Rock Art

A wet, spiral rock carving at La Zarzita, Garafia, La Palma island
November 24, 2015

I’ve been having fun hunting up the local rock art with an archeologist from Northumbria. There’s lots of it, but while the rock art from the North Pennines is about 5,000 – 3,000 years old, the Palmeran art is much newer at 1,200 – 500 years old. We went to El Verde near El Paso cemetery, where most of the carvings line up with midsummer sunset or midwinter sunset (well,…


Art at Hacienda de Abajo

A small statue in Hacienda de Abajo, Tazacorte, with lots of happy kids
October 28, 2015

This blog hasn’t had many photos lately, so here’s a few taken of the artwork in Hacienda de Abajo. I don’t know anything about the horse and the (presumably) Chinese statue, I just like them. There’s a tale attached to the saint with a big sore on his leg and a dog, but I was at the back of the group so I missed the saint’s name. Anybody know?



On Tuesday I went to Tenerife with my son for an appointment. The day went really well until we tried to buy a video game in El Corte Ingles. Slow serivice meant that we missed our bus to the airport and had to take a taxi (I can think of better things to do with 15€). Worse, my son forgot his phone in the taxi. Worse still, it was in…

September 3, 2015

Photos of La Palma by Kai Petersen

Llano del Jable, Pico Birigoyo, LA Palma. Photo: Kai Petersen
July 27, 2015

Kai Petersen has some spectacular photos of La Palma at his website:   My favourites are the night photos with stars, but he also took this lovely photo of my and my friend Nevermore on a tour of the Observatory of the Roque de Los Muchachos. The website is in German, but you don’t need words to enjoy them. I really recommend a visit, because there are 37 more!


Pluto and Google Deep Dream

  Deep Dream is all over the internet lately, but for those of you who heaven’t come across it, Google have invented an ‘artificial neural network’ which finds patterns in images, and then matches them with other pictures stored in its memory. The result is seriously weird. I recently learned that some people suffer from a phobia of objects with irregular patterns of holes (Trypophobia) and they find some Deep…

July 19, 2015