The Rally

Rally car zooming through San Jose, Breña Baja
September 22, 2017

The annual car rally starts tonight. This is quite a big event in the national rally calendar, because racing along La Palma’s twisty roads is not at all like racing round a track. About 60 cars will drive along the route through the Breñas and Mazo once tonight and three times tomorrow. The road will be shut at 9 pm Friday and 10:26, 13:57 and 17:27. The race itself starts an…

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A Breathtaking Window on the Universe

September 20, 2017

I think this is a really good guide book to the observatory on La Palma, but you probably shouldn’t take too much notice of my opinion because I wrote it. On the other hand, the director of the biggest telescope in the world, Pedro Alvarez, likes it too. So do the directors of the William Herschel Telescope and telescopio Nazionale Galileo (the Italian). “A Breathtaking Window on the Universe: A…

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Los Sauces Bridge

September 16, 2017

The bridge over the ravine at Los Sauces is huge. It’s 319 metres long and towers 150 metres above the valley floor. It opened in December 2004. To begin with, it was rather controversial because it crosses the same valley as the Los Tilos National Park. But you can’t see the bridge from the park, and it’s really rather elegant for something so big. It also knocks a full five…

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The Herschell dome motor

Lifting the dome shutter motor back onto the WHT, Roque de Los Muchachos observatory, La Palma island, Canaries
September 14, 2017

Today I was photographing the MAGIC when I saw a big crane beside the William Herschel Telescope. Of course I went up to look, and found the engineers were winching the dome shutter back into position after repairs. Of course it took some time. As you can see in the last photo, the motor is pretty big and heavy. I don’t know what the shutter weighs, but the rotating part…

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La Glorieta Square, El Paso

La Glorieta square: Looking south, from the stage.
August 31, 2017

There’s a lovely little square at La Glorieta. The whole floor is covered in mosaics, as are the benches. The plants are all local ones. Most of the vertical walls are made from the local volcanic stone, as is the back of the little fountain of a mosaic chameleon. The whole lot was designed and made by a local artists, Luis Morerea . To get there take the road from…

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La Cancelita Viewpoint

August 25, 2017

The view of Los Llanos from La Cancelita La Palma has even more glorious viewpoints then the other Canary Islands. One of my favourites is La Cancelita, where you get two amazing views for the price of one. The good view covers Los Llanos and a good chunk of the surrounding plain. (Los Llanos means ‘the plains’ but it’s not that flat by UK standards. The view of the Caldera…

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