Old Olives in the Valley

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Rodalquilar from the path

Yesterday we went for a walk along El Valley de Rodalquilar following a track the other side of the main road. Looking back there are good views of Rodalquilar, the old gold mine workings and the mountains behind.

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Ancient olive trees

This track passes through a grove of ancient olive trees.

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Sunlight and shadows

Their gnarled shapes provided some dramatic images with the low, winter sun casting its long shadows in the afternoon.

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Winter sunshine

It was a beautiful, sunny day and we have the same today unlike much of Spain which is suffering from  severe weather. Colder weather is due to reach us in the week though.

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Old Noria

Also along the walk we passed this old noria, waterwheel. It is similar to the one behind El Playazo ,which has been restored, but this one is in ruins.

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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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One Response to Old Olives in the Valley

  1. thyswim says:

    Everything looks very green now. Never seen this ruin of the old watermill.

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