Beach decor

DAY 96 (10 JULY) – Sea daffodil (Pancratium maritimum) (El Palmar, Spain)

Finally, a straight horizon… see earlier attempts below

Found this solitary sea daffodil, also called sand lily, close to other clumps on the beach today. They are scruffy and strangely beautiful at the same time. Native to the Canary Islands and the Mediterranean from Portugal (well, that’s the Atlantic) all the way to Turkey and the Georgian coast of the Black Sea, they are threatened with extinction in the Eastern Med because of tourism.

Strange fact: they depend on pollination by the hawk moth which only obliges when the wind speed is under two metres per second. Around here it is often much stronger…

FOOTNOTE: Nothing makes you feel more at odds with the world than a horizon that isn’t straight. I’ve learnt with this diary that it’s quite difficult to get it right – mainly I think because you are dazzled by the foreground. My excuse.

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