Although I love to share the stories behind my photos, I felt that this collection – taken from our recent trip to the island of Madeira, Portugal – speaks for itself.


Leitao boat in Madeira

Madeira coastline

Madeira coastal rocks

lizard in Madeira

madeira natural pool and bathers

Madeira beach umbrellas

hydrangea in Madeira

window on pink house in Madeira

Old people crossing in Madeira

Birds of Paradise in Madeira

swan in Madeira

Madeira musician

historic ship off the coast of Madeira

Madeira at night


  1. ma says:

    Ah, so beautiful, luscious Madeira. I esp loved the lil old folks sign! Need to get that to put up outside my house! So much blue! Wonderful pix, pix!

    • Joana says:

      Thanks, MM!

      I sure do love you, and you don’t need an old fogies sign…yet.;-)

      XOX, pxl

      On Mon, Sep 15, 2014 at 7:58 PM, JOANA MIRANDA STUDIO wrote:


    • Joana says:

      Hi Helen,

      The hydrangea was growing up on the mountain top (wild), but I didn’t see any growing on any of the beaches. Madeira has an incredible climate, and because it’s got coast and mountains (and everything in between) the farmers can tailor what they grow to the varied geographical conditions of the islands. In other words, down near the ocean you have tropical fruits and veggies (lots of bananas!), but as you ascend into the mountains you get wine grapes, chestnuts, and lots of other fun things.

      We actually were not there at the best time since it is hot and humid in late August and some of the flowers are at the end of their season; but even so being there was an exotic treat.

      XOX – Joana

      On Tue, Sep 16, 2014 at 5:11 PM, JOANA MIRANDA STUDIO wrote:


  2. Susan says:

    Your photos are stunning. Oh my, so love the standing woman under the umbrella, the window and pink building…oh to be there now.

    • Joana says:

      Thanks so much, Susan! September into early October (now, basically) is one of the best times to be in Madeira. While I’m certainly not complaining, in late August when we were there it was fairly hot and surprisingly humid. I sort of expected fresher sea breezes, but then again the island is more on the latitude of Morocco than Lisbon.

      I have some more pictures to post, but first need to get more into a rhythm with my illustrations again.

      I hope you are well! Joana

      On Tue, Sep 16, 2014 at 9:21 PM, JOANA MIRANDA STUDIO wrote:


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