A lot of rain has fallen on Southern Spain during the last couple of weeks. Although the Parque Natural del Cabo de Gata has escaped the worst of the weather, and we have had many warm, sunny days, we have had enough rain to transform the countryside.
The ochre and brown colours of the parched summer landscape have changed to vibrant greens and the mountains and ramblas have an air of freshness about them.
This afternoon, we walked up the Rambla de Las Negras. The light was dazzling as we walked along the ravine. The lush grasses and reeds were vibrant in the autumn sunshine.
Further on, the rambla widens into a beautiful, remote valley hemmed in by mountains. The scenery here is breathtaking.
Because this valley can only be reached on foot nobody lives here permanently now, although two small shacks are used by their restorers in summer.
In days past, when mules and donkeys were the main mode of transport, the valley was permanently inhabited and farmed.
Hope you like the photos,