I failed miserably with my pictures of the lunar eclipse, although I do maintain that the very best pictures from around the world are the ones taken from Mt Teide, despite all the votes for Australia! Check out this link. The videos are really long, but the pictures are stunning. Once in a (dare I say it?!) blue moon the shadow of the mountain is cast over the ocean like this. http://www.sky-live.tv/
The reason my photos were an utter fail was down to the winds. From my roof terrace I might have had some better shots than usual with my new lens, but even with a tripod it was impossible to keep still! The moon looked as if it was jumping all over the sky!
Above you can see the effect the high winds and state of the moon had on the seas around here. I was hanging around waiting for some photos to be scanned, and enjoying cinnamon ice cream, so when the photos were taking longer than expected, and to stop myself from buying a second ice cream, I wandered down to the corner of the harbor in El Médano. Contrast the above with the photo below, which I took a few months back.
To be fair, the one above was taken very early in the morning. Often the winds drop at night and pick up again midmorning, which totally explains to me why El Médano is not an early morning town……no breezes for the wind and kite surfers until later, as some surfing friends explained to me. Even if you want to go out for breakfast you can’t find anywhere open until 10am.
I’m guessing the owners of those bars aren’t too happy, but then I suppose they’re used to the weather here. As I’ve said so often it maybe one of the things which makes El Médano a quirky kind of place to be. These pictures were taken early afternoon, though, so I imagine that the bars lost some lunchtime trade. Doesn’t look as if anyone wanted a free saltwater shower with their meal!
My son recently began a job with beach security in Candelaria, further down the coast, but still facing east. He’s done this kind of work before, and said he doesn’t remember dealing with so many rescues in one day. On neighboring island, Gran Canaria, two people drowned – a reminder that we should never take the ocean for granted. It’s usually stronger than we think (and maybe just a bit pissed at what we are doing to it?).