Needed a break so booked a last minute trip to Lanzarote the week before last for some holiday time under the sun. Was great to have a change of pace and enjoy the different air on this sunny island of volcanic origin.
Am not one who is that much into tanning on the beach or lounging by the pool, so next to some relaxation, my goal was to get some nice photographic opportunities.
Wanted to share the photos I made there by presenting this selection of snapshots, the others can be found on Flickr.
Many vineyards can be found on the island such as in La Geria. What makes these so remarkable are the small walls that surround the separate vines, both to protect the plants from the abundant wind as well as harvest moisture and the seldom falling rain.
The most impressive sight was the view from Mirador Del Rio, a sightseeing spot on the most northern mountain that looks out on the ocean and nearby island of La Graciosa.
A breathtaking view, sat there for a few hours enjoying this magnificent sight.
Quite glad this photo of Jameos del Agua came out well, the small lagoon rests in a cave formed by volcanic eruption and the site also houses a museum and underground amphitheater. The cave lagoon was the most interesting though, albeit a quick walk through.
Caught this red flower on the upper tiers of the balconies at Jameos del Agua with the outdoor pool in the backdrop.
Another breathtaking natural site to visit were the volcanic caves at Cueva de los Verdes which was a rather adventurous hike through the caves as one must mind the jagged rocks and low ceilings.
The rock formations and different colors were stunning.
A shame had left my tripod in the car, could have used it in the low light conditions, though space constraints would have made it hard to deploy. Saw a photography aficionado who had brought a gorillapod, handy and clever!
For most photos, next to higher Iso setting, resorted to resting the camera on a rock which did force me to recrop some to get a level horizon.
From the cool temperatures inside the caves to the scorching heat on top of the volcanoes in Timanfaya national park.
Breathtaking landscape with its many volcanic formations, truly alien and unique compared to the average landscape here.
The heat isn’t just from the sun though, as the soil on the Montañas del Fuego can easily be several hundred degrees warm when one goes but a few meters deep.
Something which the locals like to show by putting dry straw in a stone pit, the straw soon catches fire from the scorching hot stones, or they pour water in pipes which after a few seconds shoots out as a geyser of steam.
Near the small village of El Goflo, this remarkable water body flanked by the remains of a collapsed volcano gets its green color from the algae that reside in it.
The desolate, peaceful stone pebble beach is offset by the vivid sea. Enjoyed listening to the waves washing ashore for a while while sitting on the beach.
Jardin De Cactus houses an impressive variety of cacti from all over the world and is a worthwhile visit to snap photos of these prickly plants, some of which really do grow to impressive sizes as seen below.
Part of the Canary Islands, tourism is Lanzarote’s largest industry and even though at this time of year most hotels were still quite full and tourists were aplenty, was able to enjoy the major sights as luckily none were overrun or too crowded.
Close to El Golfo, Los Hervideros are caves or inlets at the seashore where one can catch the waves violently clashing against the rocks. Located near the southwest tip of the island, winds were quite strong here.
Just before arriving at Playa Blanca, the town on the southern tip brimmed with hotels where I stayed, one encounters the salt winning of Salinas de Janubio.
Had a great holiday in Lanzarote and do recommend it for those seeking some leisurely time under the sun combined with a few nice sights. You can see plenty more photos on Flickr.