I’ve been trying something new but..

I’m still a landscape photographer at heart and the Fuerteventurian landscape has so much to offer.  When clouds hang over the middle of the island and a few drops of rain are perhaps in the offing, not likely but maybe, of course I’m ready with my camera.  After a wonderful day on the beach, much needed recharging of the batteries before facing the British Winter, this was the scene as we crossed the island from east to west.

The second picture, taken just a few minutes later as we approached the west coast, is of this wonderful lone palm tree with lava field and mountain beyond.  I posted another version taken at dawn that wasn’t quite right.  This version was taken from the car as I was whisked by, by my companion, impatient to get home for that late afternoon, holiday gin and tonic.  I will definitely try, before I leave, to get the composition I want with the conditions I want but if I don’t, there’s always, hopefully, the next trip. :-)

59 responses

  1. The Fuerteventurian landscape looks so beautiful through your lens, Adrian. Both images are picture perfect postcards.
    Sending you and Chris warm greetings from the wet and grey Rhine Valley. :-) x

    September 30, 2017 at 8:59 pm

    • Thank you very much Hanne. We’re definitely not looking forward to getting back to a wet and grey UK. :-/ x

      October 1, 2017 at 6:24 am

  2. How beguiling, almost like being on the moon, no palms on moon though!

    September 30, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    • Thank you Paula. I believe that Star Wars movies have been filmed here given the otherworldly arid, desolate but very beautiful landscape! :-)

      October 1, 2017 at 6:25 am

  3. Nothing quite like a vast scene of beauty ~ although like most scenes of beauty, this one comes from desolation, and made so much better by the contrast and lighting Adrian.

    October 1, 2017 at 1:15 am

    • Thank you Randall. It was the light that caught my attention. It is a very desolate landscape, otherworldly but very beautiful. As I mentioned to Paula, Star Wars movies have been filmed here and it’s easy to see why. :-)

      October 1, 2017 at 6:27 am

  4. Such beautiful slopes and hues – and drama! – in the first picture, and your story about the second had me laughing in recognition – I’ve been there! I’m glad the Fuerteventura dry heat is seeping into your bones; I imagine it’s the perfect antidote to the coming weather.

    October 1, 2017 at 2:00 am

    • Thank you Lynn. The dry heat is indeed seeping into my bones. With such low light to look forward to over the coming months. This is a great antidote to the potential for seasonal affective disorder. :-)

      October 1, 2017 at 6:31 am

      • Yes! When we first moved to the Pacific northwest it was winter, and it was very depressing, mainly because of the relentless rain and sameness of temperatures – it hovers in the low 40’s (F) a lot and you can go seemingly weeks without getting a break of sunlight. In New York, it’s much more dramatic, changing day to day and going to extremes. And it’s dark here – that was hard. But I’ve gotten more used to it. I wish you a SAD-free winter, or if things go that route, I wish you a quick break, maybe in February….

        October 1, 2017 at 5:06 pm

      • Already planned Lynn! The weather has a huge impact on how we feel. People here in Fuerteventura are open, happy, ready to say hello. On a cold rainy day in London, that’s unlikely to happen. Not that we’re an unfriendly bunch. We really are not, as a nation, but the weather in the winter, and increasingly in the summer too since our climate is changing so much for the worse, is depressing and people are more inclined to keep their heads down, under their umbrellas. :-)

        October 2, 2017 at 4:47 pm

  5. It’s a beautiful landscape. Great shot from a moving car. I hope you both enjoyed your gin. :)

    October 1, 2017 at 9:06 am

    • Thank you very much Mr Dragon. Enjoying the landscape and enjoying all the trappings of a good holiday! :-)

      October 1, 2017 at 3:47 pm

  6. Love the first shot Adrian…..a potential entry for WPotY to retain your crown

    October 1, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    • Thank you very much Mark! :-)

      October 1, 2017 at 3:48 pm

  7. It looks a bit like Arizona in the summer…the parched-earth colors…and some monsoon clouds preparing for the afternoon downpour. Nicely captured, Adrian…and companion. :)

    October 1, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    • Thank you very much Scott! Good to hear from you. I hope all is well.

      October 2, 2017 at 4:37 pm

  8. Great captures, dear Adrian. :-)
    Enjoy your holidays, we seem to have the opposite weather to you and Chris in Norfolk.

    October 1, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    • Thank you Klausbernd. Yes, I’ve been listening to R4 in the mornings on the BBC Radio player and I know what to expect when we return. It’s strange that we found 21 degrees this morning to be quite cold. By the afternoon it was 32 and we were quite comfortable. How quickly we adapt. I hope the weather improves for you. Best wishes, Adrian and Chris.

      October 2, 2017 at 4:39 pm

      • Dear Adrian
        we are very happy that autumn has arrived with clear, sunny weather, crisp air and a nice chill in the mornings and evenings. Actually we had enough summer and now we are looking forward to autumn and especially winter. That’s for us the cosy time sitting in the rocking chair in front of the fire reading. You know we are autumn and winter folks, we don’t like it too warm but love freezing temperatures, well, that’s our Viking blood.
        You enjoy the heat and have a great time down south.
        All the best to you and Chris
        The Fab Four of Cley

        October 3, 2017 at 9:12 am

      • Thank you Klausbernd for your comment. I love autumn too but have really enjoyed the light and recharging my batteries ready for the low light we can expect in the winter. But, like you say, it’s a good opportunity to catch up on your reading in front of a roaring fire. Nice crisp frosty mornings are a great photo opportunity but sadly, we have few these lovely frosty mornings these days.
        Have a smashing weekend ahead. Best wishes from Chris and myself to the fab four of Cley!

        October 6, 2017 at 9:07 am

      • We wish you a wonderful weekend :-) :-)
        Best wishes
        The Fab Four of Cley

        October 6, 2017 at 10:17 am

      • We Fly home tomorrow night on a late flight Klausbernd so we get the opportunity to enjoy the beach and the sunshine one final time. Sunday will be coming down, unpacking and getting used to being back in the UK again so it’s going to be a very bitter sweet weekend for sure. Thank you Klausbernd and the remaining Fab 3 :-D

        October 6, 2017 at 2:57 pm

      • We wishing you an easy travel home 🏡 and the weekend will be sweet without a bitter feeling.
        With warm greetings
        The Fab Four of Cley

        October 6, 2017 at 5:31 pm

      • Thank you so much to all of you. We had a late flight yesterday which meant we were able to get to that fabulous gem in the Fuerteventura crown, Sotovento beach which stretches for miles. We arrived early and were the only people on the beach for a very long time. It was quite magical. We were able to spend the whole day there and it was glorious. The flight back was uneventful and we got home about 5am.
        It’s great that it’s a lovely bright day today, albeit 20 degrees cooler than we’re used to, and that has helped us coming home. It’s lovely to see the trees turning and the hills look magnificent in the sunshine.
        Thank you for your thoughts. I hope you’re enjoying a great weekend yourselves. Warm greetings from Chris and myself to the Fab Four of Cley! :-) x

        October 8, 2017 at 1:37 pm

      • We wish you happy days at home. Sunshine and joy.
        With lots of love
        The Fab Four of Cley

        October 9, 2017 at 10:43 am

      • Thank you so much! We wish the same to all of you. If it’s not sunny outside, that’s no reason for it not to be sunny inside! :-)

        October 9, 2017 at 2:25 pm

  9. Beautiful images, Adrian. That lone Palm looks so tall and quite out of place. Great shot. :)

    October 1, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    • Thank you very much Sylvia. It is an incredibly tall tree and with that single mountain in the background, it makes for a wonderful composition. It’s just capturing it when the light, the cloud, etc etc is just right. Never easy! :-)

      October 2, 2017 at 4:49 pm

  10. Je foto’s spreken me altijd aan.Ik heb er al heel veel uitgeleerd

    October 2, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    • Zo’n mooi commentaar, Lou. Heel erg bedankt.

      October 3, 2017 at 5:39 am

  11. Very nice. The landscape makes me think of our Mojave Desert. Enjoy the sun! Funny how I couldn’t wait for some rain and stormy skies here. :D

    October 3, 2017 at 1:02 am

    • I so enjoy mixed weather Gunta but in recent years, the summers in the UK, in the west if the county at least, have been dreadful. We certainly don’t have to wait for rain so it’s great to escape to the sun for a while. :-)

      October 3, 2017 at 5:44 am

  12. I love that wide, open landscape in the first image, and how fortunate that the foreground hill on the Rt side was just in shadow when you tooke this image. There’s potential in the second scene – I’m thinking getting close and low and using a generously wide-angle lens. You’ve found some completely new ideas on your sojourn in the sun and it’s been great to see the results.

    October 3, 2017 at 7:49 am

    • Thank you very much Andy. I have really enjoyed the photographic opportunities that the island of Fuerteventura have afforded me. :-)

      October 6, 2017 at 9:03 am

  13. Beautiful images, Adrian! I especially love the drama in the first one :)

    October 3, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    • Thank you very much Camilla! :-)

      October 6, 2017 at 9:08 am

  14. The dramatic clouds in the first are terrific, Adrian, and your drive-by of the palm was a great success! Hope you enjoyed your cocktail hour. :)

    October 5, 2017 at 4:41 pm

  15. Two amazing landscape and I am not amazed that you want to capture their strange beauty. And you do this with such a sharp eye and understanding of your own vision, that you always end up making something very special.

    October 6, 2017 at 12:56 am

    • That’s very kind Otto! Thank you very much indeed!

      October 6, 2017 at 9:08 am

  16. Great landscapes.

    October 6, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    • Thank you very much! :-) Fuerteventura provides for some amazing landscape to be photographed!

      October 6, 2017 at 2:59 pm

      • I’ll remember that, never thought the landscape looks so good there.

        October 6, 2017 at 3:07 pm

      • The light on the mountains, particularly early in the morning or late afternoon and dusk is stunning bringing a great deal of beauty to the very arid and barren landscape.

        October 6, 2017 at 3:16 pm

      • Thanks for the tip.

        October 6, 2017 at 3:26 pm

      • No problem! :-)

        October 6, 2017 at 3:59 pm

  17. Always good to stretch ourselves Adrian – lovely light on the landscape

    October 7, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    • Thank you very much Tina. It is indeed nice to try something new. :-)

      October 8, 2017 at 1:23 pm

  18. The top photo is a STUNNER. :-)

    October 7, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    • Thank you very much Frank. The light was beautiful! :-)

      October 8, 2017 at 1:37 pm

  19. Just wonderful :)

    October 9, 2017 at 4:46 am

    • Thank you very much Joshi! :)

      October 9, 2017 at 2:23 pm

  20. Those are beautiful shots! Amazing! I also take photos, but I only have a smartphone. And I love taking pictures of nature, I am a nature lover.😎

    October 14, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    • Thank you for your comment. Taking pictures with a smartphone is just fine. The quality of the photos produced have come a long way and it’s a great way to get started. Before long you’ll be looking at that shiny camera in the camera shop. I hope so.. Indulge your passion, nature, and photograph it!! What could be better. :-)

      October 16, 2017 at 2:46 pm

      • I also take photos from a smartphone, hey, what do you know?😍

        October 16, 2017 at 2:57 pm

      • I prefer my cameras but on occasion, if the phone is all you have, you can get some pretty decent images with a smartphone these days! :-)

        October 23, 2017 at 12:17 pm

  21. These landscapes remind me of the ones where I grew up, in southern Nevada in the USA. I have no desire to live in such a climate again, but I can still admire its stark beauty.

    October 17, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    • The landscape of Fuerteventura is indeed starkly beautiful. I must admit, returning to the UK after such an extended visit, it was lovely to see the trees and the green landscapes of home. I do enjoy the sunshine though. Thank you for your comment! :-)

      October 23, 2017 at 12:17 pm

  22. Such very different perspectives but both beautiful. It reminds me of the Judean desert.

    October 18, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    • Thank you Edith! :-)

      October 23, 2017 at 12:18 pm