El Valle – January

El Valle de rodalquilar

El Valle de rodalquilar

This morning we took advantage of the continuing fine weather to walk around El Valle de Rodalquilar.
The beach

The beach

The circular walk took in the beach, El Playazo.
Camper vans behind El Playazo

Camper vans behind El Playazo

Since the New Year there has been a steady influx of Northern Europeans in motorhomes to the Parque Natural. Although there are good camping sites in the Parque, including the one in Cala del Cuervo next to Las Negras, many campers prefer to camp for free behind the numerous quiet beaches here and there were several campervans parked behind El Playazo.
Agaves in the arid landscape ....

Agaves in the arid landscape ….

We walked to the next cove beneath the fort and then back through the semi-arid, stony valley.
.... and ruins

…. and ruins

Ruins and agaves are quite dramatic in the winter sunshine.
Botanical Gardens and church, Rodalquilar

Botanical Gardens and church, Rodalquilar

On our way home we looked in at the Botanical Gardens in Rodalquilar. We were the only visitors.
Narcissus Tortifolius

Narcissus Tortifolius

These pretty little narcissi, which are endemic to Almeria and exclusive to the gypsum zone in the Sierra de los Filabres, caught our eye.

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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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One Response to El Valle – January

  1. Tanya says:

    Love following your blog, have posted a link on my blog to here

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