Walking ferns

July 20, 2019

In the shadier corners of the laurel forest on La Palma, the ferns walk about. Sort of. Woodwardia ferns live in the damper parts of the forest. You can find them along the river bed at Los Tilos, and in the irrigated garden around the visitor centre. They have enormous fronds, anything up to a metre long. When the tip of a frond touches the ground, it often sprouts roots,…

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The Dragon Tree Viewpoint

July 16, 2019

  There’s a rather nice viewpoint in Puntagorda, on the main road at km 78. Its most obvious attraction is the dragon tree, leaning much further over than the tower at Pisa. > But when I was last there, I was charmed by a tame red-billed chough, Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax barbarus. They’re relatives of rooks and crows, but this particular sub-species only lives on La Palma where they’re called grajas. They’re…

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Sacred Heart 2019

July 1, 2019

Sacred Heart (sagrado croazon) is a catholic fiesta which takes place 11 weeks after Easter, and it’s a big thing in El Paso. The green stuff on the ground is a carpet the needle leaves of tree heather and the boarder is moss. I’ve been told that the pictures themselves are made out of crushed and dyed eggsells, but they looked a different texture this year. Whatever, they were beautiful,…

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Photos of Corpus Christi 2019

June 24, 2019

As usual, Corpus Christi in Mazo was beautiful. Here’s some photos. When I arrived they were still putting the big picture together. It was facsinating to watch. but as usual, it was the little details which drew most of my attention.

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Corpus Christi on Thursday

June 18, 2019

Thursday is Corpus Christi in Mazo. That is, they’ll be making the archways and carpets on Wednesday night, and most people will go and see them toon Thursday, but they’ll stay up until Sunday night. Also on Sunday there will be a special mass in the church at 11:30 followed by a procession around the archways. The full program is here (in Spanish). If you miss this, you can see…

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Los Tilos Waterfall

June 13, 2019

Canarian waterfalls aren’t common. There are lots of temporary waterfalls after heavy rain, but they tend to be very short-lived. But La Palma has two, pretty much year round. This one is in the Los Tilos biosphere reserve. From the visitor centre, you follow either the ravine or the water channel upstream. (If you follow the ravine, be prepared for some scrambling. If you follow the channel, bring a torch…

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