Glorious spring weather this week and the countryside, after a wetter than normal winter, is bursting with colour thanks to the abundance of wild flowers in bloom this year. The photo above shows asphodels and pink cistus on the hillside above Cortijo del Fraile.
These photos, taken on two walks on Wednesday, illustrate this. First, in the morning, we walked through the fields and hillsides above Cortijo del Fraile.
We were pleased to find that some restoration work to preserve the old Ermita has been done by the owners. The bell tower is no longer about to collapse. There has been a battle going on for some years between the Junta de Andalucia and the Ayuntamiento de Nijar against the large agricultural corporation who own the land and the cortijo, about whom should pay for the restoration of this historic building which was the location of the real-life double murder that inspired Lorca to write ‘Blood Wedding’.
Pink cistus flourishes everywhere in the Parque Natural.
We found this lovely specimen of a sawfly orchid.
In fields which have been ploughed it’s possible to find all kinds of interesting arable weeds such as these pretty yellow pheasant’s eye (Adonis) and Hypecoum imberbe, with its strangely shaped flowers.
In the afternoon we walked through the rambla and barrancos close to our home. During the heavy rains of January, the water cascaded down this ravine and now there is a cascade of white daisies and a multitude of other flowers.
Here we saw the first gladiolus of spring, a lovely flower which is found all over the Cabo de Gata.
These exquisite little irises can be seen in abundance this spring and it’s difficult to avoid treading on them.
Another photo of them in the long grasses with the ubiquitous blue lavender.
Looking down past our house to the sea with a foreground of daisies.
Bobby, now nine weeks old, accompanied us on both walks, and showed true Bodeguero stamina, by keeping up with us and his mother on both walks.
He looked cute among the wild flowers.