FREEDOM! (sorta)

May 3, 2020

I’m finally allowed out – with limitations. I can go for a walk within a kilometre of home from 6 – 10 am or 8-11 pm, and alone or with someone from the same household. People doing sport can go further, but I’m not sure that hiking counts. Anyway, a kilometre is enough to get me to the little thermophile forest reserve, so that’s where I went. After almost 7…


Sunday photos: willow catkins

February 16, 2020

Willow trees like damp sports, so they aren’t common in the Canary Islands, but there’s one on the road to the observatory and its catkins are in flower. The tree looks almost luminous.


Sunday photos: bejeques

December 24, 2019

Bejeques or saucer plants (Aeonium in Latin) are a genus of plants. There are loads of dfferent ones in the Canary Islands, but this is the very common one. IT covers rocky ground, drystone walls and the roofs of old buildings. They make a great buffet for bees and they flower in time for Christmas.


Photos of the week: baby pine trees and bracken

November 21, 2019

Baby Canary pine trees are a completely differnet colour from the mature, green trees. They’re a lovely pale blue. Now, in late autumn, the bracken has turns shades of gold and brown. I think the combination is beautiful, particularly when it’s all wet. And near the top of the pine forest there’s the dark green of the codeso bushes too.


Sunday photos

September 1, 2019

I went for a walk with my friend Petra. We both like going very slowly and taing lots and lots of photos. I think the moss heart on the old roof above was the favourite find for both of us. But we agreed that these fern roots peeking out from behind the stone do look rather like some strange animal with lots of legs. And at the risk of spoiling…


Sunday photos: Menorcan flowers

May 19, 2019

I’ve been on holiday in Menorca, which is a lovely island, about the same size as La Palma. One of the highlights of my trip was a hike through the s’Albufera des Grau national park from the lighthouse at Favàritx to the village of es Grau.   I took a gazillion photos of course. This week’s photos are some of the flowers I saw. I was glad I’d made the…