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La Palma Island
All about La Palma, the jewel of the Canary Islands
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  • La Palma's Violet 4 days ago This is the lovely little Palmeran Violet, Viola palmensis. It only grows on La Palma, above 1,900 m. (There’s a similar violet on Tenerife, but it has smaller flowers). It used to be rare, but the island government has a program of replanting areas and it’s making a comeback. You can find them...
  • Where did the benahorita come from? 2 weeks ago   The people who lived on La Palma before the Spanish arrived in 1493 called the island Benahoare, and themselves Benahorita. (Or according to some people Benawara and Benawaritas. They insist their spelling is correct. I find this odd, because to me the correct spelling would be the one the...
  • A Breathtaking Window on the Universe 2 weeks ago 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...
  • A video of the "Apagon" 3 weeks ago Here’s the video of the star parties and concerts to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Starlight Declaration. The star party I ran in Puerto Naos is in it. I’m on screen at 1:57. Blink and you’ll miss me.
  • Strange Caterpillars 3 weeks ago Yponomenta gigas caterpillars and web. I’d never heard of caterpillars that make cobwebs before, but these do. Like many others caterpilars in the family of ermine moths, they form communal webs. I suppose it discourages birds from sticking their beaks in. My book on Canarian insects doesn’t...

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