Rambla de Las Negras

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Walking up the rambla alongside a trickling stream

Yesterday morning we walked up the Rambla de Las Negras, known locally as Los Barrancos, in the Spring sunshine. This rambla leads off the Rambla de Las Aguillas at the edge of the village inland towards the mountains and is the only one in Las Negras which always has water trickling down it all year.

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Yellow – wort

We were looking at the wild flowers and came across a drift of yellow-wort, a plant we haven’t encountered before in the Cabo de Gata.

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Swallowtail on limonium

We mentioned the abundance of butterflies this spring. Here is a swallowtail on a flowering limonium.

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Manfred’d cottage

Eventually the rambla opens out into a beautiful valley hidden by mountains. Here our friend Manfred lives in this little stone casita. The yellow flowers of the aloe vera surround his house.

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Looking back down the rambla

The views are magnificent looking back down the rambla.

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Abandoned cortijo

This abandoned little cortijo would make a great project to restore. Unfortunately, the only access is by a narrow footpath and it is over half-an-hours walk from the edge of the village.

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Daisy in a rock pool

When we walked back down it became quite hot but the dogs were able to cool down in the rock pools.

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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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