San Miguel de Cabo de Gata and La Iglesia de las Salinas

Boats at San Miguel

Boats at San Miguel

This morning we drove to the western edge of the Parque Natural to look at the fishing boats and shacks at San Miguel and the salt flats. We were hoping to find some interesting compositions for paintings and photos.
Fishermen's shacks

Fishermen’s shacks

San Miguel was very colourful as usual with the boats on the beach and the sheds, nets and floats behind.
Boats on the beach with San Miguel behind

Boats on the beach with San Miguel behind

Digby has posted some photos, which he has enhanced, on http://coloursofspain.wordpress.com and here are some more.
Mending nets

Mending nets

There were not many people around. Just this solitary fishermen mending his nets.
Boats and the church

Boats and the church

Then we went on to the church, La Iglesia de Las Salinas, which always makes a nice photo with the boats on the beach in the foreground.
Cottages behind the beach

Cottages behind the beach

More cottages and sheds

More cottages and sheds

Across the road by the salt flats is a group of cottages with more ramshackle, weathered sheds and old boats.
La Iglesia de las Salinas

La Iglesia de las Salinas

The wasteland in front of the church was carpeted with the pink flowers of silene.
Mesembryanthemum

Mesembryanthemum

We also saw clumps of mesembryanthemum in flower.

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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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