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Tenerife - January 2009

Once again we took a winter holiday in Tenerife, this time staying at the Hotel Fanabe Costa Sur in Costa Adeje which is just a few miles north of Los Cristianos where we had stayed before. A good day out was to walk to Los Cristianos for lunch and then back again

A cactus with an interesting fruit Brightly coloured flowers were everywhere A tree with roots hanging from its branches The Swans Neck Agave flowers progressively up its stem ... ... like this Pink Bougainvillea Purple Bougainvillea A bank of Bougainvillea showing some colour variants Another large cactus (about 2 metres high) Undercover banana plantation (this is a small one!) El Mirador shopping centre - traditional style ... ... very arts and crafts Hotels and mountains More hotels And more hotels Parascending from Playa de Torviscas Parascending from Playa de Torviscas Undercut rocks in Playa del Duque Fishing at Playa de Fanabe Now that's what I call a balcony! A view of the Costa Adeje coastline Shops, hotels and mountains Coming out of a dry dock in Los Cristianos harbour Surfers waiting for a wave This shot of surfers was taken almost into the sun Surfers on a wave Another surfer Our hotel at night A nearby shopping centre viewed from the hotel roof Another shopping centre viewed from the hotel roof A view of the bay taken into the sun A view of the Casa del Duque When the waves were high this blow-hole was really spectacular A banana plant We did the whale watching trip again, this was a dolphin Sea bass farming in the bay A pilot whale This pretty mural with inlaid mother-of-pearl was on the boat A pilot whale Another pilot whale A very clear view of La Gomera Female kestrel on a ledge A Whimbrel Turnstones A group of Turnstones The flower of a succulant Another very bright flower Val along the coast path Pete along the coast path Another hotel complex Just a view of a beach Someone had spent a long time creating these ... ... and these This is the Castor Oil Plant (Ricinus Communis). Male flowers at the bottom produce pollen for the female flowers at the top ... ... which then produce the spikey fruit which at one stage look like chestnut fruit ... ... The nuts inside are the source of caster oil but their shells contain the deadly poison, Ricin. Bee on a very colourful flower The beach at Playa del Duque

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