Below the ominous shadow of Caldera de Gairia I watched as these fields of aloe vera took on a subdued glow in the dawn light . The brooding crater silhouette against a rapidly colour changing sky and rows of golden spikes at that time of day I knew would be fleeting, soon the landscape would take on more of the honey-coloured sun baked appearance that many people associate with Fuerteventura .
Standing at 461m Gairia is one of many volcanic cones to be found on this the oldest of islands in the Canaries . Driving around one becomes familiar with many of them as they stand apart surrounded by lava fields and badlands .
A few days previously we took a hike around the crater from behind this view, but unfortunately for us the summit was inaccessible at that time. A sign way up along the route informed us access was prohibited due to the protection of nesting birds, I gather though from other reading that August to March it is possible.
Beyond its glorious beaches there are plenty of interesting places to discover and explore here … juggling our interests of photography, walking and geology made for a great trip 🙂 Looking back over photos taken I realise there’s a large collection that really need going through with a view to another post at some point .
A little play with paints again … watercolour jottings in my small sketch book is a great way to experiment without feeling something has to be perfect, and that helps loosen up my brushstrokes and just let things go … ha … much easier said than done !
To finish .. after sipping coffee and making plans for the rest of the day the light was much brighter and a little further along the dusty track look who I found peering over the wall 🙂
I’m really not particularly good with hand held shots but in these conditions with an of ISO 100 and Aperture of F4.5 the shutter speed was 1/500 which certainly helped eliminate my usual shake ‘n blur …
I hope you’re enjoying a mellow kind of week too x
As a beautiful dawn unfolded and sunrise kissed drifting clouds I thought maybe, just maybe I could capture a feeling of tranquillity by using a filter and taking a slightly longer exposure.
After a few experiments with timings, composition set ups and a fair number of clicks this was the end result .
The wreck actually lies in a small bay with industrial fuel storage tanks on one side and rather grotty looking buildings on the other, so much tripod moving and careful stepping over slippery rocks was needed to achieve this angle of shot .