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Subtropical Snow

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There’s no doubt about it, the sight of snow on the mountaintops whilst you’re strolling along a sunny, palm-lined street, or even floating in the ocean is almost surreal, and  it still gives me a thrill.  I was both born and bred in a flat and damp English landscape, and the vista from my roof terrace yesterday morning was so very different from those lingering winter memories! I just had to get up there!

So I seized the chance to take some time off to take a closer look. A few weeks back when it snowed, I wasn’t able to get up into the mountains for 3 days, and by that time much of the snow had melted away. It was cold too, with a keen windchill factor. Yesterday, however, was different, it was only 24 hours since the last snow had fallen, and it was a morning of halcyon purity, with a sapphire  sky straight out of a glossy travel magazine to offset the shimmering white,  and bone-warming sunshine.

I was stoked, as my sons would say, to be up in the mountains again. The drive was easy, through the first stirrings of spring; some lingering almond blossoms, a few adventurous California poppies and evident, fresh, green growth on the pines. When you drive up from the Vilaflor road it’s a mellow ride, taking you to another season, through those first glimpses of springtime, into pine forests and snow-lined roads, then into the barren rockery on the outskirts of the crater, until El Teide rises before you, lord of all he surveys, and in his winter coat, more awe-inspiring and imposing than ever. If you live in the north, the omnipresence of  Teide is perhaps not so much of a surprise when you arrive, but from the southern coast he rises tall but distant, and arriving you marvel at his domination of the scene.

Traffic was light enough, though it was obvious that locals as well as tourists were heading upwards to admire the winter landscape.  It’s not uncommon, it snows up here most years, but it doesn’t last long under the sun’s fierce glow, and there isn’t always chance to come see it, nor mornings like this to see it at its most breathtaking.  I overheard people talking about taking their kids out of school for the outing.  By weekend when they have no school it will mostly be melted away.

At the first  stop I looked back, and could see that mountain mists were following us. We must have been driving just ahead of them as they wound through the trees and rocks, and now they were beginning to finger their way across the crater, but for the meantime we were well ahead, and the road in front was clear and quiet enough.

The thing which struck me about this depth of snow cover was that it highlighted the ebbs and flows of lava, so that you could see how it had inched its way down the mountains, and where and how, at some point, it had halted, sometimes producing lacey effects, like festooned curtains, with the weird shapes and boulders, randomly spewed out from the earth, stark against the white.

Drawing level with the parador, we turned into the viewing area opposite, where the vista is unfailingly jaw-dropping in any kind of weather or time of day, but it was chock-a-block with cars, buses and tourists. I have nothing against them. We need them – just not in my photos! So it was back into the car. I wanted to see what the view was like from where I taken these photos a few weeks back. However, it wasn’t to be. Just past the cable car the road was still closed off. I learned later that roads from La Orotava in the north, and la Esperanza just above La Laguna were still closed. We’d only seen one snow plough on our journey, and though there had been some light rockfalls, the road had seemed quite safe, but as always here, life on the other side of the mountain is a different story, so we turned back, to see the mist now approaching fast, an over-powering, immense wall of dense white, shifting shape as it flowed over hilltops and crater. We took the road down to the west coast and Chio, partly because it’s wider with smoother bends than the Vilaflor road, and partly for the change, Mother Nature and the Enviromental Service having spoiled my plans.

The lava beds through which this road winds are sombre black and rich brown, contrasting with the snow, and resilient to whatever kind of weather Nature hurls at them, be it a temperature of 5ºC or searing heat in August. We’d lost the sun’s warmth to that mist now, and the day was chilling fast.

Stopping to try to capture the diversity of landscape between the snow covered forest floor and the sight of the island of La Gomera seemingly floating on that sub-tropical ocean (It didn’t turn out that well. The camera doesn’t see what the eye does – or is it time to try out HDR I mused – that stain of a darker blue in the top right is La Gomera), I turned around to see, on the other side of the road, a bleak and colorless scene, as the clouds bore down on us. Thank goodness this was a drive and not a hike, though hiking in those conditions wouldn’t have fazed me at one time! But I’d seen the desolate scenes on morning tv the day before, and I hadn’t expected to be able to walk very far, so I wasn’t entirley euqipped, plus lunch was calling too!

There was even less traffic on this road, and as we descended and, as the temperature rose, the road was adorned for springtime again.  These bonnie flowers are lotus campylocladus, and were so prolific in places that they carpeted the floor of the forest which was getting sparser as we drove down.  By now, however, the light had gone, despite heading west, it was too gloomy to get a decent snap.

And so we returned to the coast, casting aside layers of clothing until the normal jeans and T-shirt remained, and marvelling at how we’d seen at least three out of four seasons in something short of one day. I know I keep saying it, but diversity is what keeps me here. At the end of the day, this is an island, it’s small, there are constrictions which come with that, however beautiful it might be, but it does feed my need for variety very well.

Author: IslandMomma

Loving island life and exploring the freedoms Third Age brings: Challenging myself every day: writing, traveling, snapping pix, running & teaching ESL

139 thoughts on “Subtropical Snow

    • Thank you. I can’t claim too much credit, though, given such a picturesque scene in the first place :=)

  1. Ohh such lovely, natural landscapes….love the backdrops!

  2. Cool pictures and wow I wish I am at that place for real

  3. Hi!
    Beautiful pics, thanks for sharing. I also live on Tenerife but haven´t had the chance to go to Teide in the last week so it´s nice to see your shots. It´s something so special being able to wear your flip-flops in the morning and then put on your wool-sweater and jacket to go to the mountains in the afternoon. Great blog, keep up the good work!
    Cheers, Line Karen.

    • Thank you. I noticed, looking up today, that the snow has already melted a lot in the last 24 hours. It is special, isn’t it. I just love so many different sides to Tenerife! Maybe we’ll have more snow before spring and you’ll have the chance to go. A friend just told me that the road from Chio was closed the previous day, before they could get to the caldera, but they did see snow on the roadside.

  4. Purdy! Thanks for sharing, and Happy Irish Day!

  5. Wow, that is amazing! Beautiful shots, and the lotuses look really neat in that rocky terrain.

    Felicidades on being FP!

    • Thank you. I’m going to go back asap when the light is better to see if I can better snaps of the flowers! Thanks for the congrats.

  6. What an amazing blog – thank you for sharing your experiences.

    AP.

    • Thank you very much for the kind words. My blog began as a personal thing, but I’ve come to realize that sharing experiences via the internet is a great way for folk to connect and understand each other a bit better!

  7. What a lovely post, such beautiful pictures! Thankyou very much for sharing these :)

  8. What a beautiful island! The pics are stunning!

    • It is, beautiful and varied and fascinating. I’ve lived here over 20 years, but find new things weekly, if not daily! Thank you for commenting and reading.

  9. It has been amazing, hasen’t it? I live in Playa de San Juan and have been looking at the mountains every day they were visible. Totally amazing. The down side has been a very cold winter for the first time in years.

    The rain at our level has led to the most amazing flora of wild flowers, the most beautiful I have seen for years. It is amazing that the seeds can lay dormant for so many years.

    The snow is receding, but the vision will be with me forever in my little brain. Spectacular. Thanks for the pics.

    • It really was a winter wonderland! It’s years since I’ve been able to get up there before the snow melted! I noted the flora, obviously, coming down through Chio, which is probably the route I choose least. I mean to go back and take a closer look very soon, before the heat melts spring into summer!

      Just took a peek at your blog, and will definitely be back to look more. I really like the sound of that goats’ cheese salad **glancing at my watch and realizing the farmers’ market will be over now for today, damn!**

  10. I had no idea about the diversity of landscapes and seasons in your neck of the woods — fascinating, and I truly appreciate the stunning pix you shared!
    :)

    • It’s the diversity which keeps me here. I think I get bored quite quickly, but here there is always something new and fresh it seems. I’m so glad you liked the pix!

  11. Those pictures are great. Looks like a beautiful place to be.

    • Thank you very much. It certainly is! And this is just one of the island’s many “faces”.

  12. wow! I like the places up there. I will never get to see snow in Singapore, hopefully one day I would save enough and bring my camera out for a trip!

    • I hope that you get to come one day! If they have built too many high rise hotels by then you can always go to one of the smaller islands in the chain! Thanks for reading.

  13. I like snow so much.
    It’s beautifulless.

    • It was very beautiful this week, and because the area is a World Heritage Site the rules about where you can go are quite strict, and it remains quite unspoiled :=) Thanks for reading.

  14. Very nice photos – wish I was there – and great writing.
    I’m also writing about travel.
    It’s at http://vietnamtrails.wordpress.com

    • Thank you for both compliments. They really are appreciated!

      I’ve just taken a quick look at your blog, and it looks fascinating. I’ll sit down & read it later. I’ve heard those same sort of divergent reports on Vietnam too. A very good friend of mine adores it, but I’ve spoken to experienced travellers who loathe it. Sounds like a very individual experience. Can’t wait to go!

  15. I love the image of the little yellow flowers. I just realized, after taking a second look, my mother gave me some of these from her own garden to transplant to my backyard! They took root quite easily, but produced no flowers. (I think I might have transplanted them too late in the growing season.) I’m hoping they will do so this year.
    Thank you for sharing your pics. What a nice way to spend the day!

    • That’s interesting. I don’t know too much about them. I was just talking to a young friend who advised me to ring her mom, who apparently is a wealth of information on local flora. I thought I’d seen them elsewhere, but all my searches turned up only flora in the Canary Is. So I will try to find out more. They were growing in the forested part of the slopes, so I am guessing they need shade.

      Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment.

      • Yes, they do need shade. My mother didn’t tell me the name (I never asked), but she has always grown flowers in the yard and planters and anywhere else she can plant something. She said they grow very easily and spread quickly, with an abundance of tiny yellow flowers — just like the ones you photographed. She just pulled them directly out of the soft, loose ground and wrapped them in a damp paper towel since I was going directly home to plant them.

    • I’m guessing that you were right about transplanting them at the wrong time, then. Soil cover here isn’t very deep, although, of course, it’s rich soil, being volcanic, so they must’nt need much to root. I think you’ll have the flowers next spring. Hope so – they are very pretty.

  16. Can’t help but say, WOW! I’m living in a tropical country so pictures like what you showed here never seizes to amaze me. And, it’s always been a dream to see a snow falling on our windows …

    Congrats for the FP badge!

    • Thanks for the congratulations!

      I imagine the scenery here is very, very different from yours. I understand your country is very beautiful. Only last week someone recommended it to me, but my travels are curtailed at the moment——still, in the future, I hope! I took a look at your blog – really cool. I will be back to read more in the future!

  17. Can’t help but say, WOW! I’m living in a tropical country so pictures, like what you showed here, never seize to amaze me. And, it’s always been a dream to see a snow falling on our windows …

    Congrats for the FP badge!

  18. Very good sites, I like this and i want read again and read again.

  19. The snow is vital to the trees, yellow wildflowers, and other living things on the mountain. Real mountains live for snow, and choke if they don’t get it.

    • I can understand that. Although this is a sub-tropical climate, we rarely have a water crisis the snow, rain, mist and even the morning dew soak into the volcanic rock and are stored in underground chambers. Thanks for reading.

  20. I didnt know there was lava in cali mountains. great pics! i though at first that this was mauna kea but then i read something about cali.

    • You were closer the first time in a way. Geographically further, but the Canary Islands have a lot in common with the Hawaiian Islands. They are both archipelagos of volcanic islands one in the Pacific and the other in the Atlantic, although the Canary Islands are less remote than the Hawaiian Islands. The nearest island to the African coast is only 200 miles distant, but this is a region of Spain in the same way Hawaii is a state of the US.

  21. Ahh, mountains are just so beautiful! I can see how you would get the itch to get up there.

    • They are indeed. Stark and dramatic, and totally awesome. Actually “Clash of the Titans” which was released last year was filmed mostly up there. It was fun identifying places when I saw the movie!

  22. As the others, I love the pictures, so beautiful! The best of both worlds I like, ocean and mountains. Congrats on being FP!

    • Thank you very much for the compliment and for taking the time to comment. You hit the nail on the head! I often wonder where else in the world you can find this combination. I am sure that there are places, but I still have lots to discover on these islands yet! Thanks!

  23. Astonishing variety in one day. I can see why you like it there. Lovely to descend to the warmth, though! Great pics. It’s hard to take good pictures on a high contrast day — I’ve had trouble with that. I took a course last year on how to use my camera, and would like to take another one, as there is a lot you can do with settings that you might not be familiar with! Overall I thought your pics were successful, though.

    Love your writing. Descriptions are marvelous. Congrats on being Freshly Pressed.

    • It is, indeed astonishing, and never fails to surprise me, even though I’ve lived here now for over 20 years, and, yes, the warmth is good! I’m not sure I could live in a colder climate now. I have arthritis starting, so probably not a good idea anyway!

      I did a course last year too. I’m still very much learning. This is the first “proper” camera I’ve had, and it is HD, though to be honest I’m not totally sure what that means. I still have a lot to learn!

      Thank you for the compliment on the writing. That’s my first love!

  24. I didn’t know there was such a thing. Still awaiting the day there’s tropical snow…am melting in Singapore and cooling down with your snow photos :)

    • Sorry you’re melting! We do have the most wonderful climate here, I must admit. This winter is cold but normal winter temperatures in the south of the island are around 20ºC, which isn’t cold at all!

      I just took a look at your blog, and loved it! Will definitely be back to read more, but I can’t subscribe, can I?

  25. Even i love snow, still i have not got the chance to see it.

    • Oh, I hope you get the chance soon. It’s a lot of fun as well as being so pretty!

  26. It’s so interesting that the mountains don’t look that different north to south (I get to see them in the north – some with permanent snow). But the landscape around sure does change.
    Great Pix!

    • Yes, it does change. It summer you could believe you were in a different country, and I think you’d see more of a difference then. We have mountains in the south of the island whose slopes are covered with laurel forests, and they are totally different!

      Thanks! Appreciated you taking the time to say that!

  27. stunning photos ! favourite is the one with the sun dazzling reminding how it must have felt quite dazzling for you too. remember with our little box brownies and early attempts at photography as kids. rule one, have the sun over your shoulder – result the people in the photos were pulling faces because THEY were dazzled too. mehtinks we’ve moved on and could never have imagined by how much eh?

    • But I still have a couple of photos I took of Glenn back then! And do you know, they weren’t that bad everything considered! I loved that little Brownie! If only we’d had digital back then, or at other times in my life. I could never afford to take photos the way I want to until I got my first digital camera!

    • This was beautifully written, and as stunning as the pictures in your blog.
      Are you a regular travel writer? Because if not then it certainly is your calling!
      I was reading a few of the comments, and I’m quite surprised that hardly anyone has picked up on the use of your language in this post. When I was reading this, I thought I was racing against that ‘white wall’ of mist you spoke of! Lovely post, and congrats for freshly pressed too!

      • Thank you very, very much. I’m not a “real” writer, just an aspiring one, even at my age miracles can happen! I just started guest blogging on a travel company website, but that’s my first real work. The blog is a labor of love, as they say! I think possibly English isn’t the first language of many of the people who have commented, so they have mainly looked at the photos. Photography is my second love, so that’s ok! Your comments are appreciated more than you know! I’ve just taken a peek at your blog an vlog, and will be back to read properly very soon. thanks again!

  28. I Love this Post, Pictures are wonderful and your description is Fantastic! Thank you for such a wonderful blog post!

  29. Great pictures! (I just love El Medano – just ashame about the wind!)

    • Thank you! I must admit there are times when I curse the wind! But usually it doesn’t worry too much. I think the town might be over-run by too many tourists if it wasn’t for the wind!

  30. Amazing pictures!! Would be so nice to be there.

  31. I was charmed by your “snow tropical” title and picture, a while ago, on the freshly pressed page; which drove my clicks to your e-place – or, to e-island. I’m now charmed too by you: your attitude and work. I’d say “I’m glad to meet you.” Go along and keep up the good work.

    • Many thanks for your very kind compliments. I am so glad you enjoyed reading my blog. Nice to “meet” you too.

  32. beautiful pics…very beautiful landscapes

  33. im pretty jealous right now, i am still in the flat british landscape! great shots and congratulations on being freshly pressed

    • Sorry! I was 40 when I left, so it took me a while! Don’t now where you are, but I come from Blackpool. If you know the area, then you know what I mean by my description! Thanks for the compliments and congrats!

  34. Nice pictures! There’s snow in Norway too, but here it’s supercold!

    • I imagine you have much more and it will last much longer! Pretty as this is, it usually only lasts a few days, so no good for skiing for instance! I hope you enjoy yours!

  35. dont know why i am influenced by this pictures,any how the pictures are perfect

  36. Super awesome photos and Congrats on Freshly Pressed. But Im not sure if it’s my computer, but I can’t read anything you’ve written in this post. The background is black as is the font.

    • Thank you and thank you again. I see you could see it later, so hope you enjoyed the writing too.

  37. It must have been my computer, as now I can see everything clearly. Oops.

  38. Gratz on fresh pressed, really great photos :)

    Pardon my ignorance but where exactly is this Island?

    • Thank you very much on both counts.

      No apologies needed, lots of people don’t know just where the Canary Islands are, even people who live in Spain or come here on vacation – honest! The archipelago of 7 main islands lies off the coast of Morocco, but is an autonomous region of Spain (rather like being a state of the US). We are almost on the same latitude as Orlando, but the climate is much drier than Florida’s. Tenerife is the biggest island, and a very popular tourist destination for Europeans, especially those who want to escape from the cold winter weather there!

  39. what a pity that i have never caught a sight of snow

    • Yes! Snow is lots of fun as well as being beautiful! I hope you get to experience some one day!

  40. Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed, Islandmomma!!! I was so thrilled to glance at the home page and see you there!!! Well deserved with your gorgeous photos, which you know I always love. I am sooo behind on reading blogs, but am looking forward to my morning coffee this weekend and catching up with your writing and photos. A big hug from AA.

    • Thank you! I thought about you when it happened because I would probably never have found your blog if it wasn’t for Freshly Pressed! I’m in the same boat, and am hoping to take the weekend to catch up with stuff! It’s been very hectic for quite a few weeks. This was my first “day off” in a while. I probably should have worked, but I missed the best of the snow last month, and didn’t want to miss it again! Thanks for the hugs, and back at you!

  41. The photos are fantastic! I love the scenery views, just so love the mountain views. I have the heart of this kind country sight seeing.

    • Many thanks. The mountains around Mt Teide are beautiful in a stark and dramatic way, but there are mountains on the other side of the island which are clad in laurel forest and beautiful in a quite different way. We’re lucky to have both.

  42. I love adventure stories! I’m on an island, too, but no mountains, just water water water so how NEAT to have mountains nearby and even neater they have snow on them! My name will come up as admin but I’m Island Chick Travels at http://www.islandchicktravels.com. I’m adding your link to my sidebar!

    • Almost all of the Canary Islands are steep, volcanoes which rose from the sea bed at various times millions of years ago, so they are all mountainous. I remember, arriving in DC a couple of years ago, being intrigued as we fly in by the myriad of islands and inlets as we arrived. I wonder if I fly over yours! It looks beautiful. I will definitely take a closer look at your blog later! Thanks for reading and for adding me! I’ll return the compliment as soon as I get through these replies!

  43. Nice work. I loved the pics of the mist atop the snow and mountains. Bet that was amazing to your eyes? Do you travel all the time?

    Blessings, Kevin

    • It is quite an amazing sensation to see that mist. This time we stayed ahead of it mostly, but when it’s thicker it can make the roads quite dangerous! I don’t travel nearly as much as I would to if I had the money!

  44. Reminds me of California where I used to live… you could be on the beach in the morning and on the slopes skiing in the afternoon (LA-Big Bear). Stunning photos! You are very lucky to be living on such a beautiful island!

    • Many thanks for the compliment. Yes, I know I’m lucky, though we can’t really ski here. Although Mt Teide is the highest mountain in Spain, the snow always melts very quickly in the heat.

  45. Are these pictures in California? Nothing like So Cal. in winter time ocean close by with mountains and snow on the ridges. Surfing one morning and skiing the next day!

    • No, not California, but Tenerife in the Canary Islands, off the coast of West Africa, but a region of Spain. Surfing is very big here, but not skiing – the snow never lasts long enough! I’m told the climate is similar to southern California.

  46. Absolutely stunning!! Thank`s for sharing.
    I had no idea there was mountains this high in Tenerifa… and snow??!! wow!!

    • Thank you so much for your comment, really appreciated.

      Mt Teide is the highest mountain in Spain. Most winters there is some snow, but this year we have had quite a lot. Great photo ops!

  47. Great photos and very picturesque story :) Thank you!

  48. Great pictures! I am an independent travel agent who is new to blogging and am looking for followers. My blog name is Dream Come True Travel. Thank you for the support!

    • Thank you for the compliment, and I appreciate your honesty. You should add the Canary Islands to your portfolio!! Wishing you lots of luck with your new business.

  49. All I can say is “wow”! How can I be there tomorrow?

    • Not that easy from the US in fact! There are (I believe I’ve never actually seen it on the arrivals boards at the airport!) direct flights to Miami in summer, though not in winter – go figure, both places are *winter sun* destinations!

      And I return the “Wow” right back at you! Very impressed by your blog, the bit I’ve had time to read so far! Don’t consider travel as a non-essential, will you!! It’s an education :=)) Hope to see you here one day!

  50. The snow capped mountains and the flowers are so beautiful! Appreciate your effort to blog it. Nice work!

  51. I love the photos! Keep on sharing photos and stories like this. Thank you!

  52. I’ve never really had the opportunity to experience a proper winter wonderland as you depict in your photos. My last day of spring in the Rocky Mountains was when the snow was thawing and here in Australia, we get rain but not much in the way of snow. I had to ski for the first time on artificial snow.

    • Get those lesson in on the artifical snow before you try it on the real stuff. You’ll enjoy it much more! I’m sure you’ll get to try it one day. Isn’t there skiing someone not far from Canberra? Some friends who live there went last winter I think.

      There is no skiing here though, this snow is mostly melted already in this climate. There are just pockets on the north-facing slopes now. That’s why it’s so unusual to be able to get photos when it’s this thick.

  53. wow – great response to you being ‘fully pressed’ I can see you will now have a bigger following and people will truly appreciate the ‘other side’ to Tenerife, great work. well done!

    • Thank you! It would be nice if people appreciated the real tenerife, and not the image Brits have of those sleaze bars in the Veronicas, which, afterall, are mostly used by tourists anyway! So no way do they represent Tenerife! There is talk of demolishing them. We can hope!

  54. the scenery are beautiful! great on capturing them!

    • Thank you very much. I was lucky to be able to get up there when the snow was fresh :=)

  55. Really nice pics. I´ve been there once, but it was in the summer… Magic place. Feels almost like from another planet.

    • It’s an island with many faces, as you know, this is just one. All that lava in the crater feels “right” in summer heat, somehow, and strange in winter snow. Thanks for reading.

  56. Absolutely beautiful! I love the dog photographs on the side with the cone head! Ha ha ha!
    Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed!

    • Thank you for the compliment and thank you for the congratulations, and for reading!

      My poor best friend had an op Friday, and she hates that cone!!!

      Lots of luck with your new blog. Looking good!

  57. I love the photographs. I wonder, though, if it feels hot under that sun (I’m afraid of hot :( ) or cold because of that snow. :-?

    • The day I took those pictures it wasn’t too cold, at least until the mist came down, and even then it wasn’t as cold as it would be further north in Europe! That said, after dark temperatures here drop a lot at this time of year. We have a wonderful climate overall, though, neither too cold in winter, nor too hot in summer. We’re very lucky.

  58. wow! very nice shot. I always hope that one day in the future, snow will fall in cambodia. but it seems it won’t happen at all

    • No, I’m guessing you’ll have to travel to find some snow! We don’t get very much here, that’s why it was such fun to get up there to photography it! Thanks for commenting.

  59. Wow, this is a mind trip! It almost looks like white sand because of the atmosphere in the picture. I feel all warm and cosy looking at.. the snow :).

    • That’s an interesting observation. I never thought of that. I could have been sand …. there was no slush, just fresh, white powder!

      Lots of luck with your project! Not an easy task. I could never commit to that!

  60. Wow, such fantastic pictures and so well written, too! All the best and thank you for sharing!!

    • Many thanks for the compliments. They are appreciated. It’s so nice to know that people have enjoyed this post.

  61. I like the yellow flowers.

    • Really pretty, aren’t they. I intend to go back this week to get some better snaps!

  62. An unsusual sight: lavender and pine trees covered with snow. Thanks for sharing these great pics, D

    • I’m just glad that you enjoyed them, but no lavender in these particular pix, although there is elsewhere on my blog. Wild lavender does grow here, but closer to the coast, not so high up. It’s the first sign of spring – but it begins in January!

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  64. ……I searched all week ……for an opening in the netting that covers much of the land south ……of the motorway to be rewarded on the last day with a banana ……crop being grown on a massive scale. Behind is the wind farm that was so difficult to ……photograph from any other position!..

    • Hi. I was kind of puzzled by your comment. WordPress flagged it as spam, but it’s clear to me from what you say that you’ve been to Tenerife, so I’m guessing it isn’t. I’m not familiar with the way you write, but I hope you enjoyed your visit. You seem to be from the US, and we don’t see that many Americans here, though hopefully that will change. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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