The day after Christmas – Cala del Carnaje

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How green is El Valle

Another glorious winter’s day so, after a light lunch of fruit and yoghurt to make up for the excesses of yesterday, we went for a walk down the track to Cala del Carnaje. This is the next turning off the road to Rodalquilar after el Playazo. Looking back towards Rodalquilar the  campo is a vivid, fresh green.

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the shepherd

Walking over the hills to the coast we encountered this shepherd looking after his sheep and goats.

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One man and his dog

Not a very stressful life sitting on a rock amongst the olive trees with your dog watching your flock.

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Palm trees against the sky

The track then wanders down to the beach passing these palm trees standing erect against the hills and clear, blue sky.

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Cala del Carnaje

Cala del Carnaje is a very stony beach and because if this and its remoteness gets few visitors but it is a pleasant walk and the coastal views are breathtaking.

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Olive trees in the afternoon light

Returning up the path in the early evening light the long shadows and olive trees inspired some dramatic pictures.

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Old olive tree

The shapes of the gnarled, old olives create impressive compositions against the backdrop of mountains and clear skies.

 

 

 

 

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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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2 Responses to The day after Christmas – Cala del Carnaje

  1. Looks a beautiful place for a walk.

  2. thyswim says:

    We, Marieke and I, did the walk also. Very beautiful. You can do another walk starting a bit further. Just passing a bridge in Rodalquilar, with blue iron sides. I posted it on Wikiloc. Cerro Guardias. ( sort search text thys.wim)

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