Mediterranean sea carrot
Today's random pix were taken on the Costa Blanca coast in June. This is some sort of wild carrot. Since there is only one member of the genus that is native to Europe, Daucus carota, I'll assume this is one of its many variants, which include the cultivated carrot as well as the Wild and Sea Carrots of the UK.
Look at the curious single red flower in the middle of the umbel. I always imagine that this is designed to mimic a visiting insect and thus to make other insects aware that this is a good place to visit.
Similar to those stooge customers who are paid to have a long coffee and lure other passers-by into walking in. (Nobody wants to be first into an empty cafe. They anticipate the irritable stupor of the staff, the fake over-attentiveness, the deadly silence while trying to choose a cake, and so on.)
I don't know if this stooge-customer thing is a job that really exists but I feel Laura and I could be well fitted for it because we always look very happy and interesting when we're in a cafe.
According to Wikipedia the plant is known as "Queen Anne's Lace" in N. America and the red flower represents a drop of blood shed by the queen when she pricked her finger while sewing. But if that's so then I don't understand why "Queen Anne's Lace" is also a UK name given to Cow Parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris), which does not have a red flower in the middle.
The bushy mass in the background (below) is an amazing and unique kind of grass, very common in SE Spain, called Albardine (Lygeum spartum)in which the few fluffy spikelets are contained within a spathe-like bract.