From Autumn into Spring

Las Negras yesterday afternoon

Las Negras yesterday afternoon

This week the weather in Spain has been wintry, even in Andalucia. There have been floods in Cadiz and snow in Malaga, Granada, Cordoba and Jaen. Even in Almeria, there has been snow in the north of the province and hailstones have damaged the greenhouses in El Ejido. Here in the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata though, autumn is moving seamlessly into spring without the intrusion of winter. The mountains around shelter us from the worst of the weather.

Poppies in bloom

Poppies in bloom

We have had some overnight rain and it is cooler than it was at the beginning of the month but the sun has still been shining everyday and the countryside is looking pretty with the spring flowers coming out.

The first almond blossom

The first almond blossom

In the ramblas of Las Negras the first almond blossom is in flower.

Leaves and buds on a fig tree

Leaves and buds on a fig tree

Here the fig trees are also showing new buds although they have not discarded their old leaves yet.

Roadside flowers

Roadside flowers

At the roadside, Bermuda buttercups and asphodels are bursting into flower.

Amble de Los Agüillas this afternoon

Rambla de Los Agüillas this afternoon

The sheltered Rambla de Las Agüillas was particularly colourful this afternoon.

Old wall with wild flowers along the rambla

Old wall with wild flowers along the rambla

Blood red poppies share the banks with yellow wild mustard.

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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 From Autumn into Spring

  1. Lovely post. Love the images. Have just had a weekend in Cabo de Gata driving around. Loved Rodalquilar and the beach at Cabo de Gata. A quiet rugged beauty to the whole area.

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