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Gran Canaria, 3-10 November 2008

 

North West Road Mogan to St Nicholas

 

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

 

The first stop of the day and a chance to see typical Canarian hillsides and flora.

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Veneguera is a small village occupying a narrow valley to the sea just off GC200, and the first one on this road out of  Mogan. The centre shot is from the cafe at Los Canadas.

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Los Canadas is a cafe/restaurant on GC200 with a handful of palms and views down-valley towards Veneguera.

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A dry waterfall on the approach to Fuente de los Azulejos

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Fuente de los Azulejos is marked by a cafe/restaurant and is the spot to stop to view the discolouration of some volcanic  strata by oxidization into a pastel green rock, that is reasonably easily crumbled.

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Fuente de los Azulejos as seen from the gully a hundred yards south of the cafe.

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The approach to La Aldea de San Nicholas  is long and quite steep, opening up vistas of cloth-covered hillsides.

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Cultivation depends upon the combination of reasonably moderate slopes, fertile soil ... but mostly I assume would be water. The centre shot is a 'ground-truth' photograph of a plot of potatoes seen in the shot on the right, taken from high in the hills.

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La Aldea de San Nicholas as seen from the lower slopes of the hills leading to the north of the town, showing a landscape of  tented fields and a solitary wind turbine!

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Mirador el Balcon is a spot where the road, GC200, meets the top of the cliffs. A balcony has been constructed to fully appreciate the scale of these cliffs.

 

 

 

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The view north from Mirador el Balcon gives a view to Agaete and its harbour, but emphasises the vastness of the volcanic deposits and their rapid erosion by coastal erosion.

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A rugged rocky coast of volcanic lava and its flora of succulents ...

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... and a view towards Agaete.

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Transverse valleys being assaulted from the seaward, and evidence of seasonal or fossil waterfalls.

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Gran Canaria Mogan Los Canadas Veneguera Fuente de Los Azulejos La Aldea de San Nicholas Mirador el Balcon coast road  palms agriculture volcanism sea cliffs vegetation cactus waterfalls landforms

 

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