Sunday, 27 February 2011

Leaving Tenerife

Back home now and feeling lucky to have been able to spend much of the winter in the warmth and sunshine. Already I'm missing the fresh greens, tomatoes, avocados, bananas and much more.

I love the scenery of south west Tenerife and was able to spend time walking in the mountains where spring is much in evidence, the almond blossom on the trees around the towns and villages is especially beautiful at this time of year:

Every part of what many people would call scrub land is to my eyes as beautiful as any garden.

The hour before sunset infuses everything with a golden glow:

Not so long ago the island would have had a sustainable economy based on farming and fishing but has now mostly gone over to tourism. The terraces where lentils and chickpeas once grew lie abandoned. But up in the mountains I sometimes came across people still living the old ways with a few goats and a patch of vegetables. Just as it should be:

The last of my photos from Tenerife are here.