Barranco de las Aguilas

Barranco de las Aguilas

This morning we parked up at the north end of Las Negras and walked along the Barranco de las Aguilas.

Barranco de las Aguilas

This takes you inland along a rambla that, even after the months of drought, still has a little water. The vegetation along here is quite lush because of the water, and attracts birds with its dense cover.

Looking at birds

We saw warblers, stonechats, blackcaps and robins.

A more barren landscape

Eventually there is a fork in the path and so we turned right, up into a more barren landscape.

Sunlit ruins

It was warm and sunny on the coast, but dark clouds had built up inland, creating some dramatic pictures with sunlit ruins and arid landscape set against a dark, menacing sky.

Ruins below the coast path to San Pedro

This path eventually meets the coastal path from Las Negras to San Pedro, but when we reached this spot, we decided to retrace our steps to explore a bit more of the barranco.

Goats in Chumbos

On the way back we encountered a goatherd with his flock amongst a field of chumbos. The clouds dispersed , we had a beautiful afternoon and still did not get any rain

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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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