A walk around the Estepa

Ruin with Fernán Pérez in the distance

It was dull this morning but the sun came out this afternoon so we went for a walk around the lanes by our home on the estepa near Fernán Pérez.

Old farmhouse. Note the fresh new grass after the rain

The countryside looks fresh and green after the rains and the sunshine picked out the ruins against the dramatic sky.

The brown earth has been recently ploughed

Some parts have been recently ploughed but not for growing crops. The idea is to break up the soil to encourage fresh growth and make it easy for the wild partridge to feed and fatten before the hunting season.

Fig trees

The leaves on the fig trees are changing colour ….

Olive trees

…. in contrast to the evergreen olive trees.

Ruin with the hills behind

Beautiful light and colours. We hope you enjoy the photos


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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2 Responses to A walk around the Estepa

  1. Jessica says:

    Wow, I love your pictures! You’re right, everything does look fresh and green after the rain. I must make it down to Almería someday.

  2. angela bell says:

    I really love these photos.they show that amazing countryside off so well. all the best! Angela

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