Photographer's Note

In the beginning... Humans lived in the Garden of Eden.
The perfect climate: never so hot or so cold that humans would feel uncomfortable; as much rain as it was required to let tree ferns but also cactus grow.
The perfect landscape: coastal plains between sandy beaches and high mountain ranges, with all tones of green spreading along the hills.

Then God rearranged the world.
Humans were expelled from the Garden of Eden and divided in different races, according to their new habitat.

There were a few places on Earth that kept a climate almost like the Garden of Eden. But God kept them free of humans.

For many years humans stayed in the same place.
Then at one point they started to get "civilized" and consequently they begun to move along the continents.

Later, in 1415, the portuguese begun to move across the oceans.
In the beginning, the portuguese landed here.
"Coincidentally" one of those few uninhabited places left with the climate evoking the Garden of Eden. Except that it was almost arid, because there was no high mountains.
But just a few miles away there was another island. Garden of Eden like trees and flowers covered the steep slopes that allowed neither beaches nor coastal plains.

A few years later they discovered the location where Pico emerges. The peak of what we are told to be one of two mountain ranges, both in the New World, stretching from the North to almost the South Pole.

80 years later, during what would become the first circumnavigation, a portuguese discovered where the Atlantic meets the Pacific.
He was closer to the South Pole as anyone ever before.
He was at what would be the beginning of the discovery of the world's largest ocean.
At what would turn out to be where the other mountain range emerges from the depths of the ocean.
The only one we can see with our own eyes.

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