This was a lovely walk to Taucho, through the pine forest. Beautiful scenery, and lovely company. 3 hour hike finished off with fish and chips provided by Palms Chippy. Thanks to Andy Tenerife Walker our guide.

Nature Diary – Flowers – Thorn Apple

A few months ago in I mentioned wanting to start a diary about nature well this is my first entry.

Thorn Apples are also called Datura or in spanish Hieba del Diablo translated means Herb of the devil. They are poisonous and related to deadly nightshade.

Although poisonous they are very pretty, and found in waste ground in Tenerife.


Thorn Apple growing at side of road.


spiky seed pods


close up of seed pod


very alien-ish inside pod.

Nature Diary – Large Bird – Osprey ?

Yesterday I caught a glimpse of two big birds flying past the patio window, by the time I got my camera they were flying away from me and I only managed to capture one, I think they were osprey’s. If anyone knows different let me know.


You get an idea of the size compared to the hill and the buildings.



I cropped these but they are not very clear.


2014 Challenge Week 16 Nature and Wildlife- Water (long exposure)

Living in Tenerife I only have the ocean, as there are no streams etc. I managed to get a few good pictures, I use  a sony cybershot I lowered the EV to -2.

This is the photo I put into the challengeDSC01618

These are the other photos I took, it was hard to decide.

Nature Diary – Different birds

Whilst walking to the shops I came across these 2 very different birds. The first was in a garden area, I think it might be a pet, we have walked passed this area most days and this was the first time we saw it. The bird was a Guinea fowl, and surprised us as we were looking at the cats wandering about, when it just strolled out of the bushes, the photos are not the best as I could not get too close.

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The second bird we saw was one I have been trying to photograph for a while, but again the photos are not great as I could not get too close or it would fly off. It was a hoopoe I love the colours. I will keep trying to get better pictures.