Lanzarote, Graciosa & Alegranza

João Figueiredo

Värnamo, Sweden

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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

08-01-2009

Olympus SP 560 UZ

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