And now for something completely different | Flora and Fauna in Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain

“We need the tonic of wildness...At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.”   Henry David Thoreau

Volcanic mountains raising from the sea like lily pads seen from above the earth's surface. That's what the Canary Islands are officially, some have produced life - Isla de Hierro - others have lost and had to start over again (last volcanic eruption of Lanzarote was 1790), but regardless they are all paradises in their own way.

It's my blog and I can do what I want to. So today I'm doing something super crazy...I won't be posting about food. A few weeks ago my beau and I escaped to our favorite island in the world (thus far that is), Lanzarote, Spain. Located 125km from the African coast and 1,000 from the Iberian peninsula,  Lanzarote is out of a strange science fiction movie, the terrain is martial, albeit the people warm. At times it is blue and fertile and at other moments you can't imagine life being able to progress. However, I was able to capture this sequence of life that I wanted to share with all of you. Predominately in cacti and succulents, that I suppose after hundreds of years of evolution and adaptation so readily and profoundly exposed themselves to us, unyielding springtime in the desert. I'm grateful to see that life does carry on even when the odds are against it.

 “Time is more complex near the sea than in any other place, for in addition to the circling of the sun and the turning of the seasons, the waves beat out the passage of time on the rocks and the tides rise and fall as a great clepsydra.” - John Steinbeck


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