Signs of Spring

View of the estepa. The Sierra Nevada is in the distance.

View of the estepa. The Sierra Nevada is in the distance.

It has been a beautiful, warm, spring-like day and on the estepa of the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata signs of new life are everywhere, as we discovered on our morning walk.
Newly hatched caterpillars

Newly hatched caterpillars

We came upon this ball of newly-hatched caterpillars on a heliathemun but we’re not sure which butterfly or moth they will turn into, possibly small tortoiseshell.
Fan lipped orchid

Fan lipped orchid

The first orchids of the year are out. These striking fan-lipped orchids are very common here.
Gagias

Gagias

We also saw some gagias, pretty, little yellow flowers, which belong to the lily family.
Asphodels

Asphodels

Asphodels, which grow in abundance on the estepa, are coming into flower, too.
Looking down on Las Vacas

Looking down on Las Vacas

We walked as far as the ridge above the hippy colony at Las Vacas.
Fossils

Fossils

The stones here are covered with fossils of sea shells which must at least seven million years old.

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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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3 Responses to Signs of Spring

  1. Yves Cantraine says:

    Hello Margaret! Beautiful pics! Imagine the weather in Brussels!…

    May I ask you where Las Vacas is in the park? Thank you.

  2. angela bell says:

    Wonderful ,flowes in the desert are doubly miraculous!

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