Many of the plants on Gran Canaria have given up on having leaves. Some have evolved to simply have stems and spikes, like true cacti. Others conserve all the water they can and burst into flower and leaf for a few months. These fleshy-stemmed plants are a delight.
So is this Berthelot’s Pipit. What a beautiful bird. It’s got that thin beak so essential to insect eaters
It’s a long way down to the seabirds skipping over the waves.
The afternoon light’s beautiful here.
It’s very relaxing to see white waves breaking in turquoise seas.
How dare the books refer to this beautiful bird as ‘undistinguished’?
They’ve obviously never really, really looked.