Sendero de Vela Blanca

Looking back to Cala Carbón

Coastal view

This walk, from Cala Carbón to the Cerro de la Vela Blanca, offers some of the most magnificent coastal views in the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata.

Cyclists with the Torre de Vela Blanca behind

This morning, walkers and cyclists were exercising along the coastal track, but my main interest was in the flora.

Marine asters growing out of the cliffs

The path was thickly lined with clumps of low-growing, bright yellow marine asters.

Sea lavender

There was also a profusion of common lavender, plus some bushes of the stately French lavender. The attractive, pale mauve sea mallow thrives here, and bright blue sea lavender.

Pink snapdragon

The endemic pink snapdragon, dragoncillo, was coming into flower ….

Risa de la virgen

Blue pimpernel

…. and there were many other examples of common plants, such as risa de la virgen (virgin’s laugh) and little blue pimpernel.

 

A pause during the walk

A trumpeter finch obligingly perched on a rock, giving us a splendid, close–up view of this interesting bird, easy to identify by it’s distinctive red bill but unfortunately Digby did not have a telephoto lens on the camera.

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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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One Response to Sendero de Vela Blanca

  1. June says:

    Lovely photos again Digby and Margaret………we had 41 degrees yesterday………….very much hoping for a cool change!!

    Love

    June

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