I’m back..

And as you can imagine, missing Fuerteventura very much.  I’ve attached a few pictures.  This was my home for the last three and a half weeks, the squat white apartment bulding up in the dunes on the far left.  There were 4 apartments in this building, all with terraces and fine views. Leaving Fuerteventura Airport with the temperatures hitting 27°C, arriving at Bristol Airport to temperatures of -3°, the shock to the system was considerable.

Staying on the Playa de Sotovento de Jandia at Risco el Passo, has been a real pleasure.  This beach stretches for miles and miles and has to be one of the top beaches in the world.  It is relatively sheltered here from the strong winds that tend to blow in the Canary Islands, however a very refreshing breeze is the norm keeping the temperatures for me off-season, quite bearable.

But, I’m back now and lots to get on with not least catching up with all of you which I’ll be doing in the coming days.  Thank you for your patience.  I didn’t think I could manage a day without the Internet let alone 3 weeks and more but it’s been a very refreshing change and one I can recommend every now and then.  That said, coming home to nearly 1000 emails in my inbox means there’s a fair amount of catching up to do.

I didn’t do a whole lot of photography, I was needing a bit of a break for reasons I’m hopefully going to be sharing with you all very soon.  However, when we had a couple of stormy days, I couldn’t resist getting up into the mountains with my camera! Those pictures will follow.. :-)

Sotovento BeachPlaya de Sotovento de Jandia, Fuerteventura

Sotovento BeachPlaya de Sotovento de Jandia, Fuerteventura looking South

driftwoodDriftwoodriddle-of-the-sandsRiddle of the Sands

sunrise-from-casa-de-redondaSunrise from Casa de Redonda (The Round House)

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66 responses

  1. Stunning images, as always, Adrian. Such glorious clouds in that last image.

    November 7, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    • Thank you very much Lynne! Much appreciated! :-)

      November 7, 2016 at 5:26 pm

  2. Black Lightness

    Welcome back, I like your photos of beach. Especial this interesting images what was makes sea and wind in sand.

    November 7, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    • Thank you very much! The interesting shapes the water and the wind make in the sand are always interesting and a good subject for a photograph. :-)

      November 7, 2016 at 5:31 pm

      • Black Lightness

        yes, I agree…

        November 10, 2016 at 9:19 pm

      • :-)

        November 11, 2016 at 6:49 am

  3. It really does look like a fabulous spot for some relaxation ChillB , and a perfect place to visit in October by the looks of it ! Good to see you back x :-)

    November 7, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    • It really was Poppy, thank you. I feel so much better for the holiday and the vitamin D top up! It’s nice to be back though of course I miss the beach and the apartment very much! :-)

      November 7, 2016 at 5:55 pm

  4. Very fine set!

    November 7, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    • Thank you very much Harrie! :-)

      November 7, 2016 at 5:55 pm

  5. Gorgeous photos. I love them all but the final one with the clouds is spectacular. :-)

    November 7, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    • Thank you very much. that was a particularly nice sunrise when I took the final picture! :-)

      November 8, 2016 at 9:05 am

  6. great fotos! such cool landscape!

    November 7, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    • Thank you very much Audrey, the landscape in Fuerteventura is very beautiful! :-)

      November 8, 2016 at 9:06 am

  7. Sue

    Great to have you back, Adrian! Hope the Vitamin D has benefited you…

    November 7, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    • Thank you Sue! The vitamin D levels are well topped up and the sunshine has done me the world of good. Up at dawn for sunrise this morning, I was rather missing the Fuerteventura climate! :-)

      November 8, 2016 at 9:07 am

      • Sue

        I’m sure you are missing the warm climate!

        November 8, 2016 at 4:31 pm

      • I really was this morning Sue on the Malvern Hills, capturing the sunrise in the mist and frost. How much easier it is to live in a warmer climate. I do love winter though as my love of Iceland demonstrates. Being able to travel right now and enjoy the best of all these places makes me feel very lucky. I’m making the most of it! :-)

        November 8, 2016 at 5:51 pm

      • Sue

        Excellent, long may it continue!

        November 8, 2016 at 8:56 pm

      • Thank you Sue! :-)

        November 8, 2016 at 9:05 pm

  8. Welcome back Adrian….:0)

    November 7, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    • Thank you Mark. It’s good to be home but having been out this morning for the sunrise in the freezing cold, I was rather missing the Fuerteventura climate! :-)

      November 8, 2016 at 9:04 am

      • I know how you feel…..it’s almost worth considering emigrating 😊

        November 8, 2016 at 2:23 pm

      • Oh it really is Mark.. If only. I’ve my eye on a villa should my Lotto numbers come up! :-D

        November 8, 2016 at 5:44 pm

  9. Great shots. It looks like a beautiful place to “chill”. I hope you’re refreshed.

    November 7, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    • Thank you Mr Dragon. It is indeed a great place to ‘chill’ and I am feeling very refreshed! :-)

      November 8, 2016 at 9:08 am

  10. I am glad you had a lovely stay and feel refreshed – photos as always fascinating.

    November 7, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    • Thank you Anne Christine. I’ve had a fabulous holiday, batteries fully charged, vitamin D levels well topped up, I’m ready to tackle my winter projects. :-)

      November 8, 2016 at 9:09 am

  11. Striking series of beach studies. Lovely.

    November 7, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    • Thank you very much Paula. The beaches are so beautiful and a wonderful place to spend some time taking photographs! :-)

      November 8, 2016 at 9:10 am

  12. I do like the sand patterns . . . specifically because they hint at no human encroachment.

    November 7, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    • Thank you Emilio. It was fabulous to be the first on the beach as the sun rose. No other people in sight, it felt very special. Not dissimilar to being out in the Icelandic wilderness only considerable warmer! :-)

      November 8, 2016 at 9:12 am

  13. Welcome again.Exciting photos of the beach,the sea and sand.

    November 7, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    • Thank you Lou! It’s good to be back though I am missing the Fuerteventura climate! :-)

      November 8, 2016 at 9:12 am

  14. I hope you had a good stay in Fuerteventura. The photos are magnificent.

    November 7, 2016 at 10:27 pm

    • I did indeed Isabel! Thank you very much! :-)

      November 8, 2016 at 9:13 am

  15. sonja21

    Hi and thanks for the lovely beach pictures! Just think, while I sit here in the rain on Vancouver Island, BC Canada, that chunk of driftwood is still lying there in the sun…Well, maybe not but you know what I mean. This is Canary Islands?

    November 7, 2016 at 10:36 pm

    • Thank you Sonja. Fuerteventura is indeed one of the Canary Islands and I do know exactly what you mean. Being back in a very cold UK at the moment, I too have thought about those sun bathed beaches, a lot. I’m very much looking forward to going back. Escaping winter always feels good though I love it just the same. :-)

      November 8, 2016 at 9:16 am

  16. looks, wonderful……glad to have you back

    November 7, 2016 at 10:48 pm

    • Thank you Julz! Fuerteventura really is a wonderful place to visit! :-)

      November 8, 2016 at 9:17 am

  17. hmunro

    The images you did capture are breathtaking, Adrian! I look forward to hearing whatever more you care to share about your trip. But in the meantime, good luck slogging through those 1,000 emails, poor guy!

    November 7, 2016 at 11:26 pm

    • Thank you very much! The inbox was a bit of a shock but I’m getting there. I’m down to a couple of hundred now! :-)

      November 8, 2016 at 9:18 am

  18. The wind and water patterns in sand are so beautiful, and different every time. Those are wonderful beaches, not a soul in sight! And what a magnificent sunrise!

    November 8, 2016 at 4:23 am

    • Thank you Anna. As you say, the patterns in the sand are always different and constantly changing. In this very crowded world, it felt very special to be on this wonderful beach at dawn, totally on my own. Very special indeed. I felt very privileged. :-)

      November 8, 2016 at 9:20 am

  19. Beautiful photos from my home islands!! :) They are so nice to watch now that winter has arrived to Ireland :)

    November 8, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    • Thank you Mercedes. It has been such a pleasure to visit your home islands for a second time and I will be back in February. We had a couple of wet stormy days with very heavy rain and it was lovely to see all the heathers and other plants I couldn’t name suddenly turning green. It was like springtime in the UK. Tiny green plants sprouting through the sand. It was wonderful. I am very envious that you live in such a beautiful part of the world with such a superb climate though I’m sure the heat of high summer could be quite difficult. I expect you spend on air conditioning in the summer what we spend on heating in the winter here. :-)

      November 8, 2016 at 5:49 pm

      • I was born in Las Palmas but I currently live in Dublin! So I am the one a bit envious about your trip, hehehe!! I love to see my country through your photos!
        Summer in the Canary Islands is not as hot as in Spain. The temperature doesn’t rise as much as in the peninsula, it’s very mild but it can be a bit cloudy! It can be as hot as in Dublin but not the same humidity, so it’s nicer. This is why they are called the Fortunate Isles :)! I hope I can go there soon!!

        November 8, 2016 at 6:29 pm

      • I hope you can visit your homeland again very soon Mercedes. Dublin however is a wonderful city! :-)

        November 8, 2016 at 6:44 pm

  20. It’s so good to have you back, Adrian. Fuerte looks like the right place to charge ones batteries at this time of the year. You seem so attached to this place, you’d better revisit before the winter here is gone. -) Absolutely wonderful photos as always.
    Icecold hugs from Norway (-9°),
    Dina x :-)

    November 8, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    • Thank you once again Hanne. Fuerteventura really was a great tonic and I plan to visit again in February. -9° is very cold though of course, I got used to temperatures like these in Iceland and I loved it. We do seem to adjust somehow and having the right clothing helps of course. Enjoy Norway. Catch up soon.. :-) x

      November 9, 2016 at 8:35 am

      • Oh, This sounds great, Adrian. A very wise decision. :-) -9° is not cold at the moment. It’s a wonderful dry air and this morning we have lots of sunny spells, no wind, so I’m off to enjoy the last hours outside now. x :-)

        November 9, 2016 at 9:15 am

      • I hope you had a thoroughly enjoyable day Dina. It is so true that 5 or 6 degrees in a rather damp UK can feel so much colder than -9 when the air is dry and crisp! Speak soon! The clock is ticking but seems to be going so slowly.. :-) x

        November 9, 2016 at 5:28 pm

      • I know. But we are getting there … 👍🏻😊

        November 9, 2016 at 6:16 pm

      • :-) X

        November 10, 2016 at 12:07 pm

  21. Good to hear you enjoyed a well-deserved break from the crazy world in which we live these days, Adrian. Speaking as a person who can’t sit on a beach for more than thirty minutes without getting bored, I can see the beauty in this gallery of images that you found. A gentle stroll with a clear mind ensures the eye is alert. I have just been doing some catching up too and was reading a fascinating post by Otto von Munchow earlier in which he writes about ‘Horror Vacuii’ – the problems associated with the end of a hectic period and then wanting to relax but struggling to decide what to do with some ‘down time’. I’m sure you know of Otto – this post is worth a read.

    November 10, 2016 at 8:14 am

    • Thank you Andy! I do indeed know Otto and am hoping to meet him in the new year. I saw this post from Otto though I haven’t read it yet. His articles are always a good read. I’ve a mountain of catching up to do but I’ve made a start. A complete break was just what I needed and it’s what I got. I hadn’t bargained on the absence of the Internet but this proved a blessing in disguise. I felt the most relaxed I have in a very long time. :-)

      November 10, 2016 at 12:15 pm

      • Every day I make the promise I will catch up on the Web, and every day I never quite make it. Sometimes I feel like the proverbial hamster on its wheel!

        November 10, 2016 at 4:56 pm

      • It can definitely feel like that Andy! A great way to describe it! :-)

        November 11, 2016 at 6:49 am

  22. I hope you have been able to catch up with all the work waiting for you when you got home. As Andy indicates, it’s not really possible to catch up on the Web, there is just too much too do. But I am glad you had a great time in Fuenteventura and got to relax for a couple of weeks. And shoot, I am sure, as the photos here indicate as well.

    November 12, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    • Thank you Otto. I’m gradually catching up. It does take a while and you get to the point where you think, can’t do it all but I like to try and backtrack as much as I can with blog posts I’ve missed from people like yourself. I have horror vacuii to look forward to. I’ve a few photos to go through from Fuerteventura Otto. I’m looking forward to taking a closer look at them. Always so difficult on a laptop to get a proper look and to think about processing. At least it is for me. I hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend and have a great week ahead! :-)

      November 13, 2016 at 4:20 pm

      • Thank you, yes, it’s always quite a mountain to climb after coming back with tons of photos, isn’t it. May you have a lovely week, too – and whatever is left of the weekend.

        November 13, 2016 at 4:40 pm

      • Thank you Otto!

        November 13, 2016 at 5:16 pm

  23. I’m late commenting here – but wanted to say that I love these images and that’s because your love for the place, for sea and sand, beam through. Oh, I suppose it doesn’t hurt that it’s a very pleasant fantasy, either, traveling to a spot like that and being untethered for a while….

    November 13, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    • It didn’t hurt at all Lynn, it was a wonderful break with reality. Thank you! :-)

      November 14, 2016 at 10:01 am

  24. Stunning shots you brought from your break. The landscapes are amazing. All of them are gorgeous!

    December 9, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    • Thank you very much Pablo. Much appreciated! :-)

      December 21, 2016 at 9:45 am