Autumn in El Valle


Olive trees in El Valle de Rodalquilar

We have now enjoyed over two weeks of continuous warm and sunny weather. Perfect for walking and enjoying the beautiful landscapes of the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata.


The path ro El Playazo beach

Yesterday afternoon we walked through El Valle de Rodalquilar down to El Playazo beach.


The valley and old castle

The light and colours this time of year are superb. Vivid greens contrast with the rich brown of recently ploughed fields.


Olive trees against the backdrop of mountains

The mountains behind, lit by the low, soft sun, form a dramatic backdrop.


Palm trees aeound La Noria

The palm trees around La Noria (the waterwheel) are always impressive.


El Playazo beach and the Bateria de San Ramon

The beach was virtually deserted.


Hikers arriving at the beach

A small group of hikers arrived while we were there.


Looking towards the sea from El Valle

Enjoy the photos. They will enlarge if you click on them.


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 pn a small farmer the town of Alhabia in the Alpujarra Almeriense in the Province of Almeria. 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 portraiture and 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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