Photographer's Note

This photo was taken on the hike to the Ponta de São Lourenço. It is the easternmost point of Madeira. We woke up very early that day, two hours before the sunrise. We hoped to watch the sun rising above the clouds, as we did once on Maui, Hawaii:
Sadly, when we arrived on the Pico do Arieiro, the peak was completely covered with clouds, and it was raining. We waited and waited but the rain did not stop. That was quite a disappointing start of the day. After breakfast back at the hotel the weather was still too cloudy to enjoy a swim in a hotel pool. We decided to skip the intended visit to Santana (webcam showed rain there as well) and drive to Ponta de São Lourenço, with the hope that the wind may clear the sky in that place where north meet the south of the island. Indeed, when we arrived at the trailhead parking, the weather was amazing and we had the chance to put on some sunscreen, probably for the first time on Madeira. When we reached the Miradouro de São Lourenço, which is the exact spot you see in this photo, the weather was so good that I got really excited. Sadly, after 10 photos at this point a thick layer of clouds arrived. We continued almost to the end of the trail, but suddenly we walked into a huge storm. We were soaked. The rest of day was miserable again. I can only imagine how amazing this place may be when the weather stays sunny all the time.

We have visited Madeira in the first week of June. It reminded me Southern California. The climate of Madeira resembles California pretty much. It is never too cold and never too hot. Just in low twenties (of Celsius). Indeed, in California there is one recurring season which locals call “June gloom”. You would think that June should be nice in the northern hemisphere but not in Southern California. June is always cloudy there. A taxi driver on Madeira confirmed that: on Madeira the June is also repeatedly cloudy. I think they call it “sleepy days” or something like that. Probably for different reason than in California but it is what it is. We may have hit the worst time to be on this beautiful island.

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Additional Photos by Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7646 W: 106 N: 19982] (76469)
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