Here in the Cabo de Gata, autumn rains have broken the longest drought for decades, transforming the parched, ochre landscape into an oasis of green.
There is plenty to delight lovers of botany, not least the gorgeous white Narcissus serotinus ….
…. and pretty autumnal squill.
In previous years, I’ve only ever come across isolated examples of these bulbous plants, but this year, thanks to the rain, they are flowering in profusion. On the fossilized dunes at Playazo, Rodalquilar, there are carpets of narcissi – a lovely sight.
The shrubby violet, V.arborescens, has made an appearance and will be flowering until spring, and all over the Cabo de Gata Urginea maritima, a conspicuous and striking plant consisting of a single, tall spike clustered with starry white flowers, can be seen.
All the aromatic herbs – lavender, thyme, artemisia – reduced to withered stumps by the fierce summer sun, have miraculously sprung back into life, cloaking the mountainsides with green.
The wild asparagus, thickly covered with scented white flowers, is putting up tender green shoots. These are edible and this weekend people were out gathering them.
Showers are brief in this part of Almeria and are punctuated by bursts of brilliant sunshine which illuminate the mountains and the sea, creating a wonderful spectacle.
The Cabo de Gata is always beautiful but, at this time of year, it can be seen at its best.
The photos were taken today in El Valle de Rodalquilar and La Rambla Aires de Las Negras which runs below our house.