This view of Sete Cidades take’s me back to my child hood memories of summer getaways at my great aunt’s cottage, lying at the foot of the blue lagoon. I still cherish memories of exploring the surrounding nature with my cousins and listening to the fairytale story of why the lagoons are two different colours. The story in short, the princess and the shepherd loved each other so much, but with the king not letting them to be together. They cried all afternoon on their part of the land, creating the green lagoon for the Princess’s green eyes and blue lagoon for the tears of the shepherds blue eyes.
The colour of these lagoons is important to keep this fairytale alive and for conservation of its ecosystem. Restoring this land from past deforestation and other human interaction is being made possible by local people and government land management plans. Noticeable improvement since 2000 has tracked a slow down in the increased rate of green algae in the blue lagoon and less pressure has been put on it’s surrounding area. I hope a strong continuation of conservation in this area continues. The high volume of tourism this place is receiving in recent years puts more stress on conservation of nature and cultural heritage.
This Old Pink House
With Valentines’s day this past week, I figured this was a fitting photo. Not only for its pink house and flowers, but also the town of Furnas itself, is quite a romantic town with beautiful landscapes, gardens and natural spas.
Exploring a quiet place in the city, where I’d play on the roots of a giant Indian rubber tree as kid. These days, I enjoyed the natural scenery, seeing nature grow and hope bloom.
Forest do Canário
Sometimes we forget where we came from. My last trip to my roots took me hiking through the dense forest of Lagoa do Canário. Full of vegetation and moss along the way and certainly one of the quietest spots to enjoy the fresh air.
Horseman of Nossa Senhora da Paz
A forest that has evolved around volcanic crater lake.
Crossing on a Volcano
There’s something about crossing a street in a town developed on an active Volcano. This is a common street in Furnas, life is pretty calm here considering it’s grounds to one of the most dangerous volcano’s in Azores.
Path by Geysers
It’s amazing how close these pathways are to such large active geysers scattered throughout the village.
Dipping in a Fairy Tale.
Found dipping in a fairy tale. Where legends keep alive and tim's passed by telling stories. This is a place I'll always go.
By The Ocean Rocks
One of my favourite part of going to the beach as a kid, was to explore the rocks by the ocean shore. Seeing the life the tide brings in and enjoying these magnificent views is something I still enjoy.
Abandoned Place in Furnas Lagoa
Steps away from the bubbling caldeiras. Just far enough that the smell of the cozido cooking only tickled my nose. We took shelter from the rain in this old place. The sound of the crowd vanished, I thought to myself, the secrets this old building has kept.
Cooking a stew in the earth with natural thermal heat is a unique experience. The flavor of 'Cozido das Furof the earth adds to this dish a flavour that cannot be replicated anywhere.
Furnas Hidden Place
A brief rain shower had me ducking for cover, when I came across this abandoned place. Exploring it in-and-out, I caught myself hoping the sourounding nature will take it over someday.
Down the Winding Road
At the end of Aldeia do Sanguinho's trail, there is a gorgeous view of Faial da Terra, a small parish of around three-hundred and fifty villagers. This trail is one to remember. Guided by my cousin Joao.
Sometimes you can fall into unexpected beauty when you least expect it. As I did exploring the town of Furnas. With no particular place to go and in no rush, taking in the common scenery of this town was absolutely charming.
A bamboo's eyes glaring at me, while reaching out his hand. Something most people don't accept as form acceptable way of a zoo keeping. Zoo's play a key role in the recovery of wild animals and contributed to the acquisition of knowledge. Although I am glad we are moving away from cages to open sanctuaries more and more these days.
The exterior rocks of an ancient submerged volcano, is hit with constant crashing waves, keeping the interior of Ilheu de Vila Franca do Campo a paradise swim, in calm waters.