After a week of solid decorating work Jayne and I had the afternoon off and had a drive out to the Embalse to see what the water level was like after seeing massive amounts of it flowing passed our house and through Huetor Tajar over the winter. Last year I said to Jayne that I did not think we would ever see the lake full again, as the winter of 2008/09 had been wet but had made little difference to the level. How wrong I was with this winter being unbelievably damp, houses have collapsed, roads washed away and many other things have been damage. One thing good to come of it is that the Embalses in the Provinces in the south are generally full, including Iznajar, I do not know how many billions of litres of Agua have run into the lake but it was impressive to stand on the dam and feel the ground vibrate with the power being generated by the hydroelectric station within. The jets shoot out at the river side were attracting large numbers of spectators, filling all the parking areas and the no parking areas on the dam (the Spanish stop anywhere I like lights were much in use).
While we were there I had a look in the woodland either side of the dam for Orchid species, I found large numbers of Italian Man (Orchis italica), Fan-lipped (Orchis collina), Mirror (Ophrys speculum), Sawfly (Ophrys tenthredinifera), Yellow Bee (Ophrys lutea) and Giant Orchids (Barlia robertiana) all in full flower.
Photographs from the top: Embalse de Iznajar, The water jets, Italian Man Orchid (orchis italica), Yellow Bee Orchid (Ophrys lutea) and Sawfly Orchid (Ophrys tenthredinifera).