We went for two walks today. First, this morning we walked down the Rambla de las Agüillas and across the track to the San Pedro cliff path to take us back to Las Negras. The strong March sunshine enhances the brilliant red and yellow of the poppies and Bermuda buttercups and the acacias, now in flower.
Into the mountains, the mauves of the cistus and agonies are the predominant colours.
Tumbling down the steep mountainside are massed clumps of fagonia and bright blue viper’s bugloss.
The mountains of the Cabo de Gata are impressive in the clear morning light.
We found a very good example of one of the more common broomrapes to be found in and around Las Negras.
This afternoon, we scrambled up a ravine above the Rambla Aires de Las Negras to look at the botany there.
As we began our ascent, we discovered a splendid specimen of a broomrape I haven’t seen before . Unlike the other varieties we see here, which favour dry, sandy habitats, it was growing in a damp, grassy place.
Thanks to the heavy rain during a storm last month, our normally arid mountains have been transformed into lush green. Ribbons of white Bell’s daisies cascade down the ramblas and great banks of lavender scent the air.
Little grape hyacinths cluster in the cracks and crevices and ….
…. everywhere are blue pimpernels.
The air here is very pure and this encourages the growth of lichen on the rocks.