Photographer's Note

Eastern Sao Miguel, one of the last areas of the island that survived untouched the destruction of the remnants of the Garden of Eden.

Since 1990, particularily in the central and coastal regions, concrete, asphalt, plastic, antennas, artficial lights & Co broke the backbone of a pristine and worldwide unique nature that peacefully coexisted with humans for 660 years.

The cloud forest, that records more than 4,000 mm rain yearly at this elevation, home to the endemic erica azorica on the foreground. Ericas that everywhere else in the world are shrubs, can grow here up to a 6 meters high tree.
Five times the amount recorded at the south coast, with less than 800 mm yearly at sea level.

This precipitation range, found also in Hawaii luv coasts, is more visible in the very same meridian, 80 km to the south.
Here these slopes bring water down to the coast all year round.
At western Santa Maria Island much smaller elevation differences can keep it green only half of the year, November to May.
At Anjos, a village at the same meridian, in summer the only green spot is a melon field.

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