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View from Alto do Principe

This is the last of my shots from the Alto do Principe lookout point on the Isla de Monteagudo of the Cies Islands, and my favourtite shot of our short trip.


It's a shot I almost didn't make. During the day, we had trecked up to the lighthouse on the Isla del Faro (which can be seen on the rock in the distance on the right) so we were quite tired and felt that we had probably experienced the best view on offer, as the lighthouse is the highest point on the islands.


We were in two minds whether to make the climb to Alto do Principe but decided at the last minute to go ahead. With only about 20 minutes until sundown, we practically ran up there, but I'm so glad we did.


The view from here is incredible, much more interesting than from the lighthouse. Looking down and south from here you can see (from foreground to background): the Playa de Rodas (voted best beach in the world), the lagoon directly behind it and the campsite, with the lights just turned on, behind that. You can see the whole of the Isla de Monteagudo, topped by the lighthouse. Beyond Monteagudo you catch a glimpse of the Isla de San Martino, the southernmost island which you are not allowed to visit, and beyond that, part of the Ria de Vigo with the lights of the seaside towns (Baiona most probably). Of course, I haven't mentioned the Atlantic to the right, crashing up against rocks of the Islas, reminding us of the force that created and shaped them, and finally the reflections of the most beautiful pink sunset just out of frame.


And to think we almost missed this...


On a technical note - the wind was pretty stong and I had my tripod wedged between two of these rocks you see here in the foreground - hardly the strongest base. It was a 30 second exposure at f/22. God knows how it came out so sharp.


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Taken on July 20, 2012