The Wreck on the hill – Lajares
The Houbabra Bustard is found across North Africa and the Canary Islands, they are not easy to find in part because of their scarcity but also despite their size their plumage is increadibly cryptic and difficult to spot in their preferred desert habitat.
After a long wait for a cloud and dust free evening at last an opportunity presented itself to tackle the La Oliva windmills, or in this case just one windmill, with a starry sky. Unfortunately the milky way didn’t show its face or at least not the galatic core.
Something a little different for a change.
Panasonic recently issued a new firmware update for the G9, one of the supposed changes was to the autofocus algorithms to improve the performance in continuous mode.
If you approach La Oliva from the north there is a point at which my favourite volcano (Montaña de Frontón) looms above the church of Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria – the problem is it is difficult to find a good place to stand to capture an image.
In all honesty the architecture on Fuerteventura is not that interesting – there are few old buildings – the exception to this are the little chapels that can be found in all towns and villages across the island.
On the way back from the expedition to the coast I spotted a large goat farm with many goats – there used to be goats all over Fuerteventura but I think it is an industry that is dying out – not surprisingly since I think young Fueteventurans would rather surf or open a coffee shop that herd goats and who can blame them. Frankly goats stink !
The west coast of Fueteventura is a largely rugged and remote with hardly any safe harbours. Access is generally difficult without a 4×4 – only a handful of spots are accessable by surfaced road.
The Church of Our Lady of Candelaria lies at the heart of the small village of La Oliva in northern Fuerteventura. The chuch was built in the 17th Century at a time when the islands nobility moved to the northern part of the island.
Fuerteventura’s former capital Betancuria lies in a picturesque valley next to a dried up stream which flowed up until the 16th century. The village is named after Jean de Béthencourt, who founded the town in 1404 with Gadifer de La Salle. It was the original capital of the Kingdom of the Canary Islands, and later capital of Fuerteventura.