Old mine workings

Fernán Perez

First, a photo of the pretty little square in Fernán Perez this morning. It was early, but already the bar had clients sitting outside enjoying a drink.

Old mine workings

Later we discovered some old and remote open mine workings  while walking our dogs in the hills near our home.

Track to the mines

The workings were accessed by a rough track near the rim of what looked like an extinct volcanic crater.

View from the mines

The surrounding countryside, with the mountains of the Sierra de la Higuera, deep ravines and not a sign of human habitation, was quite dramatic.

Caves above the mine workings

Above the workings are a series of caves, some of which seem to have been used for storage.

Shells in lava

Nearby, embedded in the lava, we found a mass of fossilised sea shells which were fascinating.

A few minerals

Here is a photo of some of the mineral samples we have collected from around here in the last couple of weeks. It must be even more interesting for those who are knowledgeable about geology.

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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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