Last week of summer time

Rowing ashore at La Isleta

Rowing ashore at La Isleta

Here are some images taken on various locations in the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata last week.
Playa del Penón Blanca, La Isleta

Playa del Penón Blanca, La Isleta

It is difficult to believe we have had to put the clocks forward when we still have such superb weather.
Cow bream

Cow bream

The sea is still warm enough for swimming. The photo above shows a school of cow bream above a shallow reef taken on Saturday. The water is less than half a metre deep here and you can see the seaweed reflected by the surface.
Rock pools, El Playazo

Rock pools, El Playazo

We think it was half term in Holland as there seemed to be many Dutch children on the beaches. Here is a group playing in the rock pools at El Playazo on Saturday.
Egyptian grasshoppers

Egyptian grasshoppers

The ramblas seem to be full of insect life. Butterflies, moths and wasps are buzzing around perhaps attracted by the atrapa mosca bushes which are in flower. Yesterday in the rambla behind San Pedro we came across several pairs of mating grasshoppers. This pair of Egyptians were at it in the juncus rushes. The female is always larger than the male.
Bartje and Kirsten

Bartje and Kirsten

To end with a couple of photos I have already posted elsewhere. Firstly Kirsten from Holland and her little dachshund, Bartje on el Playazo beach last Friday.
Boats, gulls and volcanoes

Boats, gulls and volcanoes

La Isleta, boats, gulls and volcanoes.

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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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