Blue hour in the Mountains – Fuerteventura

On my recent visit to Fuerteventura, I decided one morning to get up very early and drive into the mountains to wait for dawn.   I didn’t have any particular destination in mind but given the island’s landscape, I knew if I took a mountain route, I was bound to find a photograph or two.

The following pictures were taken during the blue hour, the hour between first light and the actual rising of the sun when the light is very much at the blue end of the spectrum.  Next time I’ll post a few more pictures from the mountains taken as the sun started to rise and the light and colours changed significantly..

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44 responses

  1. Beautiful, subtle blue notes. I’ve only experienced the island from the perspective of the Corralejo dunes, so it’s very refreshing to see this side to Fuerteventura.

    March 24, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    • Thank you very much Mike. The dunes are magnificent but there is so much more to the island! :-)

      March 24, 2016 at 7:14 pm

      • I hope to see it one of these days!

        March 24, 2016 at 7:39 pm

      • I hope you do Mike! :-)

        March 25, 2016 at 6:09 pm

  2. lovely

    March 24, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    • Thank you very much Simon! :-)

      March 24, 2016 at 7:14 pm

  3. Just wonderful!

    March 24, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    • Thank you! :-)

      March 24, 2016 at 7:13 pm

  4. They’re very serene Adrian :-) Yes, Simon and I love just driving up and around the mountains on Kos admiring the different views. It’s easy to lose yourself following the little dirt tracks and we love the peace and quiet of it :-) These images really reminded me of doing that.

    March 24, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    • Thank you Sarah. I think this is the beauty of traveling independently, hiring a car and just exploring. It can be so rewarding!

      March 24, 2016 at 7:13 pm

      • You’re so right! It’s why we don’t do package deals. I like to really explore the part of the world we’re in :-) That’s the whole point of travelling for me!

        March 24, 2016 at 7:19 pm

      • Absolutely! :-)

        March 25, 2016 at 6:08 pm

  5. Great pictures . It’s such a beautiful Island, I love how it changes throughout the day with the light, Have you had a chance to visit the sand dunes on a full moon? Now, that is strange, it’s like being on another planet.

    March 24, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    • Thank you, I haven’t. I can imagine that would be quite spectacular!

      March 24, 2016 at 7:11 pm

  6. These images are proof, if any was required, that the term ‘blue hour’ exists. Worth the early trip although it looks as it didn’t end in a spectacular sunrise.

    March 24, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    • Thanks Andy! You’re right, the sunrise wasn’t as spectacular as I’d hoped but as the sun came up, it was interesting to see how the light changed the colours in the landscape. I’ll be posting further.

      March 24, 2016 at 7:11 pm

  7. Beautiful images, Adrian. Love the subtle shades of blue.

    March 24, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    • Thank you Sylvia! The dawn skies were beautiful! :-)

      March 25, 2016 at 6:09 pm

  8. Gorgeous pictures of the mountains in the blue hour

    March 24, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    • Thank you so much Lou! :-)

      March 25, 2016 at 6:09 pm

  9. Sue

    Oh, love it…I’m quite partial to blue hour light myself!

    March 24, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    • Thank you very much Sue! It’s a very special time of the day! :-)

      March 25, 2016 at 6:10 pm

      • Sue

        Certainly is. Have a great Easter, Adrian

        March 25, 2016 at 7:10 pm

      • And you Sue! :-)

        March 27, 2016 at 9:23 am

  10. It looks like an otherworldly landscape… Mars?!

    March 24, 2016 at 10:34 pm

    • Ahh those extinct volcanoes really do create a fascinating landscape Marina! :-)

      March 25, 2016 at 6:11 pm

  11. lindywhitton

    I love the light in these skyscapes. My artist eye coverts them!

    March 25, 2016 at 9:38 am

    • Thank you Lindy! The skies were very beautiful that morning. :-)

      March 25, 2016 at 6:11 pm

  12. Black Lightness

    This blue color gives this photos something special…

    March 25, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    • Thank you very much! :-)

      March 25, 2016 at 6:11 pm

  13. Great photos as always.

    March 25, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    • Thank you Bumba!

      March 27, 2016 at 9:23 am

  14. calm and nice :)

    March 27, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    • It was exactly that Joshi! Thank you! :-)

      March 27, 2016 at 4:06 pm

  15. Serene and ethereal Adrian. Love that you knew there’d be a photo out there somewhere LOL.

    March 27, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    • Thank you very much Tina! There’s always a photo! :-)

      March 28, 2016 at 9:43 am

  16. Thanks, Chilli. I don’t get to see too many sunrises! ;)

    March 28, 2016 at 5:16 am

    • A pleasure Gunta, thank you. :-)

      March 28, 2016 at 9:44 am

  17. Amazing blues!

    March 28, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    • It was a beautiful dawn Elena. I love the way the camera captures the blue light in the hour before first light. :-)

      March 28, 2016 at 2:00 pm

  18. Difficult to pick a favorite. Love the texture / shapes of the sky in the first one. The next to last one is intriguing as the mts. almost seem to levitate in the morning’s misty blue

    March 28, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    • I’m glad you enjoyed these pictures Karen! Thank you! :-)

      March 28, 2016 at 1:59 pm

  19. The blue hour is fascinating but difficult to capture. You did a great job !

    March 30, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    • Thank you very much Gin. Yes it can be quite tricky. A tripod is usually essential I feel but on this occasion, I was shooting with my Sony A7R. I really didn’t want to raise the ISO because of noise so I had to open the aperture, to the detriment of depth of field, and slow the shutter as far as I dared. I’m quite pleased with the results however. The Sony does perform very well in low light.

      March 31, 2016 at 5:39 pm