Triffids at Los Genoveses

Sprouting agave

Agaves are a common sight in the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata and a major feature in its landscapes. Normally we see them as small, spiky rosettes, or the mature specimens with fully developed stalks, with the new plants developing at the ends, ready to take root when the plant  dies and the stalk collapses. These two photographed today behind Genoveses beach near San Jose, have just started sprouting out of their basal rosettes and have a weird, triffid-like, appearance.

Genoveses beach

We made a circular walk along the length of the beach and returning through the countryside behind.

Looking towards San Jose

The light was sharp and clear and although there was a breeze it has now become considerably warmer.

Behind the beach

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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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