The View!We always take the back road (M1063) when travelling to Alcoutim, and nearly always stop shortly after joining the road in a small turn off. Glimpse of Odeleite reservoir will have caught your eye, and the best place to enjoy the view is shortly before a sharp right hand bend as you drop down into the village of Fonte do Penedo. The views of the Odeleite reservoir are stunning from here, but what keeps us stopping again and again are the Flores do Campo (wildflowers).

Cistus ladanifer

Spot the bee just flying out of sight!

Even in late January, which is when I took these photographs, the smell of the Cistus and Lavender and the sound of the bees was wonderful. I suspect now in early February it is divine. On this occasion it was the other flowers in this spot which led to us spending a good 20minutes here.

Daisies and Brassicaceae

Wildflower carpets in January

There was so much underfoot, some of which was incredibly tiny, that I found myself in caught up in macro mode yet again.

 

Eventually I dragged myself away so we could continue our drive and have lunch in Alcoutim, but even as we continued we had to keep stopping as I saw things from the car!

For those who enjoy wildflower identification I have found another great website to add to the list I recommended a week or so ago – try Flores do Campo by Valter Jacinto.

Asphodel

And on the journey home I couldn’t resist stopping again, this time to look back at Alcoutim through the Asphodel