The Story of Cochineal in the Canary Islands

Just over 60 miles off the western coast of Morocco lie the Canary Islands: seven Spanish islands that are historically considered the bridge between Africa, Asia, and Europe. Within this deep history lies the story of cochineal, a small insect that grows on prickly pear cactus and produces a spectrum of red, from soft lilacs to deep crimson. To understand the Canaries, to understand the color red, you have to understand cochineal. 
So, that’s what we set out to do. Two photographers, we met in Montana a decade ago, and later made a pact to take a workshop together every year. This year, we decided to go on an adventure instead, to follow the story of cochineal on the Canary Islands—first, on the lush and tropical Gran Canaria and then on black, volcanic Lanzarote." -excerpt from fellow photographer and decade-long friend, Greta Rybus' and my article in the latest issue of Knit Wit Magazine.
All images ©Rebecca Stumpf for Knit Wit Magazine

 Cochineal dying in Gran Canaria in The Canary Islands by RebeccaStumpf.Food.Travel.Lifestyle.Denver.Boulder.Colorado.Photographer
 Chana Perrera of the association Milana in Lanzarote, Canary Islands harvests cochineal in her field of prickly pear cacti by RebeccaStumpf.Food.Travel.Lifestyle.Denver.Boulder.Colorado.Photographer
 A detail of cochineal being transferred between cacti with the use of a mesh bag in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands by RebeccaStumpf.Food.Travel.Lifestyle.Denver.Boulder.Colorado.Photographer
 A detail of cochineal in a tray with a harvesting spoon in the Canary Islands by RebeccaStumpf.Food.Travel.Lifestyle.Denver.Boulder.Colorado.Photographer
 Lorenzo Perez, Jr., harvests cochineal at his farm Canaturex in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands by RebeccaStumpf.Food.Travel.Lifestyle.Denver.Boulder.Colorado.Photographer
 Details of yarn dyed with cochineal in the Canary Islands by RebeccaStumpf.Food.Travel.Lifestyle.Denver.Boulder.Colorado.Photographer
 Hands holding two cups of natural dye liquid with cochineal...various shades by RebeccaStumpf.Food.Travel.Lifestyle.Denver.Boulder.Colorado.Photographer
 Uli Güse is a natural dyer in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands by RebeccaStumpf.Food.Travel.Lifestyle.Denver.Boulder.Colorado.Photographer
 Detail of dried cochineal ready to be used for natural dyes by RebeccaStumpf.Food.Travel.Lifestyle.Denver.Boulder.Colorado.Photographer
 Chana Perrera at Association Milana in Lanzarote, Canary Islands poses with freshly harvested cochineal by RebeccaStumpf.Food.Travel.Lifestyle.Denver.Boulder.Colorado.Photographer
 Lorenzo Perez Sr, and Jr., harvest cochineal in Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands by RebeccaStumpf.Food.Travel.Lifestyle.Denver.Boulder.Colorado.Photographer
 Chana Perrera at Association Milana in Lanzarote, Canary Islands poses with a scarf dyed with cochineal by RebeccaStumpf.Food.Travel.Lifestyle.Denver.Boulder.Colorado.Photographer
 A scarf dyed with cochineal blows in the wind by RebeccaStumpf.Food.Travel.Lifestyle.Denver.Boulder.Colorado.Photographer

The Canary Islands - Part Two

 

My decade-long friend and Maine-based photographer Greta Rybus and I collaborated on a handful of stories in the Canary Islands, located off the western coast of Morocco. We're still preparing some stories for publication, but I couldn't wait to share some outtakes from our trip! Part two.
All images ©Rebecca Stumpf

 People enjoy La Geria winery in Lanzarote, Canary Islands, by Rebecca Stumpf RebeccaStumpf.Food.Travel.Lifestyle.Denver.Boulder.Colorado.Photographer
 Gran Canaria road scene in the Canary Islands by RebeccaStumpf.Food.Travel.Lifestyle.Denver.Boulder.Colorado.Photographer
 Greta Rybus in the Canary Islands by RebeccaStumpf.Food.Travel.Lifestyle.Denver.Boulder.Colorado.Photographer
 Detail of a crumbling wall in the Canary Islands by RebeccaStumpf.Food.Travel.Lifestyle.Denver.Boulder.Colorado.Photographer
 A courtyard restaurant in Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands by RebeccaStumpf.Food.Travel.Lifestyle.Denver.Boulder.Colorado.Photographer
 Old photos and a map from early Canary Islands history on a wall by RebeccaStumpf.Food.Travel.Lifestyle.Denver.Boulder.Colorado.Photographer
 A giant succulent plant in the Canary Islands by RebeccaStumpf.Food.Travel.Lifestyle.Denver.Boulder.Colorado.Photographer
 A street scene in Lanzarote, Canary Islands by RebeccaStumpf.Food.Travel.Lifestyle.Denver.Boulder.Colorado.Photographer
 People ride camels at Timanfaya National Park in Lanzarote, Canary Islands by RebeccaStumpf.Food.Travel.Lifestyle.Denver.Boulder.Colorado.Photographer
 A couple of people enjoy a still moment at the former home of renowned architect, César Manrique by RebeccaStumpf.Food.Travel.Lifestyle.Denver.Boulder.Colorado.Photographer
 A woman looks around the courtyard at Hotel Palacio Ico in Teguise, Lanzarote, Canary Islands by RebeccaStumpf.Food.Travel.Lifestyle.Denver.Boulder.Colorado.Photographer
 Fresh limpets in Lanzarote, Canary Islands by RebeccaStumpf.Food.Travel.Lifestyle.Denver.Boulder.Colorado.Photographer
 A simple white traditional house in Lanzarote, Canary Islands by RebeccaStumpf.Food.Travel.Lifestyle.Denver.Boulder.Colorado.Photographer
 Portrait of Greta Rybus in the Canary Islands by RebeccaStumpf.Food.Travel.Lifestyle.Denver.Boulder.Colorado.Photographer
 A winding road in Tenerife in the Canary Islands by RebeccaStumpf.Food.Travel.Lifestyle.Denver.Boulder.Colorado.Photographer
 Details of black volcanic beach rocks in Lanzarote, Canary Islands by RebeccaStumpf.Food.Travel.Lifestyle.Denver.Boulder.Colorado.Photographer
 A woman enjoys a swimming hole in La Gomera, Canary Islands by RebeccaStumpf.Food.Travel.Lifestyle.Denver.Boulder.Colorado.Photographer
 A Lanzarotan breakfast in the Canary Islands at Hotel Palacio Ico by RebeccaStumpf.Food.Travel.Lifestyle.Denver.Boulder.Colorado.Photographer

The Canary Islands - Part One

My decade-long friend and Maine-based photographer Greta Rybus and I collaborated on a handful of stories in the Canary Islands, located off the western coast of Morocco. We're still preparing some stories for publication, but I couldn't wait to share some outtakes from our trip!
All images ©Rebecca Stumpf

 A Lanzarotan road in the Canary Islands by Rebecca Stumpf, Denver Boulder Colorado Editorial and Commercial Photographer.
 A coastal town in the Canary Islands by Rebecca Stumpf, Denver Boulder Colorado Editorial and Commercial Photographer.
 A comedor along the highway in the Canary Islands by Rebecca Stumpf, Denver Boulder Colorado Editorial and Commercial Photographer.
 Coffee in the Canary Islands by Rebecca Stumpf, Denver Boulder Colorado Editorial and Commercial Photographer.
 Two women enjoy the view in the Canary Islands by Rebecca Stumpf, Denver Boulder Colorado Editorial and Commercial Photographer.
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 Prickly Pear fruit in the Canary Islands by Rebecca Stumpf, Denver Boulder Colorado Editorial and Commercial Photographer.
 People enjoy the ferry from Tenerife to La Gomera in Canary Islands by Rebecca Stumpf, Denver Boulder Colorado Editorial and Commercial Photographer.
 Sunset over La Hermigua in the Canary Islands by Rebecca Stumpf, Denver Boulder Colorado Editorial and Commercial Photographer.
 A local swimming hole in La Hermigua in the Canary Islands by Rebecca Stumpf, Denver Boulder Colorado Editorial and Commercial Photographer.
 A woman poses as a local swimming hole in the Canary Islands by Rebecca Stumpf, Denver Boulder Colorado Editorial and Commercial Photographer.
 Algae at a local swimming hole in La Gomera in the Canary Islands by Rebecca Stumpf Denver Boulder Colorado Editorial and Commercial Food Travel and Lifestyle Photographer.
 Banana in La Gomera in the Canary Islands by Rebecca Stumpf, Colorado Lifestyle Travel Food Editorial and Commercial Photographer
 Sheep graze in the Canary Islands by Rebecca Stumpf, Denver Boulder Colorado Editorial and Commercial Photographer.
 A man bikes up a winding road in Tenerife in the Canary Islands by Rebecca Stumpf, Denver Boulder Colorado Editorial and Commercial Photographer.
 A man tends to his camels on Lanzarote in the Canary Islands by Rebecca Stumpf, Denver Boulder Colorado Editorial and Commercial Photographer.
 A man walks his camel in Timanfaya National Park in the Canary Islands by Rebecca Stumpf, Denver Boulder Colorado Editorial and Commercial Photographer.
 A woman collects volcanic rocks in the Canary Islands by Rebecca Stumpf, Denver Boulder Colorado Editorial and Commercial Photographer.
 A typical meal of grilled fish and salted potatoes in the Canary Islands by Rebecca Stumpf, Denver Boulder Colorado Editorial and Commercial Photographer.
 A man weaves baskets in his studio on Lanzarote in the Canary Islands by Rebecca Stumpf, Denver Boulder Colorado Editorial and Commercial Photographer.
 Simple cacti in the Canary Islands by Rebecca Stumpf, Denver Boulder Colorado Editorial and Commercial Photographer.
 The mirador near La Hermigua in La Gomera in the Canary Islands by Rebecca Stumpf, Boulder, Denver, Colorado Lifestyle, Travel, Food Editorial and Commercial Photographer.
 A woman looks out the mirador of La Gomera in the Canary Islands by Rebecca Stumpf, Colorado Editorial and Commercial Photographer specializing in Food, Travel, Lifestyle Photography.
 A man relaxes at a street-side cafe in the Canary Islands by Rebecca Stumpf, Denver Boulder Colorado Editorial and Commercial Photographer.
 A typical Lanzarotan landscape in the Canary Islands by Rebecca Stumpf, Denver Boulder Colorado Editorial and Commercial Photographer.

Los Angeles, Malibu, and Southern California Travels

Some favorite images from travels in southern California.
All images ©Rebecca Stumpf

 A woman enjoys the view over Los Angeles from the Griffith Observatory by Rebecca Stumpf Colorado Denver Boulder Editorial and Commercial Photographer
 A woman enjoys the view over Los Angeles from the Griffith Observatory by Rebecca Stumpf Colorado Denver Boulder Editorial and Commercial Photographer
 Los Angeles Air B n B style by Rebecca Stumpf Colorado Denver Boulder Editorial and Commercial Photographer.
 A man enjoys the view of Los Angeles from the Griffith Observatory by Denver Boulder Colorado Editorial and Commercial Photographer Rebecca Stumpf, specializing in food, lifestyle, and travel.
 A man enjoys the view of Los Angeles from the Griffith Observatory by Denver Boulder Colorado Editorial and Commercial Photographer Rebecca Stumpf, specializing in food, lifestyle, and travel.
 Two women explore the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Grounds 
 The Los Angeles County Museum of Art Building by Rebecca Stumpf Colorado Denver Boulder Editorial and Commercial Photographer
 Landscapes of Los Angeles by Rebecca Stumpf Colorado Denver Boulder Editorial and Commercial Photographer
 Malibu Farm Restaurant by Rebecca Stumpf Colorado Denver Boulder Editorial and Commercial Lifesttyle Food Travel Photographer
 People enjoy the Malibu Pier by Denver Boulder Colorado Editorial and Commercial Photographer Rebecca Stumpf, specializing in food, lifestyle, and travel.
 A woman enjoys the Miami Pier by Rebecca Stumpf Colorado Denver Boulder Editorial and Commercial Photographer
 A woman enjoys the view over Los Angeles from the Griffith Observatory by Rebecca Stumpf Colorado Denver Boulder Editorial and Commercial Photographer
 The counter at the Gjusta Bakery in Los Angeles by Rebecca Stumpf Colorado Denver Boulder Editorial and Commercial Lifestyle Food Photographer
 Two women enjoy the view of Los Angeles from the Griffith Observatory by Denver Boulder Colorado Editorial and Commercial Photographer Rebecca Stumpf, specializing in food, lifestyle, and travel photography.
 A man spends time at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Denver Boulder Colorado Editorial and Commercial Photographer Rebecca Stumpf, specializing in food, lifestyle, and travel.
 A woman enjoys the Griffith Observatory by Rebecca Stumpf Colorado Denver Boulder Editorial and Commercial Photographer
 Malibu Beach by Rebecca Stumpf Colorado Denver Boulder Editorial and Commercial Photographer
 Malibu Farm, a restaurant out on the Malibu Pier by Rebecca Stumpf Colorado Denver Boulder Editorial and Commercial Food Travel and Lifestyle Photographer
 A woman enjoys the view over Los Angeles from the Griffith Observatory by Rebecca Stumpf Colorado Denver Boulder Editorial and Commercial Photographer
 Jams and jars and sauces and things at Gjusta in Los Angeles by Rebecca Stumpf Colorado Denver Boulder Editorial and Commercial Travel Photographer
 A window in Los Angeles by Rebecca Stumpf Colorado Denver Boulder Editorial and Commercial Food, Travel, and Lifestyle Photographer
 People enjoy the view over Los Angeles at the Griffith Observatory by Rebecca Stumpf, Denver Boulder Colorado Editorial and Commercial Photographer.

Homebody for 5280 Home

Homebody shot for 5280 Home Magazine, April 2018.
All images ©Rebecca Stumpf for 5280 Home

 Homebody shop in Denver, Colorado, shot for 5280 Home by Rebecca Stumpf Denver Boulder Editorial and Commercial Photographer Food Travel Lifestyle
 Homebody Shop in Denver, Colorado shot for 5280 Home by Rebecca Stumpf Denver Boulder, Colorado Editorial and Commercial Food Travel Lifestyle Photographer
 Homebody shop in Denver, Colorado, shot for 5280 Home by Rebecca Stumpf Denver Boulder Editorial and Commercial Photographer Food Travel Lifestyle
 Homebody shop in Denver, Colorado, shot for 5280 Home by Rebecca Stumpf Denver Boulder Editorial and Commercial Photographer Food Travel Lifestyle Photographer
 Dory Pratt of Homebody shop in Denver, Colorado, shot for 5280 Home by Rebecca Stumpf Denver Boulder Editorial and Commercial Photographer Food Travel Lifestyle
 Homebody shop in Denver, Colorado, shot for 5280 Home by Rebecca Stumpf Denver Boulder Editorial and Commercial Photographer Food Travel Lifestyle Photographer
 Homebody shop in Denver, Colorado, shot for 5280 Home by Rebecca Stumpf Denver Boulder Editorial and Commercial Photographer Food Travel Lifestyle Photographer
 Homebody shop in Denver, Colorado, shot for 5280 Home April/May 2018 by Rebecca Stumpf Denver Boulder Editorial and Commercial Photographer Food Travel Lifestyle Photographer