Sea of Tranquility

Photo Gallery: Islands

The Island of Madeira's west coast after sunset, 1995 After the sun had set in the south­west behind Madeira, I could watch the sky's after­glow for some time, from a view­point high up on the north coast. Island of Hirsholmene with Moon, Denmark, 1988 The moon was just wa­ning from its full phase when its light was in contrast with the light­house's. It needed a long time exposure to get this picture. Mount Teide, Teneriffa, 2006 Mount Teide on the island of Teneriffa is the highest peak (12,270 ft) of the Canary Islands (and there­fore also Spain's highest mountain). The sea of clouds seems to be low although its alti­tude is around 6,600 ft.
The Island of Madeira's west coast after sunset, 1995.

Island of Hirsholmene with Moon, Denmark, 1988.

Mount Teide, Teneriffa, 2006.

The Island of Madeira's north coast with cloud shadows on the ocean, 2003 From a view­point at Madeira's north coast, I could see a part of the shore­line and also, how the sun­light pro­jected the cloud's shadows onto the ocean. Clouds around the Pico de Arieiro, Island of Madeira, 2003 When I stood on the summit of the Pico de Arieiro, Madeira's third-highest peak, I could see a dramatic play of sunlight, clouds and mountain slopes in a backlit situation. Sunset behind the island of El Hierro (incl. southern tip of La Gomera), Spain, 2006 From Teneriffa's south coast, the small island of El Hierro was barely visible. But als the sun was setting, its sil­hou­ette became clear. At the picture's right margin, the southern tip of the neigh­boring island La Gomera is visible.
The Island of Madeira's north coast with cloud shadows on the ocean, 2003.

Clouds around the Pico de Arieiro, Island of Madeira, 2003.

Sunset behind the island of El Hierro (incl. southern tip of La Gomera), Spain, 2006.

The old north coast road (now closed), Island of Madeira, 2003 For decades until approx. 2002, the old coastal road in Madeira's north was the only connection between the villages São Vicente and Porto Moniz (the section shown is located east of the village Seixal). It was closed to the traffic after a new road (inclu­ding several new tunnels) had been con­structed. In 2003, approx. 2 years after that, the old road (Antiga E.R. 101, still accessible to pedes­trians) looked rather abandoned (see also the related picture).
Note of 2011: in the meantime the tunnel has been destroyed by a landslide, so this picture already shows history.
A section of the Levada de Ribeira da Janela in infrared false-color photograph, Island of Madeira, 2003 A section of the Levada de Ribeira da Janela, in infrared false-color photograph (a short expla­nation of an infrared false-color film's behaviour is here). Infrared radiation shows as red color, and the red shine of the backpack (to the lower left, on the path) in this picture is an indi­cation that it reflects some of the surrounding infrared light, although it is black (i. e., it does not reflect much visible light).
Note: there are more infrared false-color photos on the photo gallery pages Infrared Dreamfields and Experiments.
A section of the Levada do Furado, Island of Madeira, 2003 The Levada do Furado flows (roughly speaking) between the villages Ribeiro Frio and Portela in Madeira's northeast. When I started my hike at Portela, it seemed boring at first, but then the levada became really inter­esting, with narrow sections through steep, green landscape and with a lot of bends and small tunnels.
The old north coast road (now closed), Island of Madeira, 2003.

A section of the Levada de Ribeira da Janela in infrared false-color photograph, Island of Madeira, 2003.

A section of the Levada do Furado, Island of Madeira, 2003.