Canary Pine Trees

September 10, 2018

Today I visited Cumbrecita, and I fell in love with Canary pine trees all over again. So many of them look as though they’ve been carefully trained into artistic shapes, like gigantic bonsai trees. So here are a few of my favourites.

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The Scenic route over the ridge

Montaña Quemada, El Paso, La Palma, Canary Islands
September 6, 2018

The main roads on La Palma form a rough figure 8, with the main east-west road being the LP2 from Santa Cruz to Los Llanos, through the tunnel. But whenever I’ve got time, I like to take the scenic route, the LP203. This winds up through the heather and bayberry forest, then pine forest, past the barbecue and picnic areas at Pared Vieja and El Pilar. Just west of the…

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Lomo Estrecho

The ancient rock carving at Lomo Estrecho, El Paso, La Palma
July 31, 2018

I went for a walk to Lomo Estrecho. Starting from the Caldera visitor centre, you take the LP 302 towards the better-known Cumbrecita car park, but instead of taking the turning to Cumbrecita you carry on as far as you can go in a normal car, or about 1 km beyond that to the recycling bins if you’re in a 4×4. From there you walk up the track marked “Pista…

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Flags Galore

Garafía's flag
June 27, 2018

  You see a lot of flags on La Palma. Most English visitors will recognise the flags of Spain and the European Union. But the Canary Islands are an autonomous region within Spain, and they have their own flag too. You see it a lot, especially around May 30th, which is Canary Day. And then each island has its own flag. Here’s the flag of La Palma: And as if…

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Painting the volcanic gravel red

The volcanic gravel turnin red at Llano de los Jables above El Paso, La Palma island
March 22, 2018

Llano del Jable is a flattish area above El Paso, dotted with pine trees. There’s a viewpoint just above it with a spectacular view. Normally the ground is black. It’s almost all gravel, formed from a series of erupions of Montaña Quemada (Burnt Mountain) between 1470 and 1492. The volcano sprayed out lava which solidified in midair and landed as hot gravel. It looks extremely exotic if you’re English. At…

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Lucky with the weather

January 30, 2018

Yesterday I had an excursion to Cumbrecita, and I was really lucky with the weather. The first bus there got the rain. We got the rainbow. I announced that I sometimes had customers who blamed me for bad weather, so I was taking credit for the rainbow. I think I did an excellent job.

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