Although most days have been sunny this spring, we have had more rainfall than usual in the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata.
The botanists from Kew Gardens and our son, Jason, who returned to England last week, remarked that they had never seen the countryside here so green and colourful.
In the ramblas there are swathes of red poppies. We think that this may be the result of the seeds of the first crop germinating in the damp earth. Normally they would be dormant until next year.
Adding to the colours are the brilliant yellow and purple flowers of the thistles and
These photos were taken on Sunday morning along the Rambla de las Agüillas in Las Negras. The ruins of old cortijos along this walk add interest to the photos and testify how this land was once farmed by many families.
We were interested by the different varieties and colours of Orobanche (broomrape) growing along the rambla.
There are over 200 species of this parasitic plan so they are very difficult to identify precisely.
We took these photos of several examples.