Nature Update

Looking towards the Sierra de Loja

Pink Blossom

After several days of rain, wind and cold, the sun was out again this morning and we are promised temperatures of over 20C from the beginning of next week. The bright sunshine gave us the opportunity to enjoy and take pictures of the almond blossom which is now at the peak of its flowering. The morning light illuminates the sweetly scented flowers, which range in colour from white to deep pink, and makes the trees stand out from the evergreen olives and oaks which cloak the hillsides.The Sierra de Loja has a coating of snow and from our land, in the distance, we can see the snow capped peaks of the Sierras de Malaga.

 

Almonds on the hillside

There are several varieties of butterfly to be seen now, and I spotted the first humming bird hawkmoth of the year. A pair of greater spotted woodpeckers has taken up residence in the poplars and there is a multitude of small birds along the river. The olive groves are bright with little yellow marigolds and grape hyacinths.

 

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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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One Response to Nature Update

  1. June de Barros says:

    Hello Margaret and Digby…………..absolutely love the almond blossom photos………..very, very hot (approx. 38 degrees +)………..wishing you all the very best outcome with the exhibition……………love…………..June

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