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The Atlantic Talks To Me



My father was born in S. Miguel, Azores.

Growing up, my fondest memories are from the summers where our family would go there on vacations once each alternate year.

Today, as an adult, whenever I set foot on that island again memories from those happy, carefree times come rushing in a sweet turmoil, sparked by the island’s familiar scents, views and the ever-present high relative humidity that is a trade mark of mild summer days on those Atlantic islands.

The entire Azores archipelago has a very special, almost magical feeling to it. Each one of the nine individual islands has its very own special charm. Unique features in each island are guaranteed to throw in a state of enchanted contemplation even the most Nature-averse people. (Nature loving ones, of course, are in for one of the best rides of their lives…)

In August 2005, my family and I went there to spend our vacation time. We spent the bulk of the holidays in S.Miguel Island but also visited Faial and Flores.

My two sons loved the trip. Seeing them enjoying the place’s natural beauty, special treats and the love and attention from relatives, as I did several decades ago, made my heart bounce between plain overwhelming affection and bitter-sweet feelings, as I kept evoking my father’s memory.

The trip was also targeted as a photographic bonanza, since, in addition to the natural scenery, the islands also benefit from great natural light conditions.

During the summer the sky is always scattered with small white puffy Cumulus, and the odd dark Towering Cumulus. The sunlight coating through them illuminates the scenery in an exquisite, ever-changing way, that I like to call “lightscaping”.

One can stay in the same spot for hours, taking hundreds of different photos as the light “paints” the landscape.

Take some time to wander through this gallery. I promise you’ll be touched be the raw natural beauty of these islands, and the special atmosphere they evoke.

And you if listen closely maybe, just maybe, these Land & Water images will talk to you too…

(The gallery now includes photos from a second trip to S.Miguel in November 2006 and from a third in April 2010 - the ones from this last trip are actually displayed at the top of the gallery).

(Just hover your mouse pointer over a photo to see photo specific location.)

(Gallery still under construction)
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9G8V3778.jpg Feteiras, S. Miguel Green fields meet the Blue ocean - S.Miguel Conteira flowers, S. Miguel Feteiras, S. Miguel
Ferraria lighthouse - S. Miguel Ferraria - S.Miguel Ferraria - S.Miguel Ferraria, hot spring water meets the ocean - S.Miguel Ferraria lighthouse - S. Miguel
The ever-so-present Hortênsias - S. Miguel Access to Sete Cidades lagoons area - S.Miguel Sete Cidades lagoons area - S.Miguel Off to the fields - Sete Cidades, S.Miguel Sete Cidades (Village) - S.Miguel
Sete Cidades lagoons - S.Miguel Igreja Paroquial das Sete CIdades - S. Miguel Sete Cidades (Village) - S.Miguel Sete Cidades lagoons - S.Miguel Sete Cidade Lagoon area - S. Miguel
Sete Cidades area - S. Miguel Green & Cows, Cows & Green - Sete Cidades, S. Miguel Island Hopper Banana tree - Faial Supervised Takeoff - Horta, Faial
??? - Faial New lighthouse at Capelinhos - Faial Capelinhos - Faial Capelinhos - Faial Capelinhos -  Faial
Capelinhos -  Faial A Taste of The States -  Faial Baía da Ribeira das Cabras (Fajã) - Faial The deep stare... -  Faial A shadowy piece of paradise - Faial
It's just calling for us, isn't it...? - Faial Nature at its best... - Faial Pico (Pico Island) as seen from the Caldeira area in Faial - Faial Peter's Café Sport - Horta, Faial Pico, Pico Island (as seen from Horta port)
Dolphins in open ocean -  Faial-Pico Canal Dolphins in open ocean -  Faial-Pico Canal Dolphins in open ocean -  Faial-Pico Canal Fellow dolphin watchers - Faial-Pico Canal Dolphins in open ocean -  Faial-Pico Canal
A peak and two fins -  Faial-Pico Canal Dolphins in open ocean -  Faial-Pico Canal Baby Dolphin throwing antics - Faial-Pico Canal Sunset at Horta - Faial Caldeiro do Inferno (vista da Srª da Guia) - Horta, Faial
Horta at night - Faial Water falls - Cuada (Fajã Grande), Flores Ponta da Fajã - Flores Mosteiro - Flores Why Flores island was christened that way- Flores
Laje das Flores port bay - Flores Laje das Flores - Flores Flowery directions - Flores Church in a flower's bed - Alagoa, Flores Corvo, the smallest, most western island in Azores, as seen from Flores
Bovine Relax - Flores Farol da Ponta do Albarnaz - Flores Farol da Ponta do Albarnaz (Lighthouse tower) - Flores Farol da Ponta do Albarnaz (detail) - Flores Farol da Ponta do Albarnaz (Old acetylene gas installation) - Flores
Farol da Ponta do Albarnaz (Lamp) - Flores Farol da Ponta do Albarnaz (Lamp detail) - Flores Pendulum weight for the old, decommissioned clockwork mechanism, Farol da Ponta do Albarnaz - Flores Ponta Delgada - Flores West coast - Flores
Ponta Delgada, S.Miguel Ponta Delgada, S. Miguel Little vessels - Ponta Delgada, S.Miguel Ponta Delgada, S. Miguel Old Manor, Ponta Delgada - S.Miguel
The Broadwalk - Ponta Delgada, S.Miguel Oceanic Port - Ponta Delgada, S.Miguel Oceanic Port with Creoula a Portuguese Navy training ship on the background - Ponta Delgada, S.Miguel Oceanic Port - Ponta Delgada, S.Miguel Truly silver, hardly shadow - Ponta Delgada, S.Miguel
The Broadwalk - Ponta Delgada, S.Miguel Freiras (Nuns in english, the word for Popcorn in Azores!) vendor cart - Ponta Delgada, S. Miguel Ponta Delgada - S. Miguel Ponta Delgada, S.Miguel Church, Igreja Matriz de S. Sebastião - Ponta Delgada, S.Miguel
Summer Festivities - Campo de S. Francisco - Ponta Delgada, S.Miguel Campo de S. Francisco - Ponta Delgada, S. Miguel Summer Festivities - Campo de S. Francisco - Ponta Delgada, S.Miguel Summer Festivities - Campo de S. Francisco - Ponta Delgada, S.Miguel Summer Festivities - Campo de S. Francisco - Ponta Delgada, S.Miguel
Summer Festivities - Campo de S. Francisco - Ponta Delgada, S.Miguel Summer Festivities - Campo de S. Francisco - Ponta Delgada, S.Miguel Summer Festivities - Campo de S. Francisco - Ponta Delgada, S.Miguel Summer Festivities - Campo de S. Francisco - Ponta Delgada, S.Miguel Summer Festivities - Campo de S. Francisco - Ponta Delgada, S.Miguel
Summer Festivities - Campo de S. Francisco - Ponta Delgada, S.Miguel Vila de Nordeste, S.Miguel School is So Far Away - Bretanha,  S.Miguel Furnas lagoon - S. Miguel Castelo Branco -  S.Miguel
Cows having a drink - S.Miguel Furnas lagoon area - S. Miguel Furnas - S.Miguel How typical can it get? - Furnas, S.Miguel Natural volcanic steam boilers - Furnas, S.Miguel
Ribeira Grande - S.Miguel Lightscaping, S.Miguel Cottage in Furnas lagoon banks - Furnas, S.Miguel Furnas lagoon - S.Miguel Furnas Lagoon - S. Miguel
Hot water geyser, Furnas lagoon - S.Miguel Furnas lagoon - S.Miguel Furnas lagoon at dusk - S.Miguel Thermal water swimming pool - Furnas, S.Miguel How fruit looks like in Furnas - Furnas, S. Miguel
Ribeira Quente as seen from Faial da Terra area - S.Miguel Água Retorta - S.Miguel Bike riders - Água Retorta, S.Miguel Bike riders - Água Retorta, S.Miguel Father and son ride - Nordeste, S.Miguel
Ponta do Arnel lighthouse - Nordeste, S.Miguel Ponta do Arnel fishing dock - Nordeste, S. Miguel Fishing boat detail - Nordeste, S.Miguel The gizmo that serves our breakfasts... The stress of country life...
Lantana flowers - Nordeste, S.Miguel Contemplation at Ribeira Quente - S.Miguel Ribeira Quente beach - Ribeira Quente, S.Miguel Igreja Matriz, Ribeira Quente - S.Miguel Igreja Matriz, Ribeira Quente - S.Miguel
The source of delicious fresh cheese - Ponta Delgada, S.Miguel Lagoa do Canário area - S. Miguel Lagoa do Canário area - S. Miguel Lagoa do Canário area - S.Miguel Driving cattle - Porto Formoso, S.Miguel
Capelas - S.Miguel A strange sight - Capelas, S.Miguel A strange sight - Capelas, S.Miguel Ancient Windmill - Bretanha, S.Miguel Mosteiros - S.Miguel
Mosteiros - S.Miguel Mosteiros - S.Miguel Mosteiros - S.Miguel Nature spotter - Mosteiros, S. Miguel Mosteiros - S. Miguel
Lagoa do Fogo - S. Miguel Paragliding at Lagoa do Fogo - S.Miguel Paragliding at Lagoa do Fogo - S.Miguel Paragliding at Lagoa do Fogo - S.Miguel Paragliding at Lagoa do Fogo - S.Miguel
Paragliding at Lagoa do Fogo - S.Miguel _MG_8597.jpg Road to Caldeiras da Ribeira Grande - Ribeira Grande, S.Miguel Caldeiras da Ribeira Grande (Hydroelectric plant area) - Ribeira Grande, S.Miguel Caldeiras da Ribeira Grande (Hydroelectric plant area) - Ribeira Grande, S.Miguel
Vila Franca do Campo, S.Miguel Vila Franca do Campo, S.Miguel Vila Franca do Campo, S.Miguel Lagoa de Santiago - S.Miguel, Açores Sete Cidades - S.Miguel, Açores
Lagoa Comprida - Flores, Açores Caldeira do Faial - Faial, Açores Lagoa das Furnas - S.Miguel, Açores Caldeira da Lomba - Flores, Açores
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