Flowers at Cala de Enmedio

Cala de Enmedio

Cala de Enmedio

Today we walked to Cala de Enmedio. You cannot drive to this beautiful beach, but if you take the track to Cala del Plomo you can park by the footpath which takes you to Enmedio.
Bee orchid

Bee orchid

Along this path we once again found many wild orchids. We have recently published several orchid photos but not one of the bee orchid, and so here is a fine specimen we saw along our walk.
Cistanche phelypaea

Cistanche phelypaea

Behind the beach at Cala de Enmedio can be seen one of the botanical glories of Almeria, the Cistanche phelypaea. This beautiful parasitic plant is becoming more and more uncommon. This interesting specimen at the southern end of the beach was not quite in flower.
Cistanche phelypaea in flower

Cistanche phelypaea in flower

But later, under the cliffs at the north end of the beach, we found another which was in full bloom.
Blanquita on the beach

Blanquita on the beach

Despite the fine weather, 23C, and it being a public holiday weekend the beach was almost deserted.

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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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