The other day I braved the 37° C temperatures (= 98,6 F) to go for a short stroll along the country track that leads out of my home and wends its way past other fincas…
The stony track passes land populated by cork oak trees. They have been stripped of their bark — a process which occurs every seven years. (When the trucks do take the chunks of cork away, some inevitably fall onto the path, so I pick some of them up and use them for painting:-)
The fresh bark underneath is a lovely red oxide.
Flowers of the carrot family and other cousins of these umbelliferous plants stand proud above the baby blue and pale purple scabious.
The dark seed in the centre contrasts with the white flower, almost seeming as if there is an insect poised there.
The grasses that were bluish-green only a couple of weeks ago have already gone to seed as they are now dry and bristly. (Best to wear trousers and not shorts like I did!)
The fragrant myrtle is also in flower. Reminds me of William Blake’s poem In a Myrtle Shade:
|Why should I be bound to thee,|
|O my lovely Myrtle-tree?|
|Love, free Love, cannot be bound|
|To any tree that grows on ground…|
Some trees have died, but make beautiful, natural sculptures with their twisted, distorted branches and outstretched gnarled fingers.
Cows gaze mutely at me as I pass by…
…simply turning their heads inquiringly.
There is a small, whitewashed cottage where the track bends to the right — it peeps out from behind the majestic cork tree.
Through a clearing between the cork and olive trees and the pistacia bushes, you can just spy the castle of Almodóvar del Río in the distance.
Here it is again, crowning La Floresta hill.
(If you would like to know more about this castle, its history and legend, then please read my earlier blog https://wordpress.com/block-editor/post/anenglishladyincordova.home.blog/785)
As I continued further, I was afforded some shade by the lofty pines — but then soon the hot sun started to dip and my shadow led the way along the burnished path.
I hope you have enjoyed coming on this walk with me.
Thank you for your visit!