November holiday weekend

agave and mountains

agave and mountains

Friday was a public holiday in Spain and the visitors who have spent a long weekend in the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata have enjoyed beautiful weather.
Olive tree

Olive tree

To show more beach shots would be repetitive, but the afternoon light on the mountains, as the low sun casts its shadows, is beautiful at this time of year.
Rock "face"

Rock “face”


These photos were taken in El Valle de Rodalquilar.
Hindu buffet

Hindu buffet

To amuse the visitors, the bars in Las Negras have been offering live music or other attractions. The bar “La Malafama” advertised a Hindu buffet. The Spanish do not know how to make a curry and we were intrigued to see what would be offered. Surprisingly, the buffet was delicious and authentic. The Spanish woman who had worked so hard to prepare all the dishes had worked at Mother Theresa’s in Kolkata where she had learned the arts of Indian cuisine.
The peak in front of our house

The peak in front of our house

On Saturday morning, I decided to scale the “mountain” in front of our house.
Prickly pear growing near the "summit"

Prickly pear growing near the “summit”

It is of no great height, but the final metres were quite demanding and scary.
View from the "summit"

View from the “summit”

I carried a little camera in my pocket to record the views. Inland, the landscape seems unmarked by civilisation.
Girls with octopus

Girls with octopus

Saturday was another beautiful day. In the afternoon, two little girls found an octopus in the rock pools of El Playazo. They were very relaxed with handling the creature.
A crowd gathers

A crowd gathers

A small crowd gathered to observe their antics. As usual in this area, naked and fully-clothed people stood together totally regardless of the others’ appearance.
Red Star

Red Star

Today was fine again and we walked over the cliff path from Las Negras via Cala El Cuervo to El Playazo. While snorkeling I spotted this star fish on the sea-bed.
Las Negras

Las Negras

This last photo is of Las Negras from the footpath above el Cuervo as the shadows begin to lengthen.

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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 November holiday weekend

  1. Angela Bell says:

    This all looks amazingly beautiful.I remember it so well ,the landscape is etched in my heart and sometimes returns in dreams,weirdo that I am!

  2. El Griffith says:

    Just recently found your blog and love your photos. Do you sell them?

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