Fuerteventura’s former capital Betancuria lies in a picturesque valley next to a dried up stream which flowed up until the 16th century.  The village is named after Jean de Béthencourt, who founded the town in 1404 with Gadifer de La Salle. It was the original capital of the Kingdom of the Canary Islands, and later capital of Fuerteventura.

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On a ridge above the village of La Oliva about 100m or so apart sit two dissused but intact Canarian Windmills – they should make good photographic subjects – but here’s the thing, they are tricky subjects – finding a good place to stand is just alot harder than it looks particularly if you want to capture both in the same image, so much so that I have yet to master that image.  In the meantime here is the best I have managed of just one of the mills.  This is a contra-jour image captured as five bracketed images and processed as an HDR image with the sacred Tindaya Mountain as a backdrop.

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High ISO

Today was the start of  a week of Fiesta activities in our nearby village and tonight they were kicking things off with a local band (Grupo de Música popular Tababairet) – now this kind of thing is not really my bag as you may have noticed that I rarely if ever photograph people – however I was keen to give the G9s high iso performance a try so off I headed to get a few “snaps”.

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Sacred Tindaya

The little village of Tindaya sits at the foot of the Montaña de Tindaya in north-west Fuerteventura.  It was considered a sacred place by the pre-Spanish local population, and is also known as the Sacred Mountain today.  At the heart of the village lies the immaculately maintained church of Ermita Nuestra Senora de la Caridad.  It makes a nice photographic subject with the sacred mountain as a backdrop.

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Question: What does the perfect Volcano look like ?

Answer: Like this.

Every time I see this volcano near La Oliva it makes me smile – just like a volcano I would have drawn as a kid.


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