After the Storm

Moon setting over the hills

The storms that devastated the area around Vera, just 70km to the east, on Friday never hit the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata although we had some welcome rain. Yesterday was fresh with a few showers but this morning we woke at dawn to see the full moon setting over the hills ….

The mill at Bornos

…. and the rising sun had begun to light the sky above the mill of Bornos in the distance.

The rambla

It promised to be a fine day and before heading for the beach we did the circular walk along the Rambla de las Aguilas in Las Negras and back via the coast path to San Pedro.

Pomegranates

Although the figs had finished wild pomegranate trees bore their fruit ….

Flowering cane

and flowering cane lined the rambla.

Ruins and the rambla

Ruin with palm tree

The light was clear and bright and there are some great views of the landscape with ruined old cortijos as you head towards the cliff path.

Looking down from the coastal path

Looking towards Las Negras, El Cuervo and El Playazo

Walking back towards Las Negras the coastline looked at its best and we were pleased to see other walkers enjoying the scenery too.

Novios on the beach

After our walk we decided it was warm enough for the beach so we headed for El Playazo de Rodalquilar. The beach was virtually deserted but this couple had come down to have some wedding photos taken.

Jellyfish in a rockpool

There was a shoal of jellyfish in the little cove we usually swim in and some had been washed into rock pools but off the sand beach I (Digby) found a clear sea to swim in.

Wet Wedding

The bride and groom got quite carried away and we will leave you with this happy photo.

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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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