Photographer's Note

The village of Sete Cidades in the island of Sao Miguel offers the most often photographed vista in the island. In Fernando Galmeida's post Approach S.Miguel Island Lagoons (II) you can see the traditional approach to this beautiful area. Legend has it that a King lived in one of the hills surrounding the valley and he lived alone with his gorgeous, with green eyed daughter. The princess would go on walks through the hills everyday, and one day she met a sheperd he had beautiful blue eyes and soon they fell in love. The king eventually heard of their passion and put a stop to it by sending his daughter away. The couple was granted one last meeting to say good bye. They cried as they parted and the valley was filled with their tears. The blue laggoon was formed by his tears, the green by hers.

The lakes are actually formed inside an inactive volcano crater, in areas surrounding it there are some fumaroles and some hot springs (not as many as in Furnas). The village was isolated for a long time because of the treacherous roads, but now it is easy to reach it. The day was a crazy symphony of weather and photography was difficult. We had been hiking in the valley for a while when we came to this area which is a bit off the beaten path. The trees overhanging the lake have these delicious berries called groselhas and as we sat on the side of the road gorging in berries the sky finally cleared (only for a while) This photo was taken on the same day as
FENCE, Vivaldi -TOS Violation , and Headache in Green.

This phot was cropped levels, color adjusted and and rotated. because it was such a large photo it was saved at a lesser resolution some quality my have been lost.

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