On top of the world from La Palma, “the green island” or “La Isla Bonita”
This island is the most north-westerly in the Canary Island group. Not to be mistaken for Las Palmas (Gran Canaria) or Palma (de Mallorca) – all in Spain and all popular tourist destinations.
I have to admit I’ve been throwing glances toward this small island in the Atlantic for quite some time. And now I finally had the oppurtunity to go, to collect some landscape images for the book The Great Canaries.
One of the two reasons for my interest is the same as the one that lures numerous of astrologers and reseachers of deep space to the island of La Palma. The Sky Law of the Canary Island keeps light pollution at bay. And the height of the mountains around Los Mucachos gets you closer to space.
The other reason is the nickname “the green island”. La Palma is the one with the most diverse plant life of the seven islands.
Below are some photos from my last week. (Click for larger versions)
Milky Way over the observatories on top of Los Muchachos.
Lots of colorful vegetation and plants.
Daytime photo from the top of La Palma.
Last rays of the day reflecting of a rock in the Atlantic.La Palma in the Canary Islands
Above the clouds
Inside the Caldera de Taburiente. The “Calima” is clearly visible. It’s sand (or dust rather) from the Sahara that get carried over by the wind.
A little selfie while waiting for the sun to set completely and the stars to come out.
Sunset from above the clouds.
The Milky Way over the Caldera de Taburiente
Again, waiting for the sun to set.
Mind your step.
Caldera de Taburiente
From inside the Caldera de Taburiente
Lizzards enjoy the altitude. The were plentiful
Black volcanic beach of Charco Verde
The clouds created for some interesting driving
Sunset over the clouds
And this fella. Curious to say the least. Refused to leave my car. Hitchcock anyone?
The Milky Way in the background. Shot on top of the Island near Los Muchachos
Sun setting over La Palma beach
One of the observatories on top of Los Muchachos.
The island is very steep, so the roads, even in good condition, is a challange.
Sun setting on top of La Palma
Rock formation, facing away from the Milky way.
Trekking is popular on La Palma. Lots of different trails lead around and through the island