Wild Flowers and Almond Blossom

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Almond tree in blossom

Autumn seems to have seamlessly turned to Spring in the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata without any threat of winter. The almond blossom appeared early in January and the trees are now in full bloom. Wild flowers are also blooming, lending their vibrant colours to the mountainous terrain.

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The landscape between Las Negras and Las Hortichuelas

Yesterday we walked from Las Negras up the rambla Aires de Las Negras towards Las Hortichuelas. On this walk you soon leave all sight of civilization behind with just the mountain scenery and nature to enjoy.

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Arriving at Las Hortichuelas Alta

On reaching the main road we crossed over to the tiny village of Las Hortichuelas Alta, passing by a field of poppies and Bermuda buttercups.

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Blossom and bee

There are many almond trees in flower here which are attracting bees.

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Corner of Las Hortichuelas

The village itself comprises mainly traditional little houses and there are some attractive corners.

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Fields of wild flowers

We can remember how the fields around the village used to be cultivated and this time of year the locals would be growing habas (broad beans). Now that generation has ceased to work the land and the younger generation have moved on, abandoning the fertile fields here to poppies, marigolds and yellow marguerites.

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Las Hortichuelas

Almond trees, palms, agaves, the colourful fields and the traditional white house provide attractive images.

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Leaving Las Hortichuelas

To make a circular walk we left Las Hortichuelas Alta by the road, crossed over to Las Hortichuelas Baja and returned to Las Negras via anaither rambla.

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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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