On My Travels in Search of a Photograph..

Setting off at midnight from home to Heathrow, a flight to Lisbon and then flight from Lisbon, having been about to take off and then having our take off aborted due to a technical fault and then changing planes, I found myself, 26 hours after I set off, in São Miguel, the largest island in the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores.

Known locally as the ‘Green Island’ I can fully understand why.  Here, stuck out in the Atlantic, the islands get an awful lot of rain and weather but the result is a humid volcanic island cloaked in dense forest and verdant pasture.  It’s simply beautiful.

On my first trip around the island I’ve seen manicured tea plantations (a subject I will return to) and turquoise volcano caldera lakes shrouded in mist.  I cannot wait to explore more.  Here’s just a taste of what’s to come..

Soa Miguel, Azores, Adrian Theze55mm f/11 1/400 sec. ISO-100

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67 responses

  1. Pictures almost look like a movie set. Looks like a nice spot to spend some time

    April 24, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    • Thank you so much yes, it’s definitely a nice place to spend some time. I’m looking forward to exploring!

      April 25, 2016 at 3:59 pm

  2. Wow.

    April 24, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    • My thoughts exactly Bumba, it’s beautiful here!

      April 25, 2016 at 3:59 pm

  3. Sorry to read that you had such a bad take off on your holidays, Adrian. But wow, what a reward! :-) We had no idea how beautiful the Azores really is, this landscape is awesome. Now we’re looking forward to what’s to come. Tea plantations? Now you got us curious and we looked it up. The Gorreana’s description is mouthwatering and we surely expect a treat for the eye. :-)
    Greetings from Bonn (snowing right now) and Cley,
    Dina & co

    April 24, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    • Thank you Hanne! Yes it was a bit of a bumpy start and a long journey from home but yes, I’ve been definitely rewarded. The tea plantation surprised me too but it’s very warm here, humid, it rains a lot and I guess a very similar climate to one finds in places like northern India where so much tea is grown. I’m looking forward to photographing the tea growing and to trying a cup or two. I’ll bring some when I visit! :-)

      April 25, 2016 at 4:05 pm

      • Great, we’re VERY much looking forward your visit, Adrian! :-) Enjoy, have fun. :-)

        April 26, 2016 at 8:14 pm

      • Thank you Hanne, me too. It is so beautiful here in the Azores. I’m enjoying it intensely. :-)

        April 28, 2016 at 8:09 am

      • Sounds perfect. Weiter so! 😊

        April 28, 2016 at 4:39 pm

      • :-)

        April 28, 2016 at 8:06 pm

  4. Goodness Adrian, you do get around! This must be very different to Iceland. Enjoy the scenery, and then we will enjoy your results.

    April 24, 2016 at 11:04 pm

    • Hello Jude, thank you, yes, it’s been quite a year of travel so far. I’ve been very lucky. It’s interesting that I find myself on yet another volcanic island, a much older one than Iceland where volcanic activity is much more evident. I believe the last eruption here was in the sixteenth century. One can see how Iceland will look in years to come when more soil is formed and trees and vegetation really take a hold.

      April 25, 2016 at 4:10 pm

      • I think you really need to get over to New Zealand…

        April 25, 2016 at 5:16 pm

      • I would truly love to Jude. Perhaps one day.. :-)

        April 26, 2016 at 8:51 am

  5. Great stuff. Looks like you can’t help but enjoy yourself!

    April 24, 2016 at 11:10 pm

    • It’s been a good year for travel Gunta! Yes I’m making the most of my time! :-)

      April 25, 2016 at 4:10 pm

  6. Verdant! Very cool! I look forward to seeing more, and I’m glad it was so beautiful after all that delay – yuck!!

    April 25, 2016 at 12:51 am

    • Thank you Lynn! The delay was unfortunate but I’ve been very much rewarded. It’s incredibly beautiful here and I’m looking forward to really exploring the island!

      April 25, 2016 at 4:12 pm

  7. Wow, amazing scenery. Are these taken with the drone?

    April 25, 2016 at 5:47 am

    • Hello Marina, thank you, the scenery really is amazing and a really treat for the eye and the lens. These weren’t taken with the drone, just from the side of the volcano, the crater of which I’ve photographed and posted here. There are three volcanos on Sao Miguel, each with crater lakes and incredibly beautiful. I’m looking forward to taking a look at the other two! :-)

      April 25, 2016 at 4:15 pm

  8. Sue

    Ooh, I can feel some interesting images are on the way, Adrian!

    April 25, 2016 at 7:06 am

    • I hope so Sue! This is an incredibly beautiful, lush and verdant place. The wild azalias, agapanthus, hydrangeas to name but a few line the roadside and climb the mountainsides and I can imagine in the right season, the island is a riot of colour. It’s not putting on too bad a show now! :-)

      April 25, 2016 at 4:18 pm

      • Sue

        Marvellous!

        April 25, 2016 at 9:09 pm

      • :-)

        April 26, 2016 at 8:51 am

  9. wooooooow it looks magical and hope to see more.

    April 25, 2016 at 9:59 am

    • Thank you Lou! I will do my best to post lots of photos! :-)

      April 25, 2016 at 4:19 pm

  10. Beautiful shots.

    April 25, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    • Thank you very much :-)

      April 26, 2016 at 8:51 am

  11. Beautiful pictures of my home islands (I’m from Flores).

    April 26, 2016 at 3:02 am

    • Thank you very much Luis! You love in a very beautiful part of the world. I’m really looking forward to my two weeks here. :-)

      April 26, 2016 at 8:52 am

  12. Enticing scenes, Adrian. I’m looking forward to the next installment.

    April 26, 2016 at 7:07 am

    • Thank you Andy! I’m looking forward to exploring the island. It really is incredibly beautiful.

      April 26, 2016 at 8:53 am

  13. Great photos, especial I lieko first photo…this lake and mountains suraund with clouds…it gives them something special…

    April 26, 2016 at 9:14 am

    • It is interesting to be up in the clouds. Thank you for your comment. I’m glad you liked the pictures! :-)

      April 28, 2016 at 7:59 am

  14. Big smiles from me to you – great images :)

    April 26, 2016 at 11:09 am

    • And returned Sóla, thank you very much! :-)

      April 28, 2016 at 7:59 am

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  16. Great shots Adrian……a bit different to Iceland then?

    April 26, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    • Thank you Mark! It is a bit different for sure. It’s really warm for one thing but the landscape is very similar being another volcanic island just that bit older so nature has had a chance to turn barren rock to a green, intensely lush oasis in the middle of the Atlantic! :-)

      April 28, 2016 at 8:02 am

  17. Seems like your life is one long travelogue these days, Adrian. This looks like another wonderful destination. Fantastic photos as always. Enjoy! :)

    April 26, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    • Thank you Sylvia. I’ve been very lucky of late and I’m making the most of travel opportunities while I can still do so relatively easily. A couple of fairly major health scares made me realise you’ve got to make the most of everyday. It’s great to be here in the Azores, three volcanic islands in almost as many months it seems. All very different but all with their own unique beauty.

      April 28, 2016 at 8:06 am

  18. Gorgeous as always, Adrian. The Azores is a place I have long wanted to travel to, so I look forward to seeing more of you images. :-)

    April 27, 2016 at 1:09 am

    • Thank you Otto! I’m staying on São Miguel, the capital of the Azores region. It’s an incredibly beautiful island and I’m enjoying it very much. I hope you get the opportunity to travel here one day. I have no doubt you too would enjoy it enormously too. :-)

      April 28, 2016 at 8:13 am

  19. how you can take picture tihis beautiful one? I want to study became a good photographer.. really so proud of you!

    May 11, 2016 at 3:06 am

    • Thank you very much Amelia. There are lots of resources online to help you become a better photographer. Just take lots of pictures and look at other people’s photographs, read articles and you’ll be taking pictures you’re proud of in no time! :-)

      May 12, 2016 at 5:43 am

  20. Ah…marvelous!

    May 13, 2016 at 9:50 pm

    • Thank you again Elena! Much appreciated! :-)

      May 25, 2016 at 5:34 pm

  21. Amazing!!

    July 17, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    • Thank you! :-)

      July 17, 2016 at 5:02 pm

  22. Loved it

    July 22, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    • Thank you very much! :-)

      July 22, 2016 at 2:56 pm

  23. Beautiful shot <3 I really want to see it with my own eyes.

    July 23, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    • Thank you very much! I hope you will one day! :-)

      July 23, 2016 at 5:02 pm

  24. Ryan Brockhoff

    This is amazing! I have heard many great things about this place, but I had totally forgotten about it. Adding this place to my short list ;) Thanks for the post!

    August 12, 2016 at 4:11 am

    • Thank you for your comment Ryan. The Azores are very beautiful and well worth a visit!

      August 12, 2016 at 6:29 am

  25. The Azores is has been on my list ever since I saw that No Reservations episode. It’s great to know that it comes with a seal of approval from fellow travelers. Love the first photo!

    August 30, 2016 at 12:59 am

    • I hope you get to see the Azores one day Michelle. I have no doubt you will love it there! Thanks for your comment! :-)

      August 30, 2016 at 6:34 am

  26. paigechanel

    Beautiful shots, i’d love to see more! Thank you for sharing :)

    September 3, 2016 at 5:51 am

    • It’s a real pleasure Paige. Thank you for your visit and your comment! :-)

      September 3, 2016 at 7:52 am

  27. Great photos! May I know what camera are you using? I’m new to blogging and wanted to learn how to take good shots.. :)

    September 18, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    • Thank you Maria! I use a Nikon D800e and a Sony A7R however, taking good photographs is not about the camera you use. You can take a great photograph with a phone although obviously, the quality of prints you might produce from such an image will not be so good. The best way to learn to take great photos is to take lots of them and to enjoy what you’re doing. Look at other people’s work that you admire and practice, practice, practice. Good luck with your photography and your blog! :-)

      September 19, 2016 at 7:06 am

      • Thank you for the advice.. 😊

        September 19, 2016 at 7:20 am

      • You’re very welcome! :-)

        September 19, 2016 at 8:56 am

  28. Bohemian Trails

    I love the first photo! It looks magical. Where to next?

    October 12, 2016 at 12:31 am

    • Thank you for your comment Megan! I’m just back from Fuerteventura and pondering my next trip.. :-)

      November 7, 2016 at 8:48 am