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!
Such a wonderful backdrop to this tiny village in the heartland of Fuerteventura. This extinct volcano, its caldera so clearly defined
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.
I took a trip to a little beach yesterday that is used mainly by local people and at this time of year, local people exercising dogs. It’s a super little beach and allows superb views of St Austell Bay. There’s a nice stretch of sand with some rock pools at low tide and safe paddling for the little ones. However, access to the beach is gained through a small tunnel under the railway and yesterday, this tunnel was flooded. Using my stick to guage depth, I gingerly started wading but with water threatening to overflow my wellies (rubber boots) with every step, it took a while. But probably because of the flooding, once the other side, there was nobody in sight, despite the half-term school holidays.
From the beach you get a good view of the sea wall that protects Par docks. When I was a child, large ships used to dock here to collect the china clay, dug from the local hills, for export around the world. Par docks is no longer used for the loading of china clay and there are plans for its redevelopment as a luxury marina but there is a lot of local resistance.
I was surprised and shocked to find that as a result of the recent storms, there has been a huge hole punched through the sea defences that protect the docks. The huge chunks of granite that make up the wall, have been in place for generations and weathered countless storms but this winter has been exceptional. The granite blocks lay strewn around, clearly tossed aside as of no significance, such is the power of the sea. :-/
To give some scale to this image, the square block of rock on the right-hand side in the foreground made a comfortable spot to sit awhile..
Of course, being an inquisitive photographer, always on the lookout for the next picture, I naturally had to have a peek through the wall. With a huge effort, I managed to traverse the boulders on my back-side to get a look at a rarely accessed area. This side of the sea wall is off-limits and protected by security fencing and razor wire..
Otto Von Munchow, on his blog In Flow, has today launched the 6th round of his search for the best photoblogs on WordPress. Check out the latest round and vote here. It would be so good if the whole blogging community could get behind this poject to ensure we have a unique, representative and valuable resource to access the best examples of photoblogging out there. If you visit Otto’s blog, you’ll also find links to previous rounds.
Otto has been incredibly generous with his valuable time in going through hundreds of nominated blogs and starting to whittle the list down to a manageable size. The least we can do I think, is visit the blogs and take a couple of minutes to vote. You’ll be treated to some incredible photography.. :-)