Foto: A tourist walking in front of La peña de los perros
At the beginning of the brilliant and terrible twentieth century, some people thought that pregnant women would be enchanted with pleasant gardens and decorative paintings of the newborn baby floating placidly in a luxurious amniotic fluid.
It was also believed that music could tame a wild temper; it was possible to have a chubby newborn baby and in the future a well-balanced kid using natural methods to feed it’s spirit. Exclusive nutrition, even before we are born.
I’m not the right person to refute these theories. I imagine that they have a contemporary parallel, but these neonatal strategies suggest other strategies to me.
I think that everything would be easier if we always had access to a window looking out to the sea.
I imagine a small rectangle from which you can breathe in the smell of the high tide and the bitter taste of the seaweed when the seashore seems to be ready to move back to La Barra volcanic reef.
It is easy to get tired of empty words, but I think that a strong gust of wind through the avenue of Las Canteras seems new. It is like a prayer that makes me feel at peace with myself, with others and the whole world.
You can see your life from another point of view watching the beach from the rail of the avenue at Las Canteras.
There is nothing like an imaginary window from which you can contemplate the salt horizon to forget about the sadness and the anxiety.
“La peña de los perros” and other rocks.
I think that the name of the lot of rocks which exist around Las Canteras is very literary. Just imagine this beach like a huge prehistoric animal with spots.
Between these rocks we can see “Los Lisos del Charcón”, “Los Piquitos de La Playa Chica” and “La Peña de la Palangana”.
Some friends of mine tell me that the rocky geography has a submerged part while there is another part that is visible to the naked eye.
Some people think that the names “La Peña de los Perros” and “La Peña de la Camella” derive from the shape of the rocks. Other people consider that “La Peña de los Perros” got its name because the rock is near the seashore, which made it easier for children to swim out, a joy that something that children and puppies share.
There is also another pessimistic theory. Those who support this theory say that “La Peña de los Perros” got its name because hunting dogs were drowned there as they were considered unnecessary. It was cruel demographic control of the animal population in times when mankind did not felt close to them.
A friend of mine has a very convenient theory. She imagines that the guard dogs of “La Plaza de Santa Ana” escaped from their sad destiny of stillness in order to take a long dip into the sea at Las Canteras.
She tells me that there are other rocks. For example, the rock called “La Peña del Balcón”.
I prefer the rock called “La Peña del Peligro”. It boasts a natural phenomenon, a type of small cave where a fish called the “morena” (muraena Helena) lives.
But paradise ends when fishermen catch them.
We don’t know if fishermen hypnotize them with their songs like the mermaids did with Ulysses and his sailors, or if the fish leave the sea feeling attracted to the reflection of the moonlight on the water.
What we know for sure is that the morenas leave their hideouts, the caves where they are safe from the other quiet fish which are less coveted.
Inside the rocks in Las Canteras beach exists secret underground marine life.