of the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata. 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 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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