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São Miguel island, Azores

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by cheeks69, Aug 28, 2018.

  1. cheeks69

    cheeks69 TalkEmount Regular

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    Robert
    I was born on this Island and immigrated to the US when I was 9 years old. It's the largest of the 9 Islands making up an archipelago and it's the most populated. It has an amazing variety of landscapes and although it's going through it's driest season in many years it's still so beautifully green. I was able to visit it for the second time in two years, just love the place !

    43364059215_8be7a81243_h. DSC00671-Edit-Edit by Robert Pacheco, on Flickr

    29342861857_1714eff213_h. DSC01039 by Robert Pacheco, on Flickr

    30463612668_06368aafe8_h. DSC01477 by Robert Pacheco, on Flickr

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    42522450810_8f394a789e_h. DSC01459-2 by Robert Pacheco, on Flickr

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  2. runnerpsu

    runnerpsu TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Beautiful, indeed!
     
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  3. fractal

    fractal TalkEmount Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jun 17, 2014
    Southeastern PA
    Chris
    Terrific photos of a beautiful island!
     
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  4. WNG

    WNG TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 12, 2014
    Arrid Zone-A, USA
    Will
    A really breathtakingly beautiful place!
    A photo friend from Toronto vacationed there this month and the images she took of that abandoned hotel on the hill, were awesome. Fascinating that a relatively new hotel was allowed to go to ruin and you can still get inside for photos.
     
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  5. cheeks69

    cheeks69 TalkEmount Regular

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    Robert
    When we visited in 1989 for the first time after moving to the US permanently it had just closed down, it was only open for one year. At that time the Island was not well developed and didn't get anywhere near the amount of tourists it does today, in fact that year they had just finished paving the first highway between it's two biggest cities.

    That has all changed in the last 30 years but it's to late for Hotel Monte Palace, it's too bad because the view from that Hotel is breathtaking ! Now it gets more visitors than it ever had when it was open but it's in serious decay and dangerous to visit especially as the light goes down. I'm surprised it hasn't been torn down after all these years, I'm sure eventually it will.
     
  6. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Cyprus
    Nick
    Beautiful photos of what looks like a beautiful island! Thanks for sharing
     
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  7. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Dave
    Amazing location
     
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  8. cheeks69

    cheeks69 TalkEmount Regular

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    Robert
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    cheeks69 TalkEmount Regular

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  10. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Dave
    Great series
     
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  11. WNG

    WNG TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 12, 2014
    Arrid Zone-A, USA
    Will
    The Tokina RMC 17-f/3.5 looks great.

    I have an older, larger version of this lens, and its edges are not as good.
     
  12. cheeks69

    cheeks69 TalkEmount Regular

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    Jan 24, 2017
    Robert
    Yes even mine tends to smudge the vegetation towards the edge of the frame but when I needed something really wide I had no other choice. Eventually I'll have to upgrade to something better but overall the Tokina didn't do too bad.
     
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  13. johnson4096

    johnson4096 TalkEmount Veteran

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    Dan Johnson
    I was lucky enough to have visited the Azores in 1976. It is an incredible place and a place that I recommend highly. You won't be disappointed!
     
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  14. robfactory

    robfactory TalkEmount Veteran

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    Aug 23, 2014
    Rob
    That place looks magical. Nice photos. On the bucket list of places to go.
     
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  15. cheeks69

    cheeks69 TalkEmount Regular

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    Jan 24, 2017
    Robert
    I should've done a better job of grouping the photos, this is probably the most popular section of the Island, Sete Cidades. This area here is called Boca do Inferno, which in on the opposite side of the Hotel and shows you the other lakes on the massive crater.

    42691514080_b56a5a0971_h. DSC01253 by Robert Pacheco, on

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    44500454161_5acca0abf6_h. DSC01271-Pano by Robert Pacheco, on Flickr
     
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  16. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Cyprus
    Nick
    The last set of photos is amazing!!! Just wow
     
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  17. christilou

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    Nov 26, 2012
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    Christina
    Stunning scenery :)  Added to my list of places to go!
     
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  18. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Dave

    So much green :) 
     
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