This is the ourdoor veranda, the engawa of the dojo building itself at Dojo Stara Wieś1. The building hosts three beautiful areas to practice martial arts in a place, which resembles their origin quite well.
While it's not the complete fairytale Japan one might expect, in the end, the only thing one could wish for is a small forest of giant bamboo, because everything else is tranquility here. The ponds were full of huge frogs and lovely newts, the air was filled with loud and happy birds - it's a lovely place.
I took the picture not that early, sometimes just after sunrise.
Just another abandoned, decaying factory in Budapest.
Empty windows, nature slowly taking over, rubble everywhere - a few decades of decay.
Puertito de los Molinos has huge, steep, beautiful walls of rock surrounding it; unfortunately it's more or less impossible to climb down on them. We planned to get here by sunset, but it was pitch black when we actually arrived, so instead before getting our flight home, we got up early and came back for sunrise. It was worth it: when sunrise comes with the high tide the waves are magnificent, even with a calm weather.
The road to and from Pozo Negro is quiet, but that doesn't mean there is nothing to look at: it comes all the way along the black fields of lava which started at Malpaís Grande and ended up at the sea at Pozo Negro.
Pozo Negro got about 2 sentences in the guide book for Fuerteventura, and most of those 2 lines was that it has 2 pescados, fish restaurants. Well, it did, in fact had nice fish, and if you're there by sunset, like we were, it also offers beautiful colours.
There is a rather empty road on Fuerteventura, the one that goes through Betancuria, in the mountains, to the south, FV-30. I can certainly recommend taking this route if you can: it's calm, outerworldly, with ravens visiting you at the miradors, showing all the beautiful mountains on the west side of the island.
During the past centuries there were numerous attempts to make Fuerteventura greener again - one of them was the Peñitas Dam. Unfortunately the erosion of the surrounding mountains is too strong, pushing a lot of soil into the dam, making the water completely disappear in the mud. It still contains a lot of water though, given how happy the trees are in the valley - trees, which are already rare at Fuerteventura.
(Also: a small praise for my Pentax camera, for producing an image like this, ouf of the machine without post-processing or filters.)
The image was taken from the top of Mirador De Morro Velosa, on our way to Betancuria.
When visiting a mirador, one might expect a place to buy coffee next to a magnificent view, but Mirador De Morro Velosa offers a lot more. Besides the panoramic view, the building also functions as a museum about the islands and their origins - and yes, you can still get a Cortado leche v leche.
Since my camera doesn't have a panorama function, I had to improvise: 4 handheld shoots combined perfectly with Hugin turned out better, than I expected.
On that black slope you can see small semi-circles of stones: those are humiditiy traps with vine in their middle. Wine from Lanzarote is sweet and very nice, and knowing it's growing on a martinan land makes it even more exciting.