Boats at Cabo de Gata

Boats on the beach opposite the salt flats

We went to the salt flats at the Cabo de Gata today to study the birds. One of us was quite happy looking at the hundreds of flamingos gathered there through her binoculars but the other was frustrated because he could not take any photos of them owing to the lack of a telephoto lens  However, the long stretch of beach opposite provided plenty of photo opportunities.

El Torre del Cabo de Gata

We parked by the old Torre de Cabo de Gata, a former Guardia Civil post, where colourful fishing boats were pulled up onto the beach.

Pottering in his boat

The light was sharp and brilliant and the fisherman, either relaxing in the sun or pottering with their boats, added life to the scene.

Relaxing in the sun

Superb subjects for photographs and for painting too.

Messing about by the boat sheds

If you click on the photos they will enlarge.


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 pn a small farmer the town of Alhabia in the Alpujarra Almeriense in the Province of Almeria. 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 portraiture and 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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