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Gran Canaria, 3-10 November 2008

 

Central caldera - Santa Lucia

 

North-west coast - St Nicholas and Agaete

Galdar area

Maspalomas- Dunes and Beach

Tasarte - valley study

Wind Farm at Aringa

Volcanics  - Pico de Galdar and Montanon Negro area

Central caldera - Santa Lucia

Mogan - Ayacata Road

Fataga  Rocque Bentaya San Bartolome de Tirajana 

The Humid North

GC210 Acusa Artenara Road

Chira - valley of water and of fire

 

 

There is a decent from San Bartolome to Santa Lucia, but the valley structure is uncertain, and the feeling of a caldera, with its central hills, is strong here. Santa Lucia is a very civilised settlement, centre, but to drive the rim of the caldera one has to backtrack to the GC-654, right, and start the ascent.

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On the way to Risco Blanco the road sweeps up switchbacks that require 1st gear! Such are the slopes that a cable hoist is considered a good idea!

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At he highest elevations on GC-654 there is a good overview of the caldera, and also of cave structures ... although Gran Canaria is absolutely full of them!

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Flowering geraniums at the side of the road were not to be passed by!

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Pico de las Nieves

 

The second visit to Pico de las Nieves produced an improvement on the flat light, but at the cost of rising bodies of cloud, but did allow views over the hill tops ...

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.. and cleared to show Rocque Nublo with Teide on Tenerife in the background. It also showed the cloud overtopping the ridge-line to the north.

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The clouds put on a respectable show of a standing wave, a demonstration of rain shadow and lapse rates!

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El Guriete on GC-65

 

 

Descending to the coast, on the way From Santa Lucia to the coast, I came across this mirador, overlooking a fine gorge.

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The side valley joins a broad wadi, in the distance.

 

 

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 Gran Canaria Santa Lucia Risco Blanco Pico de las Nieves Rocque Nublo Teide El Guriete agriculture vegetation standing wave cloud wadi

 

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