The Stuff of Life..

I know that conventional wisdom suggests that we should shun the sun.  It’s bad for us, it can give us skin cancer.  However, the sun gives us life.  Life on earth would not exist but for the sun.  The Incas and other civilisations worshiped the sun and with good reason.  They recognised that the sun was life.

Where am I going with all of this?  Well to put it frankly, the sun makes one feel good and I for one will not cover up and cower in the shadows.  I can’t take heat, heat is not good for my MS however, here in the Canary Islands, in early March with a constant cooling breeze, I can enjoy the sun and enjoying is what I’ve been doing.  This mega dose of ‘feel good’ is just what I needed.  I can recommend it to anyone.  Having seriously depleted vitamin D levels after a dire winter in the UK,  I can safely say, I’m now nicely topped up.

This picture was taken at dawn this morning from the small fishing village of El Cotillo, looking south along the coast to the mountains, the extinct volcanoes that form the back bone of these islands.

El Cotillo, Fuerteventura by Adrian Theze70mm f/4 1/160 ISO 100

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47 responses

  1. Such soft, lovely morning light, Adrian. Beautiful.

    March 12, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    • Thank you Jane. The light is very different to I’m used to, the sun being so much stronger but it’s great to work with! :-)

      March 14, 2016 at 7:40 am

  2. Beautiful image, Adrian. So glad you’re feeling revitalised. :)

    March 12, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    • Thank you Sylvia, I am, very much so! :-)

      March 14, 2016 at 7:40 am

  3. Beautiful colors – I’m glad you’re enjoying the sun. L.A. was like that a few weeks ago, too – lots of sun but not hot. One thing someone reminded me about March though, is that we do have much more light than in the months just past, and even up here in Seattle, I’m enjoying that so much these days.

    March 12, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    • Thank you Lynn. When you notice that days are getting longer, it’s such a lovely feeling isn’t it? You know that spring is just around the corner. :-)

      March 14, 2016 at 7:42 am

  4. Oh sweet sun, how I miss thee. How wonderful that you get to enjoy so much of it, without blistering. Why may I ask, are you blogging on your vacation?!? Do you miss us sooo much, because I’m sure we’d love to come visit where you are!!

    March 12, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    • Thank you! I always like to find time to do a bit of blogging, even on my vacation. :-D I have no doubt you would love your visit were you to come to the Canary Islands. :-)

      March 14, 2016 at 7:44 am

  5. This photo is just giving me such a good feeling.

    March 12, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    • I’m really happy to hear that! Thank you Lou! :-)

      March 14, 2016 at 7:45 am

  6. leecleland

    Enjoy your sunny break and go back refreshed in body, mind and spirit, Adrian. Hopefully this summer coming will be a good one for the British Isles and you see more sunshine from Cornwell. A serene and peaceful image.

    March 12, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    • Thank you Lee. It would be lovely to think we might actually get a summer this year in the UK. It has been so poor the last four or five years. This trip has really brought it home how we miss the sun when the summers are so grey and wet.

      March 14, 2016 at 7:46 am

      • leecleland

        One of the reasons I could never live in the UK.

        March 14, 2016 at 8:39 am

      • It’s not easy Lee that’s for sure. I’ve hankered after the sunshine of Australia for most of my life! :-)

        March 19, 2016 at 5:27 pm

      • leecleland

        Come on over during our winter, most English think our winters are superb, the summer in the north can get very hot and humid. You’d love our coastline :)

        March 21, 2016 at 5:00 am

      • I really think I would Lee! Definitely on my list of must see places! :-)

        March 21, 2016 at 8:04 pm

  7. lindywhitton

    Absolutely stunning shot! I just love the bands of pink and purple – makes for a very harmonious composition. And I do love the sun and not the heat so Canary islands in March sounds a good travel destination.

    March 12, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    • Thank you Lindy! I think you would love it this time of year. I know the Canary Islands would be too hot for me in summer but just now, it’s just about perfect! :-)

      March 14, 2016 at 7:47 am

  8. Good for you, Adrian….soak it up! Beautiful image, too…..

    March 12, 2016 at 10:30 pm

    • Thank you so much Scott! :-)

      March 14, 2016 at 7:48 am

      • You are most welcome, Adrian. :)

        March 19, 2016 at 3:13 pm

      • :-)

        March 19, 2016 at 5:24 pm

  9. A little different to the midnight sun in Iceland? ;) I think I left NY for LA because of the sun. Seriously :) Good for the soul, Adrian. Glad you’re thriving in it xx

    March 12, 2016 at 11:37 pm

    • Thank you Marina! I really am. I remember you saying the move to LA had a lot to do with the weather! The sunshine really does make you feel good, no doubt about it! :-)

      March 14, 2016 at 7:49 am


    What beautiful colors captured !

    March 13, 2016 at 12:01 am

    • Thank you very much! :-)

      March 14, 2016 at 7:49 am

  11. It’s good for us to get sun! Just not too much. Our ozone layer is so thin that now we can burn so easily from the bad rays. Lovely image. I really like the color.

    March 13, 2016 at 4:53 am

    • Thank you Laura, you’re right to council caution of course. It’s very easy to get too much sun. One has to take care! :-)

      March 19, 2016 at 5:30 pm

  12. There is such depth in this photo and lovely violet shades. Getting your vitamin D the natural way is always preferred:-)

    March 13, 2016 at 11:29 am

    • Thank you Carol. I’m drinking it up! :-)

      March 19, 2016 at 5:30 pm

  13. The extinct volcanoes look magnificent in the early morning light, Adrian. Good to hear your vitamin D levels are restored, winter in the UK has been dreary. I’m pleased to say the weather has improved in recent weeks here in the Lakes.

    March 13, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    • Thank you very much Simon! After the winter we’ve had in the UK, it can only get better.. can’t it? :-)

      March 19, 2016 at 5:29 pm

  14. piękno w tonacji niebiesko-fioletowej …

    March 13, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    • Dziękuję Ci bardzo. To było bardzo piękne! :-)

      March 19, 2016 at 5:28 pm

  15. Great to hear that you enjoyed your stay!

    March 13, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    • Thank you Ann Christine! :-)

      March 19, 2016 at 5:27 pm

  16. I agree with you on the points you made about the sun, we are designed to need it, so where would we be without it. I love the colours in your photo, (not that I ever don’t), dawn is the best time of day in my books, with everything so calm and peaceful, and the young day itself still waking up, so much to see, and so little time to do it in before it all gets overtaken by the daily hussle and bussle. But that brief moment, when you get to enjoy it, is enough to put a smile on your face and carry you through the rest of the day.

    March 14, 2016 at 8:52 am

    • It certainly is Sonja, I love the dawn myself for those very reasons. Thanks for your lovely comment! :-)

      March 19, 2016 at 5:26 pm

  17. Nothing like sun for internal health and well-being—as well as for photos. I love the colours the sunset has created in this photos, without the sun visible. Enjoy the perfect warmth in the Canary Islands!

    March 14, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    • Thank you very much Otto! :-)

      March 19, 2016 at 5:25 pm

  18. Beautiful shot!

    March 16, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    • Thank you very much! :-)

      March 19, 2016 at 5:25 pm

  19. Black Lightness

    Soft and great photo…this photo is give me nice feeling for better tomorow…

    March 16, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    • That’s nice to hear, thank you!

      March 19, 2016 at 5:24 pm

  20. Yes, I’ll take in my vit D here as well:)

    March 28, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    • Aww, there’s nothing like it Elena! :-)

      March 28, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    • If you don’t mind, Elena, I’ll join in and sit down next to you. 😌

      April 26, 2016 at 9:39 pm