This morning, we joined the botanists from Kew Gardens on their walk up the rambla that leads from Las Negras to Las Hortichuelas. We showed them this walk on their first visit in 1987 and it has been one of the highlights of their annual field trip ever since.
Today has been sunny but with a fresh wind. Ideal conditions for walking and botanising.
The recent rain has freshened up the countryside and the professors remarked that the flora this year is better than ever.
There was so much for them to look at that progress was slow. Here is a beautiful example of one of the more common broomrapes.
This lavender is unusual as it is pink rather than dark purple.
At this point, the rambla becomes a narrow ravine and it was the first time we have seen water trickling down it like a mountain stream.
Here is wonderful specimen of another broomrape, Orobanche foetida.
We ascended the rocky hillside above the rambla.
Pink wild Gladioli are flowering here.
Here we discovered, for the first time, some tiny ferns. This is one of them, growing in a fissure surrounded by orange lichen.
We stopped for lunch on the rocky hillside.
Hidden in a crack in a nearby rock is a botanic rarity, the Caralluma europea, a speciality of the Cabo de Gata. The curious flowers are very striking.