Flowers in the Valley

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Flowers in the valley

After a late night out we needed a long walk this morning, so we parked by the new riding stables at Rodalquilar and walked the length of El Valle and down to Cala de los Monteses. All week, the sun has been shining and the valley was ablaze with the colours of the wild flowers.

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Looking towards Rodalquilar

The vibrant red poppies, yellow bermuda buttercups and violet brassicas create a mix of colours in the fields.

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Old olive trees

This grove of old olives looked dramatic into the light with the foreground of red poppies and white flowers.

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Violet horned poppies

Amongst the red poppies we noticed a few of these attractive violet horned poppies.
Old stone walls along the path indicate the valley was once cultivated fields.

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Cerro de los Guardias

On the way to Cala de Monteses we passed the highest peak in the valley, Cerro de los Guardias.

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Looking out to sea

At the end of the valley we turned left and took a more difficult track towards the sea,

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Looking down to Cala de Monteses

Finally we looked down at the stony beach but to descend to it we would have to use the rope wrapped around a prominent rock. Something we did not feel inclined to do and our dogs could not manage.

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The path through the valley

We walked back up to the main path. Although the track down to the cove is tricky, the main path is easy going and once again we were surrounded by the colours of spring in Almeria.

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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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