This is about our discovery of the ‘hidden gem in Lanzarote’s crown’ (as described in ‘Lanzarote Walks’ by David A Brawn and Ros Brawn). The day was warm and we seemed to be in for a calima (a hot, dry, dusty wind blowing off the Sahara); but there was a pleasant breeze and we were well-covered in suncream. Montana Cuervo was our destination. And, although we knew our own ‘local’ volcano, Montana Roja, this one was an unknown quantity.
|Wild geraniums thrive in a seemingly unforgiving terrain|
|Olivine making a stark contrast against the laval rock|
Olivine mica was scattered along the path, glistening in the sun like a frosty pavement in lamplight. The olivine crystals grow deep in the volcano when the magma is forming. Larger areas were embedded in the lava as though it had been thrown on with a paintbrush, and, if you allowed your imagination to run riot, you could see hidden animal and insect shapes. The one below suggested a bird - whichever way I turned it.
|The path into the crater|
The colours of this rock reminded me of a childood sweet called 'Penny Chew’ the caramel and banana elements mingling together.
|Some mimicked other natural forms. This fossilised lava flow appeared to be a gnarled tree trunk.|
|A small piece of Olivine is captured in the flow of lava and petrified in time.|
|The landscape is littered with skeletal plants with a stark appeal of their own|
|Pumice to be proud of!|