Las Salinas, Las Sirenas y San Miguel de Cabo de Gata

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Las Salinas de Cabo de Gata

This morning we drove to Las Salinas de Cabo de Gata hoping to see the flamingos and other birds. We parked at the viewing spot just before San Miguel. It was a hazy morning and the light was almost monochrome looking into it towards the Cabo.

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Flamingos agaist a backdrop of hazy mountains

We saw some flamingos wading beneath the misty mountains of the Parque Natural.

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Little plovers on the shore

We think these are little plovers on the shore of the flats. We did not have binoculars or a very powerful telephoto lens and the light was not clear so it was difficult to identify the birds.

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The Sierra de Cabo de Gata

As the haze cleared the mountains formed dramatic shapes behind the flats.

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La Iglesia de Las Salinas in the background

Towards the Cabo the tower of La Iglesia de Las Salinas is always a prominent landmark here.

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Boats on the beach at San Miguel

After our walk by the flats we went down to the beach at San Miguel de Cabo de Gata to look at the boats. The sun was high by now and the light and colours sharp.

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Classic lines of an older boat

We love the lines of some of the older boats such as this one.

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Men working on boats on the beach …

Men were busy working on their boats on the beach ..

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… and behind the beach

.. and by the fishermen’s shacks behind the beach.

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A couple of the larger boats

There is no harbour here and even the larger boats are moored up on the beach.

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By the shacks behind the beach

Around the ramshackle fishermen’s shacks behind the beach are jumbles of nets, ropes, buoys and various types of chairs and junk which add to the image of San Miguel.

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La Iglesia de Las Salinas

We then drove towards the Faro de Cabo de Gata and stopped at the iconic church, La Iglesia de Las Salinas.

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The church by the sea

This church was restored a few years ago and always makes a good picture with boats and beach in the foreground.

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Las Sirenas

Eventually we arrived at the Faro de Cabo de Gata. This is the south eastern corner of Spain and there was the usual crowd of visitors admiring the views and looking down to the menacing rocks, Las Sirenas.

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The Faro from below

We left the visitors to scramble down a track to a rocky cove from where there is an excellent view of the lighthouse and headland.

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A hidden, sandy cove

We scrambled over the rocks around the corner and found a hidden, sandy cove were we stripped off and enjoyed an unexpected swim.

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Daisy among the rocks

We were accompanied as usual by Daisy who likes to get herself in a photo.

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Las Sirenas from the shore

From sea level Las Sirenas looked dramatic into the sunlight with the sea sparkling around.

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La Sirena y Las Sirenas

When we got back to the original cove a young girl swam out to a rock and posed herself as La Sirena against Las Sirenas.

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La Isleta del Moro

On the way back home to Las Negras we stopped at La Isleta del Moro and took this photo of the village. We could add more photos and text but we think this is enough for one day!

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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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