Ursula and I only recently got back from a trip that began with a flight to Fort Lauderdale on 27 April 2022, and didn’t see us return until 7 July. This was yet another transatlantic cruise aboard a Royal Caribbean ship, Vision of the Seas. Now, I love sea days, as it affords me the opportunity to play bridge. And play I did, twice a day every day at sea. But on 7 May it was time to get down to the business of photography as we made port in the city of Santa Cruz de La Palma on the island of La Palma in the Canary Islands.
Now, Ursula and I have been to La Palma before, but we went into the interior on tour. For this visit we opted to hoof it into town and see the sights on our own.
So, early morning, we set out on foot. The sun was low in the east and clouds shrouded the peaks above the city.
La Palma offered me a lot of color, and I began taking advantage of this even before we left the pier:
One of the first images hovering over you as you leave the port for downtown is this charming church perched high above:
After exiting the port and making our way to the pedestrian street Calle O’Daly, we turned northeast and headed toward the sights. This is a great street to walk, take in the scenery, and enjoy the atmosphere without the traffic.
We’ll continue this walk on Wednesday, but for now I’ll leave you with images of the typical doors and wonderful balconies for which Santa Cruz de La Palma is known:
The mountain you see above is Mount Teide, an active and potentially very dangerous stratovolcano that towers 12,198 feet/3,718 meters over the island of Tenerife. Mount Teide is situated within the Teide National Park, located near the center if the widest section of Tenerife.
Teide National Park
Most of the photos you’ll see today were taken at a vantage point overlooking an ancient lava field and crater within the park.
Teide National Park
Near the vantage point inside the ancient lava field you can see a large, towering feature. This is La Catedral (The Cathedral). La Catedral is the remnants of a magma column once contained within a rising volcano. The slopes of the volcano have long sine eroded away, leaving behind the lava conduit you see on the right side of this image:
Here is a closeup view of this conduit:
The surrounding area has an other-worldly appearance, and I wound up taking a lot of photos here. Below it today’s photo gallery. Click on any image to enlarge and activate the slide show: