When the sun doesn’t shine..

On my recent visit to Fuerteventura, out of the 23 days we were there, we had two really quite stormy days and rather than spend my time, as so many visitors appeared to be doing, wandering around shopping malls looking thoroughly miserable, of course for me as a photographer, this was an opportunity.  I grabbed my camera and headed off into the mountains but not before catching one last photo of the sunshine on the beach before the clouds finally took over completely.

If you look closely, down in the bottom left, you can just see a tiny red flag on the beach indicating it was no longer safe to swim on what is normally a very safe beach indeed. Stormy weather indeed!

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Such a wonderful backdrop to this tiny village in the heartland of Fuerteventura.  This extinct volcano, its caldera so clearly defined

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What was wonderful to see after the rain, just a couple of days remember, was the scrub and even the sand come alive with green plants and fresh green shoots.  It was as if spring had arrived in the island though of course it was autumn.

Fuerteventura is a wonderful place to visit and I can recommend it to anyone.  For me, in the off season, this is the very best time to visit even though you can’t be guaranteed that every day will be clear blue skies, that’s perfect for me and my camera.

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64 responses

  1. Very nice! thanks for sharing your photos of Fuerteventura, they are gorgeous.

    November 18, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    • You’re very welcome and thank you. I’m very glad you enjoyed these photographs. I certainly enjoyed taking them. :-)

      November 18, 2016 at 5:31 pm

  2. Remarkable skies! I love how threatening and beautiful they are. Your photography is always breathtaking, Adrian!

    November 18, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    • Thank you very much Karen. From days of clear blue skies to these, it was quite a dramatic change! :-)

      November 19, 2016 at 1:43 pm

  3. Black Lightness

    Great landscapes, especial I like this photo with windmill. It is great to make photos after rain, becouse then plants become more beautifull then in other days. Rain gives plants vital force what just rain can give to plants.

    November 18, 2016 at 6:36 pm

    • Thank you so much! You’re absolutely right, after rain everything is so much fresher! :-)

      November 19, 2016 at 1:43 pm

  4. Lovely gallery, Adrian. I really like the atmosphere in the first of the inland image, with the clouds or mist spilling between the ridges. And what a fab windmill that is.

    November 18, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    • Thank you Andy! I sat and watched the cloud/mist spilling over the ridge for quite a while, ever changing it had me quite mesmerised. As for the windmill, very iconic. You find them scattered across the landscape. I suspect there are not nearly as many as there once were. Great subjects for a photograph or two! :-)

      November 19, 2016 at 1:46 pm

  5. Lovely images Adrian…….didn’t realise you were there for over 3 weeks…..nice one!

    November 18, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    • Thank you Mark! It was a nice long break that’s for sure. I always figure if you’re going all that way, might as well stay as long as you can. Living quite cheaply it was a nice chunk of time. :-)

      November 19, 2016 at 1:48 pm

  6. Sue

    Great images in the changing weather, Adrian!

    November 18, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    • Thank you very much Sue! :-)

      November 19, 2016 at 1:48 pm

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        November 19, 2016 at 2:08 pm

  7. Impressive photos, Adrian. The details of the clouds, the fog and the rain falling are stunning! Did you use any filter for these?

    November 18, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    • Thank you Mercedes. I used a graduated ND filter for a couple of these. Always a good way to bring out the clouds! :-)

      November 19, 2016 at 1:49 pm

  8. I love Fuerte. Great pictures, really atmospheric.

    November 18, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    • Me too Lana, thank you! :-)

      November 19, 2016 at 2:01 pm

  9. No sunshine but breathtaking pictures.

    November 18, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    • Thank you very much Lou! I didn’t mind the weather at all though I was enjoying the sunshine too of course! :-)

      November 19, 2016 at 2:02 pm

  10. Wonderful, wonderful, skyscapes , landscapes and a striking windmill. super stuff.

    November 18, 2016 at 9:50 pm

    • Thank you Paula! The skies were pretty dramatic giving me plenty to work with! :-)

      November 19, 2016 at 2:02 pm

  11. I would have been surprised if you did grab the chance to photograph when the sun was hidden behind dark clouds. Awesome photos, as always. In particular I like the last one of the wind mill. Just waiting for Don Quijote and and Sancho Panza…

    November 18, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    • Thank you Otto! The lack of sunshine for a couple of days was certainly not a problem for me! The windmills on the island are fabulous. It was nice to be able to photograph this one with such dramatic skies as a backdrop! :-)

      November 19, 2016 at 2:04 pm

  12. You may have noticed that I tend to love this sort of weather as well. You did some great shooting given the marvelous show in the sky!

    November 19, 2016 at 4:37 am

    • Thank you Gunta! Yes, we definitely have a love of this kind of weather in common in common! :-)

      November 19, 2016 at 2:05 pm

  13. Oh .. great captures ChillB … with stormy skies gathering up together like this it was indeed the very time to head out for some photography . I bet your hire car wheels kicked up a huge spray of dust and sand as you sped off in search of mountains and cloudscapes :) What a fabulous contrast to the turquoise waters and white silky sands of your ‘local’ beach you posted a few weeks back on arrival . The rainfall clearly is very much appreciated by the land and people alike , I’d forgotten to a certain extent FV’s close proximity to N Africa . Wouldn’t it be terrific if we could capture the Milky Way over that old windmill , the dark skies must be amazing ! Looking foward to trying … and with rocks galore … perfect :) x

    November 19, 2016 at 6:38 am

    • Thank you Poppy! The windmills would make a great backdrop for a Milky Way shot. I’m definitely going to have to take my tripod next time. As you know, I was traveling light on this trip. Don’t think it’s going to be like that next time. Must be about 11 weeks.. Yay! :-) x

      November 19, 2016 at 2:08 pm

      • Oh yes .. thinking about it you’ll have ahead start on us , so that’s 13 then … Yay :) x
        It’ll have to be the whole photography kit shebang no ifs or buts :)

        November 19, 2016 at 2:27 pm

      • Absolutely! :-)

        November 20, 2016 at 2:30 pm

  14. A bad weather report is one of our favourite topics and throughly enjoyed these impressions from Fuerteventura, Adrian. Gorgeous captures and going out with the camera is definetely the better alternative to shopping malls! :-)
    We are currently in The Rhine Valley, sending you both lots of love.
    Big hugs,
    Hanne and Klausbernd xx

    November 19, 2016 at 9:43 am

    • Thank you so much Hanne! It was a great opportunity to get away from the beach for a few hours and get into the mountains. It was a fabulous couple of days and yes, definitely better than hanging around a shopping mall or a bar watching English football matches on Sky Sports – perish the thought! :-D
      Love to you both and safe travels. :-) x

      November 19, 2016 at 2:11 pm

  15. What a fabulous sky! As a picture, I particularly like the fourth one; the little house (?) huddled in its garden of palm trees seeming to battle the odds of the harsh terrain around it and the threatening storm closing in. I can’t quite see but it looks derelict/ruined anyway which adds to the emotional pull. Great shot!

    November 19, 2016 at 10:57 am

    • Thank you Noeline. It was a ruin and as such caught my eye as drove past. It was one of those ‘must turn around’ moments! :-)

      November 19, 2016 at 2:09 pm

  16. Even in the first photo, with the sun still shining on the beach, that sky looks very threatening. The clouds are beautiful and in many ways are more interesting than clear blue skies. I’m glad you decided not to wait out the rain at the shopping mall!

    November 19, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    • Thank you very much! As a landscape photographer, for me it’s always been about light and drama so sunshine and showers are absolutely perfect conditions for me. Not so much sunshine when I took these but plenty of drama nonetheless! :-)

      November 20, 2016 at 2:31 pm

  17. Nil

    Again such lovely photos… I love this kind of weather with its drama ;-)
    Thanks for sharing…

    November 19, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    • Me too Nil! Thank you! :-)

      November 20, 2016 at 2:29 pm

  18. Pretty perfect for us too :-D

    November 19, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    • Thank you! :-)

      November 20, 2016 at 2:29 pm

  19. Love the drama of the skies Adrian – and agree wholeheartedly that off-season is the ONLY season anywhere that tourists flock!

    November 20, 2016 at 4:58 am

    • Thank you Tina! As a tourist myself I’m not too fond on tourists.. funny how we see ourselves as separate but I really do feel separate. Perhaps it’s because I see myself as working, which I guess I am, when I’m taking photographs here or in Iceland. :-D

      November 20, 2016 at 2:28 pm

  20. Wonderful photos with *excellent* processing. Well done, Adrian. :-)

    November 20, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    • Thank you very much indeed Frank! :-)

      November 20, 2016 at 2:27 pm

  21. so nice :)

    November 20, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    • Thank you Joshi!

      November 21, 2016 at 8:14 am

  22. Great set of images, Adrian! I love the colours and dramatic skies!

    November 20, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    • Thank you Camilla! It was quite a day! :-)

      November 21, 2016 at 8:19 am

  23. Nothing like dramatic skies, and you’re a master at bringing them home.

    November 25, 2016 at 4:01 am

    • Thank you Lynn! I do like getting out when the weather is a little more interesting lets say. :-)

      November 25, 2016 at 12:44 pm

  24. There’s something to be said about these heavy, cloudy days. They make beautiful images. And I love that windmill.

    November 26, 2016 at 1:58 am

    • Thank you Edith. I found quite a few of these windmills dotted around the island. Definitely iconic! :-)

      November 28, 2016 at 11:43 am

  25. Such a lovely place, Adrian. I really love that windmill. It has quite a comical look. :) What stunning skies you captured, too. Definitely much better than wandering around shopping malls.

    November 27, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    • Thank you Sylvia. From the looks on the faces of the people wandering around the shopping mall when we nipped in to get a sandwich to take with us, most would have wanted to be doing anything else but the cloudy skies made the beach less than attractive. Thankfully I always have my camera. :-)

      November 28, 2016 at 11:45 am

  26. Wonderful drama and details, Adrian. The clouds/fog crawling over the hills, the charming windmill. Terrific series.

    November 29, 2016 at 6:16 am

    • Thank you very much Jane! :-)

      November 30, 2016 at 12:39 pm

  27. Nice work Adrian. Looks like my kind of weather. :-)

    December 4, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    • Thank you Jim. My kind of weather too! :-)

      December 5, 2016 at 6:37 pm

  28. You’re a true landscape photographer and not a tourist. Great photography as usual.

    December 7, 2016 at 4:47 am

    • Thank you Mr Dragon. I have to say I never feel like a tourist, I’m always there for the photos! :-)

      December 11, 2016 at 7:21 pm

  29. Beautiful pictures!!!

    December 9, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    • Thank you very much! :-)

      December 11, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    • Thank you! :-)

      December 13, 2016 at 12:02 pm

  30. Nisha Sharma

    Wonderful work done! Kudos :)

    September 28, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    • Thank you Nisha!

      September 28, 2017 at 4:05 pm