Missing the Green of the Azores

I think I could live here: Achada, São Miguel, Açores

While the colours of autumn in many parts of Canada are reds and golden yellows, in the Azores it still remains green well into October. Or so that’s how I remember it from several visits I made to São Miguel over the last ten years. It’s one of my favourite months to meander through the trails and roads along the Nordeste region, especially in the village of Achada, where I stay.

Hortênsias, or novelões, as I learned to call the hydrangeas of my childhood, had already faded their summer colours of deep blues, vibrant pinks and whites, but I still loved walking by them, growing wild along the edges of roads and stone fences.

The Conteira (Hedychium gardnerianum), is also a plant that grows wild everywhere. I was lucky to see many of these flowers still holding on to their summer yellow.

Ideally, I should have gone in summers to see the vibrant colours that adorn the island, but there is a beauty in the lingering plant life of October. I don’t know if all this changes in November as the days become shorter and the weather less amenable. I suppose it does, but I have never gone to visit that late in the year.  Suffice it for me to be content with the memory of green.

I hope to walk here again someday. Oxalá, se Deus quizer.

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23 Responses to Missing the Green of the Azores

  1. Dawn Wink says:

    Stunning, Emanuel. Thanks ever so much for sharing this beauty of the Azores!
    Much gratitude,
    Dawn

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  2. Kathie B says:

    Oh Emanuel, I get the same saudades every winter for my native San Francisco Bay Area (similar climate to the Azores), so I empathize with you.

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  3. Esmeralda says:

    Lovely photos, Emanuel. Fall does bring a certain kind of beauty doesn’t it. My favourite? Blue hydrangeas, of course 😉

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  4. dulcedelgado says:

    Se eu, que não sou açoriana lembro muitas vezes as belezas, o verde e as flores dos Açores, imagino quem lá tem as suas raízes, apesar de estar longe.
    Recordo, da primeira vez que fui aos Açores (ilha das Flores), logo no inicio dos anos oitenta e num mês de Julho, o fascínio que o verde, as hortênsias e as cana-rocas/conteiras tiveram sobre mim. Elas estavam em todo o lado, sempre vivas e belas.
    Reencontrei posteriormente essa imagem de todas as vezes que lá fui. E sempre fico maravilhada.
    Por isso, percebo tão bem o Emanuel!

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    • thetorzorean says:

      Obrigado, Dulce. Fico contente em saber que já esteve nas ilhas dos Açores e que dá valor aos sentimentos deste que ainda tem as suas raizes profundamente na ilha em que nasceu apesar de florir no Canada quase toda a vida. Abraço, Emanuel

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  5. What a beautiful place to meander. Hydrangeas are so beautiful, even in their last stages. I have tried planting them a few times but have had no joy. It is nice to see them growing wild as your lovely photos show. 🌺

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    • thetorzorean says:

      I only have one hydrangea plant in my garden and this year it did not bloom. I don’t know why but then I don’t know much about gardening except that I enjoy having and looking at plants and flowers. Hope it will bloom next year. Thanks for your lovely comment.

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      • Yes. They are tricky. Buy some hydrangea food. That might do it. Good luck. 💜

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      • thetorzorean says:

        Thanks for the tip. But it will have to wait until next year. Today the temperature is minus one in Toronto. We have a small dusting of snow covering the ground and all my plants are going to hibernate for the long cold months ahead. A good day to be indoors!

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      • Kathie B says:

        Did you overfeed it nitrogen? That could stimulate excessive foliage growth, at the expense of blossoms. (This is generally true for plants, not just hydrangeas).

        Caroline’s suggestion of specifically formulated hydrangea food might do the trick. (Of course, we garden organically, so would apply homemade compost).

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  6. Eu sou uma grande vergonha Emanuel, confesso que nunca visitei os Açores e, tenho imensa curiosidade em o fazer. Mas ainda não se proporcionou que tal acontecesse. Tudo o que vejo sobre os Açores, desperta-me um verdadeiro encantamento, tudo tão belo. E eu, não sei porquê, acabo sempre por ir parar a outras paragens. Sim, é vergonhoso da minha parte.
    Mas, um dia irei, tenho imensa vontade de conhecer.
    Um abraço e uma boa semana.

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  7. Ilda says:

    Saudades, indeed, Emanuel, of everything Azorean. Distance and Covid make the heart grow fonder.

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  8. Alex Antunes says:

    Olá, Emanuel!
    Que lindas fotos! Lindas flores! Contemplar a beleza das flores e da natureza faz bem a alma.
    Acho interessante notar que a natureza está em harmonia com a civilização.
    Infelizmente, nos países em desenvolvimento, como o Brasil, há muito degradação ambiental. Espero que um dia consigamos ter harmonia com a natureza como em Açores e em outros lugares da Europa.

    P.S.: Emanuel como está o tempo agora em Toronto? Está cinzento? Quando começa a nevar?

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  9. Alex Antunes says:

    Kathie B, as we don’t have snow in Brazil, we tend to get amazed with it. (Como nós não temos neve no Brasil, nós temos a tendência de nos maravilhar com ela.)

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  10. Um dos sítios mais belos da ilha! O concelho do Nordeste é simplesmente lindo!
    😀
    Gostei do artigo! 😀
    Abraço,
    Nuno

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