After lunch at Maggie's Farm, we took a little hike down the dirt road. I had glimpsed a sweet little creek from the car and wanted to put my feet in it. The area is called maquis because of the scruffy low perennials (curry, mustard), sub-shrubs (lavender, thyme) and shrubs (scotch broom, myrtle) as well as the low growing trees like cork oaks and various pines.
Spanish lavender was at it's peak of bloom and backlit in this photo.
Here's another image of lavender--you can see just how gravelly the soil is--that means the plants roots can get a lot of air even under the ground.
Here is a ditchbank wildflower with a luscious color. Have not been feeling plant-nerdy enough to chase down the names of the many plants I don't recognize, such as this sweet one.
Have seen this honeysuckle in public gardens--the common name here is "goat leaf". Don't know if that's because goats love it or hate it. Looks a lot like American honeysuckle.
After cutting cross country through the brush, we found our creek !
Nearby were some places where it looked like the wild boars had dug around for roots or maybe some variety of truffle.