Lanzarote, Graciosa & Alegranza by João Figueiredo

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The north of the Lanzarote island is pretty interesting for photographers. Among others it offers the possibility to shoot many islands from just one (any) spot in that part of the island due to it’s geography. Here, at the entry of Orzola village, besides a part of the village and the Island of Lanzarote (where the photo is taken) I also got in the same shot a bit of the Graciosa island (the bit on the left) and the whole Alegranza islet which nowadays is uninhabited.

Before the Spanish colonization there was a very big colony of Sea Lions very much valuable for it’s fat and meat, being even the reason why European peoples were sailing over originating even a Normand colonization and formation of an independent Normand kingdom in the archipelago that used to have a sub tropical forest and weather.

Later on when the arrival of the Spanish during the discoveries age, the trees were chopped down to the very last one in order to build as many ships as possible and nearly all the animals were slaughtered in order to supply the ships towards the New World, transforming the archipelago in the desert that it is today. This was pretty much their colonization technique and the result is at sight.

Due to the man transformation in the ecosystem, this island is nowadays a bird sanctuary and part of a natural reserve.

Lanzarote – Spain


Olympus SP 560 UZ

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Coming from Portugal, established in Sweden since 2010. “I tell what I see, I see what I tell.”

Self tought. I am still learning, I allways will be! Landscapes and nature were, are and allways will be my favourite thing to shoot. Other motifs? Yeah, they will come as well…

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  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 2 years ago

    Wonderful capture

  • Thanks Larry, nice to be welcomed! :)

    – João Figueiredo

  • CanyonWind
  • Thanks so very much! :)

    – João Figueiredo

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeover 2 years ago

  • Thank you so much!

    – João Figueiredo

  • Julie  White
    Julie Whiteover 2 years ago

    Stunning capture.

  • Thanks so much! It’s great that you enjoy my work so much!! Thank you! :)

    – João Figueiredo

  • Janone
    Janoneover 2 years ago

    Favorite place for me too, Joäo
    Any house house colour but White…lol

  • I’m not really sure about it, but the houses are white to avoid mosquitoes and to control the heat. At least it’s like that in southern Portugal… Thanks for the visit! :)

    – João Figueiredo

  • Fara
    Faraover 2 years ago

    This is terrific……………there was always a mist when I tried to see Graciosa……………..a lovely part of the island Joao!!

  • It is in deed Joyce! Thank you so much for all the comments and faves, really nice of you! Very, very much appreciated! :)

    – João Figueiredo

  • Lissie E J
    Lissie E Jover 2 years ago

  • Thanks Lissie, very much appreciated! :))

    – João Figueiredo

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