Remembering the amazing and really rewarding walk trails of Madeira. The peak you see at the end of the path is Pico Ruivo, the highest point of Madeira Island.
If you have one of those days that you're angry with life, ( everybody has those days) just remember that there are amazing places in our world. If you didn't have one of those bad days you wouldn't enjoy the good ones so much.
Is it magic? The answer is no. The are places in our world that look unreal. It is as they were created by an artist. The are also people who say that the art is in our eyes. I don't know who's right. One thing I'm pretty sure: there are places that make me happy, that make me travel in my dreams. Lush forests are one of those places.
Being at the top of the mountains is something that always made part of the humanity dreams. Not sure if it's the silence, the cold, the amazing views or simply for being closer to the sky. I can only speak for myself, but there's a unique feeling when I reach higher ground. The photo was taken at Pico do Areeiro after hiking between the highest peaks of Madeira.
Although some photos would never tell the real story behind it or how it was made, they have special meaning for the author and the people who lived the moment. This is the case, it is not a simple unintentional snap shot. To take this picture, we had to get out of bed in the middle of the night, drive with still blinking eyes and then hike in the dark to a spot we thought it would have a great view over the Ponta de S. Lourenço. It was only a guess, we saw the day before there was a geodesic mark and we aimed for it. The spot was excellent, the camera was in place, filters in place, expectations high, but the sun and the clouds didn't cooperate. You may ask if I would do that again if I knew the result wouldn't be spectacular. The answer is: yes, of course. My life has always been about enjoying the journey, never using shortcuts to reach the destination.
This is one of my favourite photos from Madeira. It wasn't technically hard to make, it wasn't hard to reach the place, but I love the dance of the clouds. It's not everyday that we're at near 2000 meters high and have a gift of this chaotic cloud performance.
Have you heard of Madeira's Levadas? Levadas are water channels that used to bring water from the north side of the island, where it rains a lot, to the south side. Nowadays they are also paths for tourists and nature lovers to enjoy the laurissilva forest. If you never walked on a Levada you should!
Do you love to be in the middle of the mist? We love it, so does the camera. While going up on ER103 road we had to stop the car and enjoy the fog in the middle of the majestic trees of Madeira mountains. Only few cars travel this winding old path, so we had it for ourselves like we love it.
Yes, I know I share a lot of photos about forests and mountains. It doesn't mean I don't love the sea. I love the sound of waves washing back the boulders. Like somebody said: why is this planet named earth when it's covered mostly by sea? This photo was taken at Ribeira da Janela on the north side of Madeira. Me and the camera got soaked to the bones. Only after I got all clothes wet I though it would be a better idea to wear shorts and bare foot. Next time I'll know 😅
Lagoa das 25 fontes - 25 springs lagoon This is a very well known end of Levada spot in the Rabaçal region of Madeira. It's not the most amazing one, it's not the easiest one, but surely one you should put on your must visit list.
This is Paulo scouting the base of the waterfall for a photo opportunity. This is one little treasure from Madeira Island far from the eyes of the horde. Have a great weekend.
Would you go for a swim in these virgin ponds of Madeira Island?