Legacy of the Wild West

Remains of an old film set

Remains of an old film set

The landscape around Tabernas has been used since the 1960s as the setting for many western films. The last being an episode of Dr. Who filmed last year. Many of the old film sets have been preserved as tourist attractions but on the way back from the town this afternoon we stopped to explore a derelict site.
Dereliction

Dereliction

A few stone walls and wooden buildings of the makeshift wild west town survive.
A millstone and was the building the saloon?

A millstone and was the building the saloon?

Dead trees and stone walls

Dead trees and stone walls

Trees planted at the time of the filming have been neglected and died adding to the eerie atmosphere.
Looking towards Fort Bravo

Looking towards Fort Bravo

In the distance we could see one of the sets which is now a tourist attraction “Fort Bravo”
Wild flowers are growing in abundance here including this pink Limonium.
Typical landscape of Tabernas

Typical landscape of Tabernas

Further along the road we stopped to photograph this landscape which typifies the badlands of Tabernas.

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About Margaret Merry

I grew up in Falmouth, Cornwall, England where, after leaving Falmouth High School, I spent a year at Falmouth School of Art. Then followed three years at Hornsey College of Art in London where I obtained a Diploma in Art and Design. I then spent a post-graduate year at the West of England College of Art in Bristol where I gained an Art Teacher?s Diploma and a Certificate in Education of the University of Bristol. I lived and worked in Truro for over 30 years and became one of Cornwall's most popular artists. My paintings have been exhibited in New York, Tokyo, Paris and London and have been bought by collectors from all over the world. I have published 4 books which became local bestsellers - 'The Natural History of a Westcountry City', 'Margaret Merry's Cornish Garden Sketchbook', 'Sea & Sail' and 'Tidal Reaches'. In 2002 I moved to Spain and now live in the little coastal village of Las Negras in the heart of the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata. I now get my inspiration from the dramatic scenery of Andalucia and its old cities, towns and villages which I usually capture in watercolour. I also enjoy figurative art, particularly nudes and dancers. For these paintings I use artists' soft pastels. I have written and illustrated 3 children's books - The Wise Old Boar, The Lonely Digger and The Adventure of Princess The Pony - which have been published in the USA.
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