Puente de Diciembre

The dunes behind Cala del Barronal

The dunes behind Cala del Barronal

This morning we drove along the coastal camino from San Jose and parked just before Monsul beach to walk over the dunes to Cala del Barronal.

Old and new agave

Old and new agave

The weather, colour and light were glorious and the old and new agave made striking compositions against the blue sky.

Walkers in the campo

Walkers in the campo

The 6th and 8th of December are national public holidays in Spain and it was good to see many walkers around enjoying the winter sunshine in the Cabo de Gata.

Cala del Barronal

Cala del Barronal

It was beautiful down on the remote beach of Cala del Barronal.

Blanquita and Daisy on the beach

Blanquita and Daisy on the beach

Little Daisy had a great time playing in the sand and elderly Blanquita obligingly played with her.

Rubi and the rock formations

Rubi and the rock formations

The even older Rubi was content to lie on the sand in the sun and study the fascinating rock formations behind the beach.

Daisy admiring the view

Daisy admiring the view

The scenery around here is always stunning, but this morning we thought the colours of the Parque Natural were at their best.

Androcymbium gramineum

Androcymbium gramineum

Throughout the year you can find interesting flora here. The sand was carpeted with papery white flowers of Androcymbium gramineum.

The flower, Androcymbium gramineum

The flower, Androcymbium gramineum

This pretty flower is only found in the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata.

La Isleta del Moro

La Isleta del Moro

On the way back we stopped at the fishing village of La Isleta del Moro.

Fishing boats at La Isleta

Fishing boats at La Isleta

The resting fishing boats pulled up on the foreshore are always a colourful sight.

By the beach at Las Negras

By the beach at Las Negras

We could not spend the rest of such a beautiful day indoors, so we after lunch we walked down to the beach in Las Negras where visitors were enjoying the sunshine in the bars overlooking the beach.

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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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One Response to Puente de Diciembre

  1. Anegla bell says:

    Digby these are really spectacular and beautiful photos. The sand one is amazing and the flower too. What a photogenic place the Cabo is! The dogs look jolly! All the best to you and her indoors for Christmas. My Mum is 92 and arriving for the festivities on the 17th!

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