This Instagram life

It’s so beautiful here at Pico do Arieiro in Madeira that I can hardly be bothered to take photographs. I’m at 1,800m above sea level and above the sea of clouds below. Intense shafts of light are illuminating the volcanic rock valleys below. There’s so much cloud it looks like the dry ice at a heavy metal concert.

Madeira - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

There are very few higher clouds so I don’t think the sunset is going to be too spectacular, but the views are marvellous.

Madeira - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

There are a couple of raised spots, where natural stones protrude, giving the best position for panoramic views. There’s a small queue of people waiting to take their place to do headstands or pose for Instagram portraits. As I watch, this group get out a huge folding light reflector and reflect golden light on the young woman’s face.

This Instagram Life - Madeira - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

It’ll look perfect and effortless on Instagram, as if they’re really enjoying themselves. I just hope they managed to savour the moment.

It’s beautiful here looking away from the sun too, with an intense pink horizon.

Madeira - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

I’m the only one here now.

Madeira - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

I’m experiencing it as if it’s the only time I’ll ever be here, which is a bit silly because it’s been so nice I’m going to come up here tomorrow evening as well. That’s because it’s so spectacular here, but also because I forgot to take a photograph of myself I can put on Instagram.

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