This attractive member of the Carrot family (Umbelliferae) grows near the sea on rocky cliffs and headlands. Perhaps it likes the views! It’s hard to imagine a more aesthetically pleasing shape than this globe of tiny white flowers!
Sea carrot (Daucus carota subsp. gummifer) is a subspecies of wild carrot; the central umbel is white and spherical, whilst the surrounding umbels are flatter and pink in colour. It almost looks like two different flowers growing side by side!
I took these photographs on an attractive headland called Punta Corveira – between Cedeira and Valdoviño – in Galicia, Spain. Not to be confused with Punta Corbeira, near Ribadeo!
I am an entomologist with a background in quarantine pests and invasive invertebrates. I studied zoology at Imperial College (University of London) and did a PhD on the population dynamics of a cereal aphid (Metopolophium dirhodum) in the UK. I spent 5 years with the British Antarctic Survey studing cold hardiness of Antarctic invertebates and 17 years with the Food and Environment Research Agency. My main interests now are natural history, photography, painting and bird watching.