BACKSTORY: Welcome

It’s not easy to get to Cofete, but it’s one of my favorite landscape photo locations in Fuerteventura, Canary Islands.  It is situated in a nature reserve (Parque Natural de Jandía) in the western part of the Jandia peninsula. Fuerteventura itself was declared a biosphere reserve by UNESCO in May 2009. Another reason I like to visit this place.

You have to drive up a rather steep 4×4-preferred dirt road featuring nasty blind curves and then over an extremely windy mountain pass to get back down the other side and then to this remote outpost popular with daring international surfer types.

You will not find any sunbathers and swimmers here. It’s too windy with sideways blowing sand stinging any exposed skin like little pinpricks.

No boats can come ashore, it’s too dangerous. No cell phone coverage, no medical facilities, but there is a small lonely bar in case you get thirsty. Mostly it is just a LOT of wind, and miles and miles of unspoiled beaches and beauty.

One thing that did capture my eyes were these creaky old doors that looked as though no one had passed through them in months, if not years. In particular they were literally only about a hundred yards from the shoreline and perfectly positioned just so to allow the background and volcanic peak to come into view. I promise I did not touch them!

“Welcome” [Cofete, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands – 2013]

It was only after walking around to the side of the doors and looking over a broken down low wall that I came to realize this was not an old building slowly fading away into the sand, but actually the entrance to an abandoned beachside cemetery!

So “Welcome” is more than just a title for this photo, depending upon your outlook and situation! Nevertheless it’s one of my favorite memories of that particular trip.

 

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