Beach, birds and yet more flowers

Cala de Enmedio

Cala de Enmedio

This morning we took our friends over the tracks to the lovely beach, Cala de Enmedio. Despite threatening skies inland, the Cabo de Gata is still warm and sunny. We have definitely had the best weather in Spain over the Easter holidays.
Cistanche

Cistanche

Flowers of cistanche

Flowers of cistanche

At the entrance to the beach, we came across this lovely specimen of a cistanche, the most spectacular of the many species of parasitic plants in Almeria.
Broomrape

Broomrape

Also, nearby we found this blue broomrape.
Cliffs of Cala de Enmedio

Cliffs of Cala de Enmedio

The light was excellent for photography. This picture shows off well the cliffs of fossilised dunes.
Wheatear

Wheatear

Here are a couple of bird photos taken during the last few days. First, a wheatear near our home.
Egret

Egret

This egret was fishing off the beach at Las Negras yesterday. I thought it was too large to be a little egret but my research since confirms that it is

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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 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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3 Responses to Beach, birds and yet more flowers

  1. I suggest that is a Little Egret with the dark beak which frequents water, unlike the pasture loving Cattle Egret which has a reddish beak.

  2. angela bell says:

    The flowers continue to enchant me,I have only seen a dried up husk of most of theem. Is this a specially good year for them. The photos ,as I have said before need to be preserved,they are a marvellous record of this unique landscape. x

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