Photo Post: The Stunning Beauty of the Azores

My visit to Sao Miguel, the most populous island of the Azores, was simply magical. The weather was perfect, the food was delicious, and the pineapples were divine.  But the scenery and the rich history took the cake. The lush greenery made me feel like I walking through a scene of Avatar at times. Breathtaking. Here are some of my favorite shots from my short stay on the island.  Rest assured,  I will definitely be returning.

Sweeping ocean views seen from all over the island.
Sweeping ocean views seen from all over the island.
Avatar-like pond in the Botanical Gardens.
Avatar-like pond in the Botanical Gardens.
Stone Staircase in Botanical Garden
Stone Staircase in Botanical Garden
The cows graze near the tops of the mountains. So, farmers have to go the cows to milk them and bring the milk back down in milk cans.
The cows graze near the tops of the mountains. So, farmers have to go the cows to milk them and bring the milk back down in milk cans.
Near the Twin Lakes.
Near the Twin Lakes.
Historic Church with the traditional color scheme found throughout the Azores.
Historic Church with the traditional color scheme found throughout the Azores.
One of the inlets where volcanic activity is prevalent. If you look realllly closely, you can see people bathing in the natural springs near the shore.
One of the inlets where volcanic activity is prevalent. If you look realllly closely, you can see people bathing in the natural springs near the shore.
One of the many stunning tree formations on the island.
One of the many stunning tree formations on the island.
Beautiful coast lines!
Beautiful coast lines!
Lush green sprig with fresh dew drops.
Lush green sprig with fresh dew drops.
Old building atop the hill.
Old building atop the hill.
Hillside ripe with volcanic ash.
Hillside ripe with volcanic ash.
The lone rock.
The lone rock.
The flora and fauna on the island are simply stunning.
The flora and fauna on the island are simply stunning.

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The oldest cemetery on the island. It had to be specially fortified and raised since the area used to be a major flood zone.
The oldest cemetery on the island. It had to be specially fortified and raised since the area used to be a major flood zone.
Hidden Waterfall of the beaten tracks.
Hidden Waterfall of the beaten tracks.
These flowers are everywhere on the island. And while they are nice to look at, they are an invasive species threatening other plant life on the island.
These flowers are everywhere on the island. And while they are nice to look at, they are an invasive species threatening other plant life on the island.
My guide was an expert of figuring out the best time to photograph Lagoa das Sete Cidades, which is often covered with fog. The lake is two different colors and you can see where they merge in the center.
My guide was an expert of figuring out the best time to photograph Lagoa das Sete Cidades, which is often covered with fog. The lake is two different colors and you can see where they merge in the center.
My guide was an expert of figuring out the best time to photograph Lagoa das Sete Cidades, which is often covered with fog. The lake is two different colors and you can see where they merge in the center.
My guide was an expert of figuring out the best time to photograph Lagoa das Sete Cidades, which is often covered with fog. The lake is two different colors and you can see where they merge in the center.
The island is littered with incredible cliff-side views.
The island is littered with incredible cliff-side views.
Straight out of a fairytale.
Straight out of a fairytale.
Lush green mountainsides flanked in smog.
Lush green mountainsides flanked in smog.
Beautiful vistas.
Beautiful vistas.
I took a Jeep tour and got some great shots on the backroads.
I took a Jeep tour and got some great shots on the backroads.

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Photo from the viewpoint.
Photo from the viewpoint.

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Stunning beauty at every turn.
Stunning beauty at every turn.
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