As the great Andalusian summer heat builds, the once vibrantly alive Spring meadows turn to straw and dust.
Everywhere the landscape is transfigured into one resembling the vast African savannahs that lie just 10 miles from here.
Within this fierce desiccation, a few species specially adapted to survive the summer blast now appear.
In this way they stand as green sentinels awaiting the re-greening of the land after the Autumn rains.
Photo: Spanish Oyster Plant, Daphne gnidium, and thorn scrub in the Garrigue. Courtesy of the author.