Yesterday we walked from Presillas Bajas to the Caldera de Majada Redonda.
From the edge of the village we followed the Rambla de Bajada Redonda.
The route is well marked and there is a footpath that runs alongside the rambla which avoids some of the more difficult stretches.
As you can see from the photos the countryside is still green and, although the long grasses are beginning to turn colour, there are still wild flowers in abundance.
In this field alongside the rambla, tall umbellifers grow in profusion.
Here is a lovely example of an orobanche.
The turning to the Caldera is up a path to the right which is signposted..
Beside the path lies this old, abandoned car. How it got there is a mystery and also why has it been filled and covered with stones?
When the Caldera is reached there is a board describing the formation of this vast volcanic crater.
We continued along the path through the Caldera and passed this sprouting pita. The stem will produce clusters of yellow flowers. These agaves, so symbolic of Almeria, will soon disappear thanks to a beetle, called a picudo, which nests in the heart of the plant and carries vegetable matter containing bacterias which destroy the pita. This example seems healthy but is probably infected.
The day was was warm with soft sunlight which enhanced some of the views like this scene looking back at the Caldera with an olive tree in the foreground.