La Casa de los Volcanes

Model of the mine workings when they were operating

Fascinated by the variety of multicoloured rocks strewn around the countryside by our house, we paid another visit to the Gelogical Museum, La Casa de los Volcanes, in Rodalquilar this morning.




One of the rooms in the Museum

The museum covers the history of mining in the area and also describes the unique geology of the volcanic Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata.

The coast at Los Escullos

We then went to nearby Los Escullos on the coast below the twin peaks of extinct volcanoes. It is a location described in the museum as of particular geological interest.

Lava rock reaching the sea

A strong levante wind was blowing which made for some dramatic coastal shots. Fossilised dunes stretch out into the sea, along with cliffs of lava.

Fossilised sand dunes Reaching out to sea

Scattered across the land are rocks and boulders in all their myriad colours, spewn out from the volcano above. A fascinating place worthy of more time and study.


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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