Debris on the beaches

Cane and driftwood along the tide line

Today we went to the bay of Los Genoveses to check on how the clean-up of the debris which has come ashore all along the coast of the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata after the recent floods further up the coast at Vera is coming along. All along the tideline stretches a band of cane and driftwood. We wished we had some means of collecting the firewood for our stove this winter but the car park is too far from the beach for us to carry the large logs.

Waiting for his owner to return from the sea

The sea, though, is crystal clear and clean. It is still warm enough for swimming as temperatures have been in the high 20s for the last week.

Stacks of non organic debris

Some clearance of debris has begun because all non organic debris such as plastic, rubber tubing and glass bottles have been collected, bagged and placed into piles along on the beach ready for collection when a vehicle can get to them.

Indalo Man

Someone creative has made an image of Indalo Man, the symbol of Almeria, in the sand using washed up fruit.

Headless monster

Digby also attempted to be creative by posing a plastic dinosaur on a rock. Unfortunately, the toy had lost its head and one arm before it landed on the beach.

Agave behind the beach

The light was beautifully clear today and the agaves behind the beach looked stunning against the backdrop of mountains.

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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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