Tenerife and Pico de Teide

Tenerife beyond the Caņadas

Unless otherwise noted the following photos were taken by Jürg Alean as far back as 1975, but also in more recent years. They may give an impression of Tenerife island outside the Caņadas caldera.

Tenerife beyond the Caņadas
Euphorbia and Opuntia plants in a small barranco above Adeje.
Tenerife beyond the Caņadas
Not a geyser - just a blowhole on the coast at Los Cristianos
Tenerife beyond the Caņadas
Modern times at Los Cristianos
Tenerife beyond the Caņadas
Water pipelines crossing a barranco.
Tenerife beyond the Caņadas
View across the city of La Laguna towards Teide
Tenerife beyond the Caņadas
Shepherd in Anaga area: he herds goats along the same trails where Guanches (pre-hispanic population) herded their flocks centuries ago...
Tenerife beyond the Caņadas
House and potato fields in Anaga mountains. Farming is possible due to a network of irrigation tunnels dug deep into the island and painstaking terracing.
Tenerife beyond the Caņadas
Village in Anaga mountains. Among the oldest parts of Tenerife are the Volcanoes Anaga (5.8 Ma) and Teno (7.4 Ma).
Tenerife beyond the Caņadas
Anaga mountains. The subaerial history of the island began in the late Miocene, 7.5 Ma ago with the growth of mafic shield volcanoes now preserved in the extremities of the island as the eroded massifs of Teno and Anaga.
Tenerife beyond the Caņadas
Village in Anaga mountains. Barrancos (deep valleys) were formed by large landslides, which in conjunction with several vertical collapses, created several steepwalled gorges.
Tenerife beyond the Caņadas
Dragon tree in Anaga mountains: this ancient species survived the Qurternary ice ages only on Tenerife. On left, the endemic Canarian palm (Phoenix canariensis).
Tenerife beyond the Caņadas
Branches near the coast (Anaga mountains): The sap from these trees becomes red in the air (therefore ĢSangre de Dragoģ - dragon blood). Once it was widely used in popular medicine and in the preparation of paint.
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