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** La Geria **

**  La Geria  **
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Copyright: Carol Dorion (CAROL50) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 853 W: 113 N: 2287] (8960)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-11
Categories: Daily Life, Event
Camera: Minolta X700
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-02-20 11:08
Viewed: 1906
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today's photo originates from the Canary islands , precisely from Lanzarote the easternmost island of the archipel , only 125 kms off the coast of Africa. The region of Lanzarote called 'La Geria ' is where wine is produced in a very special and peculiar way.
Indeed this region is a fascinating wine growing region as the view of thousands of semi-circular walls surrounding hollows scraped from the thick layer of 'Picon'( the porous volcanic granules that trap the moisture ) each containing a single vine make this a truly agricultural landscape , this uniqua method of cultivation gives the region its unique appearance.In order to protect the vines from the Trade Winds the farmers have built those semi-circular walls , despite Lanzarote's arid climate the layer of picon is able to trap enough moisture to feed the vines. Most of the wine ( approx 75% ) that is produced in Lazarote is Malvasia which is one of the oldest varieties of grape. Naturally a drive through La Geria is recommended as is a visit to one of the many Bodegas where you can taste the local wine. I did !
Thank you for looking ,
Little post-procssing here , just removed some of the noise , a little contrast , sharpening and a frame ,

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Hello Carol,

A most unusual vineyard indeed. Great colors, focus and view! I really enjoyed reading your note; it was very interesting.


Bonjour Carol

Incroyable!!!Je suis originaire de la région la plus prestigieuse du monde en matière viticole,à savoir la champagne où les vignes sont très biens soignées...mais là,je dois dire que je suis stupéfaite!!!

Oh Lanzarote, surrealistic and beautiful land. I guess you visited some Cesar Manrique´s great art works.
I like the huge DOF captured here enhanced by the vertical frame. The special plantation in foreground, the construction in the middle and the volcanic mountains in background.


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