How Green is the Valley

The Rambla de Las Negras

The Rambla de Las Negras

A lot of rain has fallen on Southern Spain during the last couple of weeks. Although the Parque Natural del Cabo de Gata has escaped the worst of the weather, and we have had many warm, sunny days, we have had enough rain to transform the countryside.

Dazzling light

Dazzling light

The ochre and brown colours of the parched summer landscape have changed to vibrant greens and the mountains and ramblas have an air of freshness about them.

Towards the valley

Towards the valley

This afternoon, we walked up the Rambla de Las Negras. The light was dazzling as we walked along the ravine. The lush grasses and reeds were vibrant in the autumn sunshine.

Fig and palm trees at the entrance to the valley

Fig and palm trees at the entrance to the valley

The valley at the head of the Rambla de Las Negras

The valley at the head of the Rambla de Las Negras

Further on, the rambla widens into a beautiful, remote valley hemmed in by mountains. The scenery here is breathtaking.

Manfred's Cottage

Manfred’s Cottage

Because this valley can only be reached on foot nobody lives here permanently now, although two small shacks are used by their restorers in summer.

Ruin in the valley

Ruin in the valley

In days past, when mules and donkeys were the main mode of transport, the valley was permanently inhabited and farmed.

Agaves in the valley

Agaves in the valley

Looking back up the Rambla de Las Negras on our return

Looking back up the Rambla de Las Negras on our return

Hope you like the photos,

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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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4 Responses to How Green is the Valley

  1. Ann Hunter says:

    Love your posts Margaret, we are over to the west of you on the Contraviesa and so much is familiar yet differences as well. Looking forward to exploring your neck of the woods next year

  2. Angela says:

    Beautiful photos!

  3. The last two days of rain will make it even greener.

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