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I went for one of my rides into the campo yesterday,  I do that whenever I am stressed or frustrated, and it always relaxes me.  At the moment, the Níspero fruit trees are in blossom.  These are actually a pretty high maintenance type of tree, as are the Chirimoya.  With the Níspero, the tree produces huge numbers of flowers witch have to be culled in order to not over burden the tree.  You will see in these photos, that they some bud stems  have indeed been cut away leaving a more manageable amount of fruit for the tree to handle.

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You can see in this photo where 2 or three flower stocks have been cut away and only a small stub remains

The smaller trees in this orchard are the N´spero, the others are Chirimoya.

The smaller trees in this orchard are the N´spero, the others are Chirimoya.

 

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Defiling the Phylum

Defiling the Phylum

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How can I keep these to myself.

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Brrr, what is going on?  The sun tried all day to break through what looked like snow clouds, but it just could not.  Silvery light with lots of shadows is what we got.  Highlights from the day.

 

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And now a little something to brighten things up.

The almonds are blooming.

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I love this time of year, for it seems everywhere you look something is in bloom.

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Beautiful Almond Blossom

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Nasturtium

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Flowering Aloe

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Cup of Gold

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Pink Tecoma

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Just an open field below  Salobreña on the road to La Caleta.  Each year at this time the Pampas Grass flowers and can be seen  in nearly every open field in the area.  Colours vary from plant to plant, some are snow white, whilst others display beautiful shades of pink, purple and gold.

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Just a couple of photos I took up in the old town yesterday of the flowering Bougainvillea, so vibrant!  The pale purple is a flowering Jacaranda tree which are in bloom all over town.

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I had a very fortunate encounter with a couple renting a villa up on the Monte de los Almendros recently, they fished this cone out of some garden trash they passed on the road near to where they were staying.  I asked them if I could have it if they were planning on just getting rid of it once their stay was complete and they very kindly said YES.  Thanks so much Karin and hubby.  Isn’t his magnificent?  There is no trickery here, no bamboozling, this thing is big.

I believe this is the cone of a Cook Pine, but I am really not sure..Can anyone help with identification. It had a long piece of vine with which it was connected to its tree which as now broken off.

Isn't nature wonderful.

Size comparison with Zoë, the cats were very interested.

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Cherry Cherry couldn't resist a sniff.

Even Maizy had a go.

Wilbur pretended he was not interested, but I know better.

 

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If you ever struggle with the question “Who is the luckiest person you know?”, struggle no more, the answer is ME.

This week while riding the renal wrangler through the old town, I drove past a scene that made me so giddy, that I had to go back and take some photos.  The chaps that trim and look after palm trees in town were cutting down the giant palm fruit brooms and loading them into a small truck. I stopped to ask if they were the edible kind, and if so, could I try one. They were the edible kind, and I did try one. Not ready unfortunately. After chatting for a few more minutes, the boys in green asked if I would like some to take with me, they even gave me a big trash bag to haul my treasure away in.  See, I am lucky.

Unripe dates loaded into truck.

My cache

And now from the countryside.

Flowering Bok Choy

Bok Choy Bloom

Back breaking weeding done by hand.

A cane greenhouse being erected at a new organic farm in the area.

Shepherd's assistant.

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I found these pretty little flowers on the side of the road yesterday while on my now, daily walk through the countryside here.  Indeed when I first saw them, they just looked like white fluff.  It was not until I got home and downloaded the photos that I saw just how pretty they were.

This is what I saw at first glance.

This is what they look like up close.

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