Yet more flora

Wild gladiolus

This morning I spotted my first wild gladiolus of the year near my house.

Sawfly orchid

Also, here is another photo of the sawfly orchid I found this week. It seems topical to talk about flora as today Professors Jim Ross and Stephen Jury have arrived with their botany students for their annual field trip to Las Negras. We helped them organise their first trip about 25 years ago and they have come here every year since.

Las Hortichuelas

Traditional cottage, Las Hortichuelas

Las Hortichuelas was looking pretty today with fields of poppies providing a colourful foreground to the traditional village houses.

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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 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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