Agaves in Flower

The campo in July

In July the countryside around here is brown and barren. Long gone are the pretty and colourful wild flowers of spring and the grasses have dried out. The fruits on the wild fig and pomegranate trees have yet to ripen and it is not the season for olives nor almonds.

Flowering agaves

There is one splash of colour to brighten the countryside. The agaves are now in flower.

Close up

The bright yellow blooms look stunning against the clear blue sky.

Against the mountains and sky

In the spring the mature agaves pushed out their trunks from which have shot out these colourful flowers. When they finish blooming the agave will die but when the trunk hits the ground the flowers which have developed into tiny agave will take root in the parched soil

Las Hortichuelas Altas

These photos were taken early this evening near Las Hortichuelas Altas.


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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One Response to Agaves in Flower

  1. Angela says:

    They look great against the blue sky

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