Genoveses – Pitas and Grasses


El Molino

Yesterday we walked the length of Genoveses beach, San Jose. We parked near the old windmill and followed the track down to the bay.


Fields of dry grasses

The landscape is changing as summer advances.The greens of the fresh grasses and the colours of the wild flowers have been replaced by the yellows and browns of drying vegetation.


Pitas lining the path

The pitas lining the path appear healthy. In much of the Cabo de Gata they have been destroyed by the black beetle (picudo negro).


Pitas and grasses

This photo shows young pitas sticking up through the long, dry grass. After the winter rains, the spring vegetation was very lush and these grasses are now withering after a prolonged dry spell with plenty of sunshine.


Eucalyptus trees behind the beach

This grove of eucalyptus trees behind the beach always makes a dramatic photo in the morning light.


Running dogs and driftwood

At the moment, the vast beach has few visitors and the dogs have plenty of space to run around without causing a nuisance. From the 1st June until 30 September dogs are not allowed on the beaches and traffic is restricted so the only way to visit these beaches will be to catch the bus from San Jose, walk or cycle.


Genoveses Bay

This view looking back from near the end of the beach takes in the curve of Genoveses Bay.


The return path

From the end of the beach we took the inland path back which runs through the dunes parallel with the beach.


More pitas and grass

The path passes through more of the long, dry grass and pitas.


Relaxing on the beach

Back near the beginning of the beach and people have started to arrive to enjoy a sunny Sunday.


Pitas and sea

Finally another dramatic view with pitas before we walked back up the hill to the windmill.


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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