NEW TRENDS: WRITING ON THE SAND WITH BLACK STONES / MY DAYS IN FUERTEVENTURA # 4

© Photos by ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

Writing words and messages on the sand… It’s a funny game to do when we are on the beach. But water (and wind) arrive very soon to delate all we have written.

 

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What we build on the sand is usually a plan doomed to fail… We say so. Not in Fuerteventura, where we may write on the sand using  black volcanic stones.

 This is a sort of new trend along  the Island coasts. People write words, or love messages,  on the incredible dunes. Sand and stones to say something bound to remain… It’s so beautiful… And poetic.

NEW TRENDS: WRINTING ON THE SAND WITH BLACK STONES / PHOTO BY ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

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LIVING ON A VOLCANIC LAND/ MY DAYS IN FUERTEVENTURA # 2

© Photos by ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

In Fuerteventura (Canary Islands) the Jandia peninsula was formed through one of three volcanic edifices that created the Island: the stratovolcano of Jandia.

MY DAYS IN FUERTEVENTURA – PHOTOS BY ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI – 2012

Its emissions were very powerful and caused a widespread pilling up of lava flows that made up the most important terrains of the Island. The erosive agents are still re-modeling this terrain. The southern slope which starts at the Jandia mountain ridge is formed by a grouping of narrow, short and deep valleys that do not quite reach the sea.

MY DAYS IN FUERTEVENTURA – PHOTOS BY ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI – 2012

In Fuerteventura, water makes and marks the different colours of landscapes. On an island where so rarely we have rains, water desalination plants ensure life, to inhabitants and to flora and vegetation. Other differences are made by the sea. Various local species are endemic to the Jandia peninsula meaning it is the region with most biodiversity in the entire island.

MY DAYS IN FUERTEVENTURA – PHOTOS BY ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI – 2012

The area close to the lighthouse is inhabited by grouping of halophillic plants (extremophile organisms adapted to living in environments with high concentration of salt), such heath-leaved Sea-Heath and an antidiabetic medical plant (Plantigophyllum gaetulum) whose habitat is limited within the Canary Islands.

MY DAYS IN FUERTEVENTURA – PHOTOS BY ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI – 2012

The Mosquito Valley has a good representation of other endemic species found only in the south of Fuerteventura and a plant symbol of the island, Jandia spurge (Euphorbia handiensis). A perennial shrub Launaea arborescens, Common Ice Plant, Canary Island tamarisks (Tamarix  canariensis), Poenix canariensis palm tree and the tree tobacco (also uncorrectly known as Mustard tree, Nicoriana glauca) all introduced to the island and can also be encountered along our routes.

MY DAYS IN FUERTEVENTURA – PHOTOS BY ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI – 2012

MY DAYS IN FUERTEVENTURA # 1 / DISCOVERING AN ISLAND THROUGH COLORS AND… STREET ART

FUERTEVENTURA – CANARY ISLANDS © Photo by ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI 2012

© Photos by ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

I’m in Fuerteventura (Spain), one of the seven Canary Islands – declared biosphere reserve by Unesco – in the Atlantic Ocean, not so far from the North African coast. Tranquility, peace, quiet, sun and enchanting colors: these aree the elements we can find here.

FUERTEVENTURA – CANARY ISLANDS © Photo by ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI 2012

Fuerteventura is the colour of its beaches, the sky, the sea, the flavours of its products, its cuisine, its natural reserves, its mountains, its dunes, its winds and the combination of all these things.

FUERTEVENTURA – CANARY ISLANDS © Photo by ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI 2012

The Island maintains much of its original volcanic heritage made of incredible landscapes and natural contrasts, as Tindaya Mountain,  Betancuria Natural Reserve, the Corralejo Dunes, the El Cotillo fishing villages and the beatiful Jandia Playa, with the most attractives beaches.

FUERTEVENTURA – CANARY ISLANDS © Photo by ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI 2012

Fuerteventura is also art and street art, as I will report in the next days… So, welcome in Fuerteventura! A place to discover and to love…

FUERTEVENTURA – CANARY ISLANDS © Photo by ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI 2012