For some reason, I have always associated the Crocus sativus as a Springtime flower. Well, I have to relearn my lessons because the crocuses I spotted a few days ago seem to belong to an autumnal variety. I suppose the crocus flower is a delight whatever the time of year.
Here in Mallorca, a different crocus species is known as a native one, the Crocus cambessedesii (shown below). It is said that this endemic crocus prefers to live in the cracks between rocks in coastal and mountain areas, but I have yet to spot one myself.
The photo (top) was taken near Ses Salines, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: October 4th, 2010. The time was 18:25:36. The photo (bottom) was borrowed from the Internet, courtesy of pl.treknature.com and the photographer, HJ Achilles.