When a friend visits your city for the first time, we all have a route in mind that includes all those places we deem most representative or interesting. Invariably, we mix up venerable stones, the busiest spaces or places from which to enjoy a panorama of the city. Also, some strategically distributed bars should be laid on the way in which to enjoy the local wine and food specialties, somehow measuring time and space of the route's stops.
In my case I also include trees. It's one of my passions, but we must admit that there are many memorable ones in Malaga. When I have a guest, and as time allows, I try to make a stop in front of this unlikely barrilito, located opposite the entrance to the port. It is a safe asset that never disappoints visitors who contemplate with surprise his trunk plump, swollen by the accumulation of water in the dry season, its twisted branches and covered with spines, its reptilian colour...
Of course, among those friends I mentioned, some urban sketchers are to be found... do not miss Gerard Michel's drawing of this same tree, and please take a look at Lapin's inspired version!
Finally, it is interesting to find, thank to Urban Sketchers, how my admired Virginia Hein is regularly sketching in California the same tree species I usually find here in Málaga. USk's didactical side is not to be underestimated!