. . . does not reveal itself to just anyone. Can you find it through the mist?
Taken from the rim of a huge volcanic crater on Faial island in the Azores. This is looking down the slopes of the volcano, which are now covered in hydrangeas and junipers, and lead down to the bright blue sea (whichever part of the rim you are on - the volcano is in the centre of the island, so you can see the entire coastline, as well as all of the other islands in the central group: Pico, Sao Jorge, and Terceira and Graciosa in the distance on a clear day). The view over the other side is a sheer drop of a few hundred metres into the crater itself, which used to contain a lake, but the water drained away when an earthquake opened up cracks in the ground. It really is a hidden paradise - unless you venture into the centre of the island you would never know it was there, and even when you are driving up to it you can't see it until you walk through this mossy tunnel and stand at the viewpoint on the other side. It's a truly breathtaking view, and one of my favourite places in the world.
I don't stand a chance of winning this contest, as I can't afford a fancy camera and the other entries are amazing, but hey, it's the taking part that counts, no?