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Altea - Sunday 23rd March 2008

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Easter Sunday Picnic

Altea Penon d Ifach Antenna at Albir Altea Altea View from Altea Altea Antenna at Albir Unknown Processional caterpillar Processional caterpillar Processional caterpillar Processional caterpillar Processional caterpillar Orchid Orchid Orchid Orchid Orchid Orchid Orchid Orchid Orchid Orchid Orchid Orchid Orchid Adonis annua Adonis annua Adonis annua Adonis annua Adonis annua Adonis annua Agave americana Agave americana Allium roseum Allium roseum Allium Anacyclus valentinus Anacyclus valentinus Anacyclus valentinus Anacyclus valentinus Anagallis arvensis Antirrhinum barrelieri Antirrhinum barrelieri Antirrhinum orontium Antirrhinum orontium Aphyllanthes monspeliensis Aphyllanthes monspeliensis Aphyllanthes monspeliensis Aphyllanthes monspeliensis Apple blossom Asteriscus Violets Arenaria Arenaria Arenaria Aristolochia Aristolochia Astragalus monspessulanus Astragalus monspessulanus Astragalus monspessulanus Astragalus monspessulanus Astragalus monspessulanus Astragalus monspessulanus Astragalus monspessulanus Astragalus monspessulanus Astragalus monspessulanus Ballota hirsuta Ballota hirsuta Ballota hirsuta Borago officinalis Borago officinalis Borago officinalis Bougainvilla spectabilis Bougainvilla spectabilis Campion white Campion white Campion white Campion white Catananche caerulea Catananche caerulea Catananche caerulea Catananche caerulea Catananche caerulea Centauria conifera Centauria conifera Centauria conifera Centauria conifera Centaurium erythraea Centranthus Valerian Centranthus Valerian Centranthus Valerian Centranthus Valerian Centranthus Valerian Centranthus Valerian Cistus Clematis Convolvulus althaeoides Convolvulus althaeoides Convolvulus althaeoides Convolvulus althaeoides Convolvulus lanuginosus Convolvulus lanuginosus Convolvulus lanuginosus Convolvulus lanuginosus Convolvulus Convolvulus Convolvulus Convolvulus Convolvulus Convolvulus Convolvulus Convolvulus Cynoglossum creticum Cynoglossum creticum Cynoglossum creticum Cynoglossum creticum Cytinus hypocistis Cytinus hypocistis Cytinus hypocistis Cytinus hypocistis Cytinus hypocistis Cytinus hypocistis Cytinus hypocistis Cytinus hypocistis Daisy yellow Daisy yellow Daisy white Daisy white Dianthus monspessulanus Dianthus monspessulanus Dianthus monspessulanus Dianthus monspessulanus Dianthus monspessulanus Dianthus monspessulanus Digitalis obscura Digitalis obscura Digitalis obscura Digitalis obscura Digitalis obscura Digitalis obscura Dorycnium hirsutum Dorycnium hirsutum Dung beetle Eruca vesicaria Eruca vesicaria Euphorbia characias Euphorbia characias Euphorbia characias Euphorbia Euphorbia Euphorbia Ferrula Ferrula Ferrula Ferrula Ferrula Fumaria capreolata Fumaria capreolata Genista Geranium Gladiolus Gladiolus Gladiolus Gladiolus Gladiolus Gladiolus Gladiolus Gladiolus italicus Globularia alypum Globularia alypum Globularia alypum Globularia alypum Globularia alypum Globularia alypum Goose grass Goose grass Goose grass Grapevine Grapevine Halimium atriplicifolium Halimium atriplicifolium Halimium atriplicifolium Helianthemum Helianthemum Helianthemum Helianthemum Helianthemum Helianthemum Helianthemum Helichrysum foetidum Helichrysum stoechas Helichrysum stoechas Hibiscus Horse tails Hyoscyamus aureus Hyoscyamus aureus Hyoscyamus aureus Ipomoea tricolor Ipomoea tricolor Ipomoea tricolor Ipomoea tricolor Jasmine Jasmine Larva Lavendula Lavendula Lemon blossom Orange blossom Orange blossom Like a buttercup Like a buttercup Like a buttercup Like a buttercup Linum Linum Linum Linum Linum Lithodora Lithodora Lithodora Lonicera etrusca Lonicera etrusca Loquat scrumping Malcolmia Matthiola sinuata Matthiola sinuata Matthiola sinuata Matthiola Matthiola Matthiola Medicago sativa Medicago sativa Medicago sativa Medicago Medicago Medicago Nerium oleander Nerium oleander Nerium oleander Nigella arvensis Nigella arvensis Nigella arvensis Orobanche Orobanche Orobanche Orobanche Orobanche Pallensis spinosa Unknown Papaver rhoeas Papaver Papaver rhoeas Papaver Papaver Papaver Paronychia argentea Paronychia argentea Passiflora Passiflora Passiflora Pea Pea Pea Pea Phangnalon rupestre Phangnalon rupestre Phangnalon rupestre Phlomis lychnitis Phlomis lychnitis Pomegranate Pomegranate Pomegranate Pomegranate Reseda Reseda Reseda Reseda Reseda Rose growing wild Rubber tree with rubbers Ruta angustifolia Ruta angustifolia Ruta angustifolia Ruta angustifolia Ruta angustifolia Salvia Salvia Salvia Salvia Scabiosa or Knautia Scabiosa or Knautia Scabiosa or Knautia Scabiosa or Knautia Scrophularia peregrina Scrophularia peregrina Scrophularia peregrina Solanum anotherum Solanum anotherum Solanum anotherum Solanum Solanum Solanum Nigrum Solanum Nigrum Spartium Spartium Spartium Spartium Spartium Spartium Tamarix Tamarix Thapsia villosa Thapsia villosa Thapsia villosa Thapsia villosa Thistle Thistle Thistle Thistle Thistle Thyme Thyme Trifolium stellatum Trifolium purpureum Trifolium purpureum Unknown Unknown bulb Unknown bulb Unknown tree Unknown tree Unknown tree Unknown yellow Unknown yellow Vaccaria pyramidata Vaccaria pyramidata Vaccaria pyramidata Verbascum Verbascum Verbascum Verbascum Verbascum Bees drinking Biker pussy Pigeons Doggy Pussy Snake Water cress Water cress Moth Moth Moth Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Pine with odd growth Pine with odd growth Pine with odd growth Pine with odd growth Pine with odd growth Juncus Juncus Narcissus requienii Narcissus requienii Narcissus requienii Narcissus requienii Narcissus requienii Narcissus requienii Narcissus requienii Narcissus Narcissus Soy feliz Unknown Aeonium manriqueorum Aeonium manriqueorum Aeonium manriqueorum Aeonium manriqueorum Aeonium manriqueorum Abutilon Abutilon Ajuga Ajuga Andryala integrifolia Anthemis chia Anthyllis cytisoides Anthyllis cytisoides Arisarum vulgare Arisarum vulgare Arisarum vulgare Arisarum vulgare Arbutus unedo Arbutus unedo Arbutus unedo Arbutus unedo Arbutus unedo Arbutus unedo Asphodel Asphodel Asphodel Broom white Broom white Broom white Broom white Cabbage Cabbage Cabbage Lamium Echium Echium Echium Echium Erica multiflora Erica multiflora Erica multiflora Erica multiflora Erica multiflora Fagonia cretica Fagonia cretica Gagea arvensis Gagea arvensis Gagea arvensis Iris Iris Iris Lavendula Unknown small blue Unknown small blue Mallow Mallow Mallow Marigold Marigold Mimosa Moth on mallow Muscari Muscari Muscari Muscari Ophrys Ophrys Ophrys Ophrys Ophrys Ophrys Ophrys Oxalis pes caprae double form Oxalis pes caprae Oxalis pes caprae Oxalis pes caprae Prohibit Fer Foc Prohibit Fer Foc Psoralea bituminosa Psoralea bituminosa Ranunculus Ranunculus Ranunculus Ranunculus Ranunculus Reichardia tingitana Reichardia tingitana Reichardia tingitana Ricinus Ricinus Ricinus Ricinus Rosmary Scabiosa Smyrnium perfoliatum Smyrnium perfoliatum Teucrium pseudochamaepitys Teucrium pseudochamaepitys Teucrium pseudochamaepitys Thymelaea hirsuta Thymelaea hirsuta Thymelaea hirsuta Thymelaea hirsuta Unknown Unknown Unknown Umbelifer Umbelifer Umbelifer Viburnum Viburnum Viburnum Quatro Tres Narrow guage railway Narrow guage railway Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown

Diary - Top

Many of the photos above were taken on a previous visit to this area. They show the huge diversity of the flora in the hills away from the coast.

We had a lovely lie-in. Later in the morning we took a picnic lunch to the sea front. We sat on some stones at the north end of the town. After an hour or so of hot sun with a cool breeze, it clouded over and became cool so we walked home via the Rio Guadalest. It threatened to rain but only managed a few large spots. We found out how to turn on the lounge heater. We don't mind because in England, it is freezing with rain, hail and snow.

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