A walk to Cala del Carnaje

Las Negras beach this morning

Las Negras beach this morning

I- Digby – have just returned to a blustery and damp Almeria from a five-day visit to a rather cold and dank England. In fact, it rained all last night but, nevertheless, I took my little pocket camera with me on my morning walk around Las Negras as the light here is always astounding, even in bad weather. This is a photo I took on the beach this morning.
El Valle from the path ro Cala del Carnaje

El Valle from the path ro Cala del Carnaje

This afternoon, the clouds broke up and we decided to take a walk in El Valle de Rodalquilar and took the track to Cala del Carnaje.
Rocks and rumex

Rocks and rumex

By the side of the track, this rumex bush in flower looked striking against the colours of the rock exposed in a little quarry.
Cortijo Segura

Cortijo Segura

On our left, the sunlit, white buildings of Cortijo Segura stood out against the backdrop of threatening grey clouds.
Old olive trees

Old olive trees

Crooked, old olive trees beside the path form interesting shapes against the mountains and sky.
Looking down on Cala del Carnaje

Looking down on Cala del Carnaje

Over a ridge the sea and Cala del Carnaje come into view.
Palms behind the beach

Palms behind the beach

Behind the stony beach the only trees growing are these two palms.
The coast at Cala del Carnaje

The coast at Cala del Carnaje

At the end of the beach the twin peaks of the extinct volcano above Los Escullos come into view. They always make a dramatic picture looking into the light. The photos today were taken with my little compact camera which seems to have coped well with the tricky light.

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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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2 Responses to A walk to Cala del Carnaje

  1. Eddy says:

    Every time I look at your pictures, I get a smile on my face !! Keep up bringing some sunshine into our dark life in Belgium – LOL

  2. Angela says:

    Sorry to have missed seeing you in cold Cornwall!

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