Snow and Autumn Colours

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La Calahorra

At last we have had some proper rain and, this time of year, that means that there is snow on the Sierra Nevada. Sunshine today so off to Granada to see the fresh snow on the peaks of the Sierra Nevada. First stop La Calahorra.

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El Castillo de La Calahorra

The magical castle, Castillo de La Calahorra, was built, in the Italian Renaissance style, at the beginning of the 16th Century for the Marqués del Cenete. It is best captured in the morning when it and the Sierra Nevada are lit by the morning sun and cloud has yet to cover the peaks.

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Autumn colours in Sacromonte, Granada

Instead of entering the city through the centre we diverted via El Fargue and parked at the top of Sacromonte taking a circular walk around the higher Albaicin and back through Sacromonte and on to a footpath over the hills. The autumn colours looking through Sacromonte up the valley of the Rio Darro were vivid in the brilliant morning light.

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Granada from the hills above Sacromonte

This is the view looking back at Granada, into the sunlight from the fields above Sacromonte. We love the colours of the backlit trees.

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Sierra Nevada from above Sacromonte

From the same fields, the view in the opposite direction, with the olives, woods and snow-capped mountains lit by the sun, is a contrast.

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Sierra Nevada from El Fargue

Another view of the Sierra Nevada. This time from El Fargue on the way back. Although only early afternoon, the shadows have lengthened, creating interesting patterns in the olive groves, and clouds have begun to build up on the Sierras.

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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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