Caldera de Majada Redonda

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Rambla de Bajada Redonda

Yesterday we walked from Presillas Bajas to the Caldera de Majada Redonda.

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The footpath alongside the rambla

From the edge of the village we followed the Rambla de Bajada Redonda.

The route is well marked and there is a footpath that runs alongside the rambla which avoids some of the more difficult stretches.

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Grasses and flowers

As you can see from the photos the countryside is still green and, although the long grasses are beginning to turn colour, there are still wild flowers in abundance.

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Umbellifers

In this field alongside the rambla, tall umbellifers grow in profusion.

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Here is a lovely example of an orobanche.

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The path into the Caldera

The turning to the Caldera is up a path to the right which is signposted..

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Daisy and Bobby beside the abandoned car

Beside the path lies this old, abandoned car. How it got there is a mystery and also why has it been filled and covered with stones?

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When the Caldera is reached there is a board describing the formation of this vast volcanic crater.

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Pita by the path

We continued along the path through the Caldera and passed this sprouting pita. The stem will produce clusters of yellow flowers. These agaves, so symbolic of Almeria, will soon disappear thanks to a beetle, called a picudo, which nests in the heart of the plant and carries vegetable matter containing bacterias which destroy the pita. This example seems healthy but is probably infected.

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Towards the CalderaEnter a caption

The day was was warm with soft sunlight which enhanced some of the views like this scene looking back at the Caldera with an olive tree in the foreground.

Daisy and Bobby on the path


Our two Bodegueros, Daisy and son Bobby, enjoyed the walk and Kept appearing in the photos.

Presillas and the mountains above Los Escullos


On the way back we took a higher bath bro Presillas  from which there were excellent views towards the village and the coastal mountains.

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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 pn a small farmer the town of Alhabia in the Alpujarra Almeriense in the Province of Almeria. 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 portraiture and 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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