Ten days ago we took Mike and Tracy. who were staying with us, up to the pretty little hamlet of La Barriada de Alcora in the Sierra de Gador above Canjayar.
We drove along a wide track above the village alongside forests of pine.
From here there are striking views of the Sierra Nevada with snow on the highest peaks and of the villages of La Alpujarra Almeriense below.
The mountains are mostly covered in pine forests, with some olive groves, but where there are fewer trees, probably because of forest fires in recent years, there is a profusion of wild flowers, especially where the land has been ploughed up for the partridges.
I found this surprising so late in spring and was delighted to find examples of a very pretty scabious, not encountered before, and clumps of white coris, again unusual, and an abundance of white flax.
There was also a curious, dark lichen on the rocks.
Michael found some old lead mines to explore and with an eye trained to recognise minerals, found some interesting samples. He and Tracy spotted some fascinating birds and insects to photograph with their long lenses.