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Madrid Wildflowers April 26, 2013

Posted by anagasto in photography, Spain.
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All these flowers will last only a few weeks.

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madrid wildflowers 2013

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But in a month they will be everywhere, even on  old walls,  roofs, palace buildings, all along the highways and the country roads, knee high.

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the poppies and the pine tree

Roadside flowers, poppies, daisies, and blue flowers that do not have a name.

Daisies, poppies and the little anonymous*** yellow flowers.

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a thistle and blue flowers

Thistles and poppies and cornflowers in luminous blue. On that hill in the back there is wild thyme. Some thistles are edible and sold as veggies.

In winter they break down.

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the sea of poppies

A wheat field above and fallow land below. Poppies everywhere.

The lamp posts are so many that they seem to be part of the vegetation, but they are only the remains of the construction bubble that has been all the news. This was going to be yet another housing development. The flowers are taking over.

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Poppies and Daisies along the Path

More poppies and daisies along the railway tracks and along a road under construction

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roadside malvae

Roadside malvae

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roadside thistles

….thistle and blue flower

Taller than you, a thistle. It looks like made of bronze.

All of those defenses are only to keep its blue or violet flowers out of the reach of a sheep.

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roadside poppies

And poppies looking at their own shadows.

A few weeks later the countryside will turn brown, with tiny shrubs here and there and thistles for goldfinches to touch down and look for seeds called thistledown.

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This is what the landscape looks like in central Spain in summer.

But last year year it id not rain at all, and there were zero flowers.

I don’t know how the rabbits and the partridges survived and all the little animals that live on and in the ground.

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Aranjuez wildflowers and genista 2013.

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Comments»

1. 500 Words On….”The Unpredictability of the Fallow Land…” « shanjeniah - April 1, 2012

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2. Carl D'Agostino - April 30, 2013

Lovely. They say the azelias are abloom in Rome now. Have not been getting notifications your posts.


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