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 Wild and Sea Carrots of the UK as well as the cultivated carrot, which is thought to derive from one or more Mediterranean varieties.
Look at the curious deep-red flower in the middle of the umbel. This single flower has a complete umbellule to itself (the central terminal one), as well explained by Agnes Arber.
I always imagine that this deep-red flower is designed to mimic a visiting insect and thus to persuade other insects that this is a good place to visit.
Similar to those stooge customers that cafes employ to nurse a long coffee and lure 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 does exist 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. That may be so, but it doesn't explain why "Queen Anne's Lace" is a common name for Cow Parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris) in th UK. .
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.