El Playazo – 21st October

North end of El Playazo beach

North end of El Playazo beach

The fine, warm weather continues so yesterday we went to El Playazo and parked at the north end of the beach.
Beach beneath the castle

Beach beneath the castle

We took the short walk over the cliffs to the little sandy cove beneath the Castillo de San Ramon. There was only one other person on the beach. There are very few holidaymakers here at the moment and Spanish visitors only come at weekends.
Cow bream in sea grass

Cow bream in sea grass

The sea is still warm enough for swimming so I was able to take some photos in the sea. Here are Cow Bream feeding in the sea grass meadows offshore.
Shoal of sand smelt

Shoal of sand smelt

I also saw great shoals of little Sand Smelt.
Palm trees in El Valle

Palm trees in El Valle

On the way back through El Valle del Rodalquilar the palm trees looked dramatic into the light against the backdrop of the mountains.

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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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