Thursday, 2 January 2014

Last Walk of 2013

New Years Eve saw beautiful weather across the island and I took the opportunity to check out some alternative paths above the tiny village of Las Vegas in the south-east. This is a scenically stunning part of the island and it looked particularly good as I set off into the hills, the recent storm having left the countryside looking very green. One surprise on the walk was the sight of almond blossom in bloom in the Barranco de Las Vegas, which is very early as it normally appears sometime during late January. Here are a few photos from the walk.

A stone oven used for drying fruit and baking bread

Leaving Las Vegas

Distant view of the mountains around the Las Cañadas National Park

Aeoniums, known locally as Bejeque

Descending into the barranco. Although the walk later crosses the Barranco de Las Vegas, this one is unnamed on the map.

Climbing out the opposite side of the barranco

This helicopter spent an age practicing manoeuvres above the Barranco de Las Vegas, it was a relief when it finally flew off

Entering the Barranco de Las Vegas

Cliff formation in the bottom of the barranco

These beautiful flowers are Cineraria

The Barranco de Las Vegas

The Barranco de Las Vegas

Almond Blossom in the Barranco

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