Sunday photos: Animals at Maroparque

October 4, 2020

And the Spanish 3rd edition is at the printers! Yay! I took most of a day off to celebrate, then got back to work on the whodunit. Polishing is now up to chapter 65, so almost 2/3 of the way through. This week’s photos are from the little zoo at Maroparque where one of the parrots tried to eat my friend’s camera. They warn you to put away anything like…


Sunday photos: hermit crab and sally lightfoot crabs

Sally lightfoot crab, Grapsus adscensionis at La Salemera, Villa de Mazo, Isla de La Palma
August 23, 2020

I went back to La Salemera with my friend and her grandchildren, to find that the tide was put at the rock pool we’d swum in before was now too shallow for swimming. This was a great disappointment to the five year old until we found the hermit crabs. Then, of course, she was fascinated. After some googling I found that they’re Clibanarius erythropus If you haven’t seen hermit crabs,…


Sunday photos: Sally lightfoot

August 2, 2020

I went to the beach at Salemera with my friend and her grandchildren. We went swimming in a big rock pool – well, sort-of swimming because even the deepest bits were only about half a metre, but it was great fun. Then I noticed something moving on the rocks at the edge of the pool. I pointed at it and told the six-year-old, “Oh look, there’s a red crab over…


Sunday photos: a snail

November 10, 2019

I found a snail on my balcony one evening. The light was fading and the breeze bounced the stalk arond, so none of the photos are critically sharp. And then I had some fun tweaking the photos with GIMP. Which do you prefer?


Sunday photos: Frogs

June 24, 2019

Last week I found that the pond in a little park in Santa Cruz had quite a lot of frogs in it. Today I finally got back there with my good camera. I’ve admired the Palmeran frog’s golden eyes for years, but today I was irresistibly reminded of grumpy old men.   Somehow I can easily imagine this let yelling at me to “Get off my pond!” What do you…


Sunday photos: a moth and a couple of flies

June 2, 2019

The late spring flowers are in full bloom at the observatory, and lots of insects are enjoying the all-you-can-eat buffet. This isn’t a bee because it’s only got one set of wings. it’s some sort of fly. This is some sort of moth, but as you can see I photographed it in broad daylight. I’m getting better at sharp close-ups. And finally a little fly who obligingly posed for me…