Sierra de La Cabrera, poppies

Flora and fauna

Random shots of wildlife but mainly of colourful plants and flowers

Almond blossom in the garden. HFF, everyone!

27 Feb 2021 52 80 215
A sunny day before the Calima struck again (another dust / sand cloud from the Sahara), rendering photo opps a zero these past few days and expected to last a few more days. I gather France has got it too.

Wild lavender, babble and dapple

25 May 2013 46 52 163
Iberian lavender (or cantueso) and mountain stream babbling over granite and dappling in the late spring sun a few years ago.

Almond blossom in evening light

19 Feb 2021 55 69 178
On my evening walk. The right time of year for this tree at its best. On large, please!

Pomegranate tree

31 May 2011 35 36 289
Parque Juan Carlos I, Madrid. Spring Revisited no 10.

Gum cistus, Sierra de La Cabrera

15 May 2015 40 52 457
Known as jara, locally. It dominates the hillsides of Central Spain and Portugal in April and May. Spring revisited no 9.

Iberian* Lavender - best viewed large. Spring revi…

09 Jun 2013 52 55 602
Sierra de La Cabrera, Madrid province. * I used to call this 'Spanish' lavender but at the insistence of Isabel I am now (correctly I'm sure!) calling it 'Iberian' lavender, as it is also found in Portugal! This variety is known as Cantueso and used to be thought of as the same as Provencal wild lavender but DNA profiling shows it is not the same. The top two 'petals' are in fact modified leaves. Shot taken in 2013 and first shown on ipernity in 2017.

Wild lupin, La Sierra de La Cabrera

25 May 2013 59 67 965
Spring revisited no 7. H. A. N. W. E. everyone!

Orchid (Anacamptis picta). Spring revisited no 6.…

02 Jun 2013 88 114 1457
These are profuse here between April and June, as are others including a Snake's Tongue variety. Well, early June is still spring in the Sierra. Anacamptis picta, is the name of this variety. I have Ronald Losure to thank for this information. He has included more information and photos in a useful link alongside his comment below. Shot taken 2013 and first posted on ipernity 2016.

Spring revisited no 5. Poppy field, Algete

22 May 2015 58 89 863
Algete, Madrid province, poppy field. May 2015. Upload feature now up and running again so this may be the last of my 'spring revisited' series for the time-being. (Or maybe not! Time will tell!).

Spring revisited no 4. Catkins, Valdemorillo, Mad…

11 Mar 2013 63 102 917
aNNa Schramm solved the puzzle as to what tree these catkins come from. They are the male catkins of the Populus Tremula (Lt), European Aspen (Eng), Zitterpappel (Gm), Peuplier tremble (Fr) or Alamo (Sp). Thank you aNNa! Taken March 2013, first posted on ipernity 2016. Valdemorillo, Madrid Province.

Wildflowers. Spring revisited no 3.

26 May 2012 66 82 726
Spring 2012 in the Sierra de La Cabrera, Madrid province.

Spring revisited no 2. Cantueso, Sierra de La Cabr…

21 May 2011 36 48 495
May is a magic month in the Sierra. Cantueso is the wild lavender variety found in the southern Iberian peninsula. Sierra de La Cabrera. Shot in May 2011 and first posted in ipernity in 2016.

H. A. N. W. E. everyone! Spring re-visited no 1. L…

28 May 2011 54 63 817
Please enlarge to see the granite detail. It's not perfect but this is definitely a favourite of mine. Photo from 2011.

Mountain goat family, Sierra de La Cabrera below C…

25 May 2019 39 29 291
I know I've posted this before but I fell upon it by chance again and thought it worth another airing! I would ordinarily have gone straight ahead at this point, over the foreground granite slab but I thought better of it. Later, as I looked back at the goats, I saw a nanny goat suckling its kid, not something I could see from here. Unfortunately no photo was possible as it was in direct line with the sun! This video is worth a look!!!!


13 Aug 2017 56 74 832
Rodochiton in my Mum's garden, Saint Day, Cornwall. Originally poted in August 2017.

Cornish Garden.

02 Sep 2011 65 96 1165
My Mother's garden, St Day, Cornwall. Taken 2011, First posted on ipernity 2017.

Vulture flight school ('Keep up at the back!')

09 May 2014 50 80 1023
***'Watch the Master and learn!'*** Griffon Vultures, Cancho de La Bola, Sierra de La Cabrera. Granite. Madrid Province This one again (first shown on ipernity in 2016), simply because it is a favourite of mine.

Rose 'Daniel Gelin'

05 Jun 2013 44 39 631
El Retiro rose garden, Madrid. First shown in 2017. These are my favourite roses. I had them in a London garden but didn't take cuttings before I left and then spent 25 years looking for it! Not easy when I didn't have a name! But the colour is distinctive as is the dark green of the leaves (apparently an indication of an old variety). I did eventually spot it in a Portreath garden (Cornwall) and also a London front garden (in both cases the owners weren't in so I couldn't ask for a cutting) and then, miraculously in the rose garden of the Retiro park, Madrid!

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