So, when I said I'd go on a holiday, Exploder said I should take some pictures. And take pictures I did. Actually, there are over 1100 pictures now... La Palma is full of beautiful motives, and if you make the mistake of handing me a camera I'm very likely to take photos of anything even remotely worth taking photos of. My dad is almost as bad, so we got a lot of pictures. We had to buy a new memory card at some point...
Decided to share a few pictures here. Obviously, not all of them, just a selected handful.
This is what most of the coast looks like, rough stones and hardly any beaches. I don't complain, not a beach person anyway, and who needs a beach if you can have the sound of waves crashing against sharp rocks?
View from the summit of Pico Birigoyo. You're above the clouds there. The Passat winds shove the clouds against the island, where it catches at the mountains and forms a sea of clouds (it's really called that, I didn't make that up). Looks really beautiful.
When there are enough clouds, they start gushing over the crest of the mountain ridge, like a waterfall of clouds. Scenic.
Fun fact: I didn't notice I had that electricity line on the picture until I looked at the photo at home.
One of thousand little pools the Rio Taburiente forms as it goes through the Barranco de las Angustias (the Canyon of Anguish, epic name, ain't it?). Nothing scary there, but lots of epicness all around. It's almost ten kilometers long, hundreds of meters deep, full of rocks to climb over... and just generally awesome.
Close-up of the same brook. The green stuff are some sort of long water plants. No idea what they're called, but I'm quite proud of the photo itself.
More Barranco pictures. The weird little building is a station where they take water from the brook to canalize it (about the only sign of civilization within the next ten kilometers). The weird guy with the strange hair, the hat and the funny shirt is me. Obviously, I didn't take that picture.
But comparing me with the size of the rock walls around me at least hint at how huge everything there was .
A path through a lava field. It's not as broad as it looks here, wide angle lens and stuff.
Pine forest. There are lots of them actually. I like walking through them, the green needles look awesome with the dark rocks and the blue sky, and the smell of dry needles in the heat of the sun is quite unique.
I really like the second picture, too.
Another picture I'm pretty fond of. It was taken at the Salines in the very South of the island. White salt apparently looks pretty good with black lava stone. All sparkly that stuff, too.
Yet another above the clouds picture. I have no idea how many of those I have. I can't help it, clouds from above look amazing. When you stand on a summit like that, only clouds around you, it feels like you could jump right into the sky below. It's surreal, and awesome.
Last but no least, the sun shining into the Cubo de la Galga, a kind of narrow and deep small basin thing. It was a tricky picture, and one I had no idea if it would even turn out presentable. But the contrast worked out fine.
So now, here you go. A bit of La Palma for everyone. Now, back to work. I have a story to write, and an unfinished painting, and... a lot of other stuff I should probably be doing right now.