La Palma Island

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La Palma Island
All about La Palma, the jewel of the Canary Islands
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  • Easter under Franco 9 hours ago My husband was telling me what Easter was like under Franco’s dictatorship. Catholicism was pretty much compulsory. From Good Friday to Easter Sunday, the one TV channel showed the test card and played solemn classical music. The one radio channel … Continue reading →
  • Strange Caterpillars 5 days 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 … Continue reading →
  • Easter Processions in Santa Cruz de La Palma and Los Llanos 1 week ago It’s Holy Week, and in this Catholic country, a lot of people take it very seriously. The bigger churches hold processions, which look very exotic to my English eyes. Do try to see at least one.   It’s not so … Continue reading →
  • Pyroclastic Flows and Dykes 1 week ago The whole island of La Palma is volcanic, but it’s extremely young. The oldest rocks are only about three million years old, so there’s no dinosaur fossils here. Much of the island is basalt – a dark grey rock which … Continue reading →
  • The Canaries win Tournament: Earth 2014 2 weeks ago This year’s winning photo in NASA’s Tournament: Earth is the Canary Islands again. This time all seven of them. This photo was taken by NASA’s Terra satellite on June 15, 2013. The prevailing wind and current here comes from the … Continue reading →

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