This week the weather in Spain has been wintry, even in Andalucia. There have been floods in Cadiz and snow in Malaga, Granada, Cordoba and Jaen. Even in Almeria, there has been snow in the north of the province and hailstones have damaged the greenhouses in El Ejido. Here in the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata though, autumn is moving seamlessly into spring without the intrusion of winter. The mountains around shelter us from the worst of the weather.
We have had some overnight rain and it is cooler than it was at the beginning of the month but the sun has still been shining everyday and the countryside is looking pretty with the spring flowers coming out.
In the ramblas of Las Negras the first almond blossom is in flower.
Here the fig trees are also showing new buds although they have not discarded their old leaves yet.
At the roadside, Bermuda buttercups and asphodels are bursting into flower.
The sheltered Rambla de Las Agüillas was particularly colourful this afternoon.
Blood red poppies share the banks with yellow wild mustard.