Botany along the coast path

Las Negras from the cliff path

We have been enjoying a settled spell of weather and this morning the early mist lifted to reveal another beautiful day. We decided to walk the coastal path from Las Negras via Cala del Cuervo to El Playazo del Rodalquilar.

Bushes of Rumex behind Las Negras beach

There are wonderful coastal views along here and also, because it’s so sheltered here, it is an excellent walk for observing wild flowers.

Rumex flowers

At the moment, bushes of rumex are in flower, their colours ranging from creamy white to deep crimson, with all shades of pink in between.

Lycium intricatum

There is also a spiny bush, Lycium intricatum, with pretty lilac flowers along the cliff path, and ….


…. clumps of mauve fagonia, a flower which you can find here all year round.

Viola arborescens

Viola arborescens, a shrubby violet, is at its flowering peak, while all the aromatic plants ….

Rosemary in flower

…. – lavender, artemisia, thyme, rosemary- were fragrant in the warm sunshine.

Walkers on the cliff path

It was good to see many other walkers enjoying the mild weather. Among others, we chatted to a couple on holiday from Lithuania who had never been here before and were astounded by the beauty of the Parque Natural.

Bathers off the beach below the Bateria de san Ramon

When we reached the little beach below the fort of San Ramón, we noticed a couple swimming in the sea. Digby decided to have a swim too and pronounced that the water was not that cold.


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 Botany along the coast path

  1. jeune01 says:

    Hello again fromAustralia………….loved the photos again……….many thanks…………….June

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