Sunday, May 6, 2012

Moonlight & Roses

  Supermoon taken at 11:05 pm May 5, 2012, from Tenerife
Camera Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ10 full optical zoom
 Manual setting - f/4.9, 1/125 s

Here we are already in May and it's the time of roses and beautiful skies.

I'm sorry I haven't been around much but sometimes life can be so busy that one doesn't have time to write about it.  And I have many new photos to add here.

 I'm so glad we had ideal conditions for photographing the moon last night.
The supermoon was brilliant in a clear sky here in our part of Tenerife.

Here's another one from May 3rd when I looked out my window and saw the moon rising in the east from a sea of pink clouds just after sunset.

Moon rising in the east, May 3, 2012.

And our garden is full of roses and white trumpet vines.

Iceberg Roses with Sonia in the background

Peace Rose

Large blooms on the Peace rose


Pedro Dot Rose




We have wonderful weather here now.  
It seems we have suddenly jumped out of spring and into summer.

I hope you are enjoying these early days of May, the month of flowers.

Thanks for dropping by and I hope you'll come again soon! Bye for now.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

White Tajinaste

Tajinaste Blanco (Echium Simplex) or Tower of Jewels

This lovely tall white tajinaste was seen blooming on a street corner garden in Puerto de la Cruz near the end of February.
The smaller flowers blooming at the base of the plant make it an especially beautiful specimen.

The Tajinaste blanco is a biennial plant endemic to this island of Tenerife.  I have had them blooming in my garden and am tempted to plant a couple of them again as they are so spectacular once they have reached their full height of around 3 meters. They also attract bees.

Here's more information about them from the web.

Another type of spectacular tajinaste is the red one (echium wildpretii) which blooms on the slopes of the Tenerife volcano Teide and in the nearby town of  Vilaflor.
It's also a plant endemic to this part of the island.

Echium Wildpretii or Red Tajinaste

While out last Sunday with my walking pal we passed the white tajinaste and found it had fallen over, been propped up off the sidewalk and was alive with bees.

I even made a short video of the activity:

Like a group of giant octopus,  clusters of Aloe Arborescens are also a common sight in suburban streets. We also had one in our garden which grew so large it threatened to topple the garden shed.

Aloe Arborescens

Like most winter days, the streets are full of tourists and a common sight here at the moment are groups of cyclists on the roads, down from cooler latitudes to train for competitions in the mild Tenerife weather.

It's nearly time for us to finish our walk and stop for a cafe con leche and some people watching.

There it is, now it's time to rest our feet!

Thanks for dropping by.  Do come again another day. ¡Hasta la vista!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Bees and Peach Blossoms

My little peach tree is now full of blossoms and two days ago in the morning sunshine it was buzzing with bees.

I ran to get my macro lens and snapped away for nearly half an hour.

Here are some I liked best.

Photos taken with:Canon EOS 600D & Canon EF100mm f/2.8 macro USM lens

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Streets of Puerto de la Cruz

Hello again!

Sunday, February 26th was the last day of carnival celebrations and my walking partner and I planned to go walking down into the town again.  It was a sunny warm day, 24°C  (75.2°F) and instead of heading down the stairs this time we walked down the main Botanico road.

 Walking down the Botanico road in Puerto de la Cruz.

There's a lovely little Drago tree planted in the walkway on the way down, accompanied by a couple of park benches, presumably to provide a rest for those intrepid pedestrians courageous enough to tackle the uphill walk.  Not an easy task, especially if one has been enjoying a lunch of paella and wine shortly before.  So far we have opted out and taken taxis back up the hill!

 But the uphill trek is still in our future plans. One friend of my walking pal is a man who has been doing the down and uphill walk every day for some time and as a result he has lost 25 kilos weight.

The town was still busy with tourists and costumed children wandering the streets to the distant sounds of Latin rhythms emanating from speakers down in the plaza.

Street vendors and living statues added their colour to the scene.
Here one is hoping to sell genuine handbags to the passing tourists.

And as we near the plaza we begin to hear the hum of the crowd blending in with recorded carnival music coming from loudspeakers set up on a stage on one side of the plaza.

Down in Plaza del Charco the Cafe Columbus was already filled with diners and those who chose to just sit, soaking in the vibrant atmosphere of sights and sounds.

The plaza was filled with stalls selling costumes, headdresses and all manner of fancy dress.

So after browsing and doing a couple of turns around the plaza we settled down to find a table and again try out that great paella from the same chiringuito (a snack or dining stall set up on a temporary basis) where we ate last Sunday.

And here is one of the paellas nearly ready for serving.

And to put an end to carnival season, here's another video I put together from Sunday's clips.

Thanks for dropping by.  I'll be back soon with more recent photos from my life in Tenerife.

Till then, ¡hasta la vista!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Walking To The Plaza

I'd better get these photos from last Sunday up on the blog because it's Sunday again tomorrow and my walking friend and I, a lady from my Pilates class,  intend to walk down to the town again for the last day of carnival here.  Actually we walk for the exercise but it will be an added attraction to see the crowds, the costumes, the food and hear the music, even though it's usually blaring out at so many decibels that it can probably be heard in the next town.

We start with walking down many many stairs.  I was aching a little the next day!
Good exercise for your calf muscles, but maybe not so good for your knees

When nearly at bottom we get a glimpse of the sea and cliffs covered with palms and cactus.

Down in the town we pass by Calle La Hoya, now a pedestrian street, formerly a very congested road where early morning traffic jams and car horns were a cacophony of sound. 
Thankfully it's now a quiet shopping street with no traffic.

As we near the main plaza the crowds become more dense.  There were competitions of childrens' costumes that morning. The air was a little chilly but the sun was out. 

Down in the plaza  people were sitting where they could to have a lunch or drink.  The
outdoor cafes were full and one was lucky to find a free table. Music was blaring from a live band.

We were lucky to find a seat at a little churinguito....a provisional eatery set up for carnival.
There were typical tapas of jamón serrano, cheeses, paella, Spanish olives and hot dishes.

The waiter begins to slice the serrano ham for a tapas plate.
These are the cured hams that are mounted on a frame to hold them while they are being sliced.
Serrano ham is nearly always included in a selection of tapas, along with cheese and olives.

And here are a couple of paellas being prepared and served along with a huge pan of potato with onion, garlic, green & red pepper slices, called Patatas A Lo Pobre , or roughly 'poor man's potatoes', although there's nothing poor about the flavour.  It's one of my favourite dishes, and is seen cooking on the far side of the photo.'s one paella still cooking to reduce the broth, while the waiter above serves from one which is ready and garnished with lemon slices, shrimp and mussels.

My friend and I manage to find a couple of empty seats at the churinguito.  I had paella and she had baked green peppers. The other sidewalk cafes were also filled with people enjoying the food and carnival atmosphere,  and the music blared on!

Here's a little video I made that day.  I'm afraid I need to practise a lot more at taking videos. But you can get an impression of the atmosphere and a lesson on how to slice the ham!

Thanks for dropping by.  See you soon....¡hasta la vista!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Carnival in Puerto de la Cruz

This year the carnival celebrations of Puerto de la Cruz have 'recycling' as the theme.

And so the poster announcing the festivities, designed by Anoniman, shows a face decorated with random bits of metal objects to demonstrate that even a few screws and loose nuts can be made into a costume for carnival.

and this year the carnival queen of Puerto de la Cruz is Virginia Molina Marrero.

 The first runner up or 1st dama de honor is Carolay Garrido Rodriguez, pictured below:

Credits for these photos go to the photographers of the official carnival websites.

The main parade in Puerto de la Cruz will be on Saturday, February 25 and there will also be another day carnival in the streets on the next day, Sunday February 25 from 10:30 am.

I will probably be down in the plaza to join the crowds.

I'll be back next with my street photos from last Sunday. 
Thanks for dropping by and ¡hasta la vista!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Carnival in Tenerife

We're in the midst of the Tenerife carnival....or carnaval, as it's written in Spanish.
Yesterday the main parade was held in the capital city, Santa Cruz and tonight is
the 'Burial of the Sardine'.

Here are some photos taken from the official carnival website, here on this link.
Credit goes to the unnamed photographer(s) 'Prensa' whose photos appear on that site and here below.

                       Here is the coronation of this year's Reina de Carnaval (Carnival Queen)

And since I love the sounds and rhythms of carnival music, here's one song that's always present...a favourite of Tenerife locals: Chicharrero de Corazon, video from 2009.


I'll be back very soon with more of my own photos taken in the streets during this carnival season.Thanks for your visit and ¡hasta la vista!


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