Sunday after Christmas

Las Negras beach this morning

Las Negras beach this morning

It is the weekend after Christmas Day and the visitors have returned to the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata. The bars were busy in Las Negras last night and this morning we noticed that families were out early enjoying the beach and sea.
Walking down to Cala del Plomo

Walking down to Cala del Plomo

Later we took the walk from Cala del Plomo to Cala de Enmedio. There were many other walkers and dogs out enjoying the winter sunshine.
Cala del Plomo

Cala del Plomo

Cala del Plomo is a lovely beach but we decided to take the the path to the next cove Cala de Enmedio.
The valley behind Cala del Plomo

The valley behind Cala del Plomo

Looking back down the valley the countryside looks a lot greener now. We had a lot of rain on Christmas Day.
Cala de Enmedio

Cala de Enmedio

Cala de Enmedio was idyllic in the sunshine.
Sunning under the cliffs

Sunning under the cliffs

At the north end of the beach a group of Germans considered it warm enough to strip off and enjoy the rays.
About to have a splash

About to have a splash

Some brave souls ventured into the sea.
Dog tired

Dog tired

Even the dogs enjoyed a moment in the sun.

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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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