Funchal, Madeira’s capital, was still in Christmas mood, with beautiful light displays brightening up the city at night. The night we visited, there was a concert in the park, where traditional songs for the time of Epiphany were sung. People used to go from door to door to sing these songs in honor of the three magi from the Christmas story. What a blessing to experience this!
In the western part of Madeira, near Ponta do Pargo, we hiked to our first levada, the Levada Nova. It runs here through a eucalyptus forest, which is not part of the indigenous flora of Madeira and is, to be honest, a bit dull. But the coastal views were lovely!
At the beginning of the new year I love to read Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s poem, written in December 1944 when he was in prison.
I wish you all happy holidays and a beautiful 2023!
It’s cold today, with temperatures below zero the whole day. It’s also beautiful!
Still a few leaves left in the forest!
In the coming months I’ll be spending some time in Amsterdam to teach a course on Christianity. The big city is slightly intimidating if you like to spend time in forests, but has its moments of beauty as well!
I had planned to photograph the fall colors (again), but this time I came home with these beautiful treasures of the forest!
I know I should be photographing the beautiful fall colors, but today this is my favorite photo, in moody black and white.