Cala del Carnaje

Cala del Carnaje

For the first Sunday for over 6 months we did not laze on the beach today or swim in the sea. A cold front passed over the Cabo de Gata yesterday giving us a cloudy and showery day and although this morning dawned bright and clear, there has been a chilly breeze and temperatures have only reached 19C.

Looking back towards Rodalquilar

Ideal conditions for a walk with the dogs and we took the track from Rodalquilar to Cala del Carnaje.

Olive tree and mountains

As the path rises, there great views looking back towards Rodalquilar and the mountains behind.

Palm trees and abandoned fields

You then descend towards the sea through abandoned farming country. The only remaining signs of agriculture are ancient olive trees and crumbling stone walls around which were once fields of grain.

Arriving at Cala del Carnaje

A couple of palm trees stand behind the cove which has a pebbly beach. Because of the pebbles, usually only walkers and fishermen visit this cove and the shoreline still has not been cleared of the debris from the Vera storm.

Table and chair

One enterprising person, though, created a table and chair from the flotsam.

Deep blue sea and white waves

The sea, a deep ultramarine blue flecked with choppy white waves, was very dramatic.

From the cliffs

Colours of the coast

This, together with the beautiful coastline with its different colours of volcanic rock and the clear light, provided some good compositions for photography.

Looking into the light and out to sea from behind Cala del Carnaje

If you click on the photos they will enlarge.

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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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