We have the unusual opportunity to have the Canary Islands as part of our mission. They are a group of seven islands sixty miles off the coast of the Sahara Desert of Africa, separated from the rest of the mission by a 2-1/2 hour plane ride. I thought it would be nice to post a few pictures of the six islands we have visited so far. All are volcanic in origin and each is uniquely beautiful. So from east to west:
El Hierro is a triangular shaped, mountainous island. At one time it was used to mark the central meridian of time before it was moved to Greenwich, England. We passed through seven distinct micro-climates on this small island of fewer than 12,000 inhabitants. The native people were the bambaches.
|Dropping down out of the high mountain pass into the one relatively level settled area. called La Frontera.|
|A reconstructed bambache village.|
|The three active members of the church on the island, Piti and Dick and Marcos.|
La Palma, not to be confused with Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, is called "La Isla Bonita", the Beautiful Island, for a reason: it is beautiful. It is north and a little east of El Hierro. There is a small branch on this island of about 15 people.
|The Post Office|
|A full-size, authentic sailing ship mounted as a monument about a block from our small chapel overlooking the sea..|
|The rocky, volcanic shoreline.|
|View of the capital city of La Palma from airplane.|
Gran Canaria is the regional capital of the islands and is in a central position. Columbus stopped here to resupply his ships before heading west to discover the American continent.
|A statue on the beach of the folk costume of the 'Canarios'.|
|A couple coming from a wedding where all the guests wore traditional folk costumes.|
|Typical traditional balconies|
|Colorful houses line the streets in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria|
|Trees in a downtown park. I wish I knew their name.|
|Outdoor cafe in the park|
Tenerife is the duck shaped island east of Gran Canaria. (I also served on this island for five months on my first mission.) It has a split personality - it is half Arizona and half Hawaii. There are three branches on this island with two companionships of Elders and a Senior Couple, the Andrews, serving here.
[I don't have photos of Tenerife right now. I'll have to take some and insert later.]
Fuerteventura is the long island closest to Africa. It has wonderful beaches and sand dunes, but not much vegetation. The early inhabitants were the Guanches. ( I served for five months on this island during my first mission, and I love it!)
|The harbor at sunset|
|Aerial view of north end of island.|
|Not much vegetation..|
|Two native Fuerteventura señoras dressed for the Día de las Canarias party. The lady on the right made her own outfit with all the beautiful lace and cutwork.|
Lanzarote is the smaller island to the north of Fuerteventura. There is an island ordinance that requires all houses to be painted white to maintain its picturesque state.
|View of the beach (our hotel was second from the right)|