It started with a seemingly inconsequential exchange of messages. I sent a photo* of a neighbourhood cat looking particularly cute this morning to my friend Tom. He replied:
A while back, I discovered that the Canary Islands has a freely available Geographic Information System (GIS) web tool: visor.grafcan.es
Whilst experimenting, I found that one of the map layers shows the land that is classified as rural (as opposed to urban, or at least, non-rural). This stuck with me at the time, because some of the COVID rules for mask wearing in Spain were based on whether you were in a rural or urban area.
Now, I live on the outskirts of town, and I started to question whether Tom’s 2nd message was, in fact, accurate.
So, I fired up the GIS browser. This is my neighbourhood in San Cristóbal de Laguna, with the rural land layer selected:
I knew exactly where I’d seen the cat (and the photo is geocoded), so I zoomed into that area. Here you can see the result:
Sorry Tom. Actually, that isn’t an urban street cat, after all.
*I’m afraid in the interests of privacy, I can’t show you the photo. However, I have commissioned an interpretation from a prestigious artist. I hope this suffices.