|Shallow lagoon Bahia de Salino filling with water in high tide|
Friday, October 11, 2019
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
|A small waterfall a bit off the path|
Finally, I've seen all three places where water always runs on Gran Canaria. Well, actually, there are just two left, poor Barranco de La Mina having been killed off by the owner of the water*. So, now on Gran Canaria you have just two places where freshwater runs all year round — Barranco de Azuaje and Barranco de los Cernicalos, Kestrels' ravine.
Friday, September 13, 2019
|These pines kept their needles, although they are dry and yellow. I think they have a good chance of recovery.|
I was hoping to never write this kind of report again, but it was not to be.
Only two years after the fire which started inside Caldera de Tejeda and burned the Parador de Tejeda hotel, and despite the controlled burns in the central areas of Gran Canaria, another fire ran through the tops of the island, Las Cumbres. Several fires, to be precise, one of them, tagged in social media with #IFValleseco, especially big.
Saturday, August 31, 2019
|Beautiful water. Playa Mujeres|
Sunday, May 26, 2019
|An eruption? A wildfire? Nah...|
One of them is the blooming of almonds. Another - the blooming of tajinaste azul, blue bugloss of Gran Canaria. And the third one is the blooming of silver tansy, much less obvious event. I guess my attachment to these rare plants is mostly due to the fact that I found and identified them myself, while both almonds and tajinaste are well known seasonal attractions.
Thursday, May 16, 2019
|Alien tentacles! Cthulhu raising to the surface! Tremble, you feeble humans... etc|
This time I knew it was doable, and my first concern was the weather. What if the (blasted) calima turns up again? We won't be able to see anything!
I can say straight away that we were much luckier this time - there was almost no dust in the air and the visibility was a lot better. First day, we saw Gran Canaria, La Palma and La Gomera above the sea of clouds while still on the bus. Next day, only La Gomera was visible from the top of the mountain at dawn, but that was also fine - I personally didn't even get the camera out of the backpack, see the explanation later.
Monday, April 15, 2019
|Busy busy bees|
When the year is just starting and everything goes green, it is time to check on some of our favourite plants on Gran Canaria.
First plants to start flowering are almonds, no question about that. Weather was fluctuating wildly from the norm (if there is such a thing) this winter: they started already in December, coming to the crescendo in mid-January and leaving practically no flowers for the Almonds in Bloom celebration in Tejeda, which was scheduled, as always, on the first weekend of February.
Second lot is the tajinaste (or taginaste) azul, blue bugloss of Gran Canaria.*
Again, the timing varies significantly. The first time I went to see them was in the beginning of May 2015, they were almost finished, but not quite; the second time, in 2016, it was in the first half of March and they were in bloom. Last year, we went in on a scheduled hike with Arawak in April and saw only two plants already in bloom, others still firmly in bud. This year, we went on the 14 March and found the whole Barranco de la Pasadera in bloom — and not just tajinaste plants. So. If you want to go, you might want to start checking social networks in the first half of March. Somebody from Gran Canaria is bound to publish some pics as soon as the first flowers appear.
There is very little to write really — just enjoy the pics :)