La Palma is a small island, just 17 miles by 28 (27 x 45 km). You can easily experience a different landscape every day for a week.
“The Dead Sea”
I’m standing beside a grid of square, shallow ponds, each one maybe a metre across edged with stone. The water in each pond is a pale coral pink, with a lacy white edging. Some have white mounds in the centre. This is the Fuencaliente salt works. From May to October or November, the ponds are full of sea water, getting ever saltier as the sun sucks away the moisture. It’s a great place to see migrating birds (plovers, dunlins, sandpipers, turnovers and occasionally even flamencos and shelducks) but the only things that can live in this water are a tiny crustacean, Artemia salina, which is pink like the first stirrings of dawn. This is only two and a half miles (4 km) from…
There’s another article about La Palma up at the Financial Times which I rather like, although I’d point out that 40% or the forest burned, not 40% of the island, and it’s recovering already.