Las Presillas Altas

The track from Las Presillas Bajas

The track from Las Presillas Bajas

This afternoon we went to the village of Las Presillas Bajas and walked up the track through the mountains. This is a lovely nature walk in the spring but today, although the wild flowers are not in abundance, the light and colours in the December sunshine were lovely.
The track to the Caldera

The track to the Caldera

Usually, we branch off the main track and go into the volcanic crater, Caldera de Majada Redonda.
Cortijo de Las Presillas Altas

Cortijo de Las Presillas Altas

Today though we decided to continue on up to the estepa and soon arrived at the ramshackle farm buildings of Cortijo de Las Presillas Altas.
A little corral

A little corral

Most of the sheep and goats were grazing on a distant hillside but we saw this group in a little corral.
Cyclists en route to Las Albericoques

Cyclists en route to Las Albericoques

The track, which goes on to the village of Las Albericoques, is popular with off-road cyclists as they can make a circular route from there back via Cortijo de los Frailes.
Ruins of Cortijo de Berenguelas

Ruins of Cortijo de Berenguelas

On our way back we diverted to have a look at the ruins of Cortijo de Berenguelas. The colours of the crumbling walls were beautifully lit by the low sun.
The peaks around Caldera de Majada Redonda

The peaks around Caldera de Majada Redonda

From here there are great views of the Caldera.
Large old olive tree

Large old olive tree

On the higher ground there are very few trees but some spectacular olive trees stood out in the landscape.

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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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