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Sunset high in the Algarve Serra

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Last night I went to the top of a nearby ridge to capture what I hoped would be a great sunset. In case it wasn’t quite what I hoped, I took a shot before sunset to silhouette a young Cork Oak Tree in the foreground. Once the sun had set, it didn’t quite go to plan, the sky didn’t turn the fiery red I was hoping for, however, as you see in the 2nd photo, there was a very short moment where the sky was full of many different colours.

The mountains you see in the distance where the clouds have gathered is Monchique and Foia (the highest point in the Algarve) viewed from behind.

Young Cork Oak in the Algarve Serra at Sunset
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The Tree Of Life

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Sometimes photo opportunities come to you. I was sitting in the house shopping on Amazon for a new WiFi Router (my current one keeps playing up) when I looked out of the back terrace and could see the top of a nearby ridge with the trees silhouetted by the setting sun (Further explanation of the shot below the photo).

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Tree Of Life
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The White Storks Are Returning To Our Village

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White Storks are very common in the Algarve and they are now returning from their short winter break in Africa. Our local village has a small number that spend the warmer months here.

This evening, I decided to shoot a silhouette of a Stork against the glow of the setting sun. Silhouette shots always work well when the object being silhouetted can easily be identified, this made the Stork perched on top of the nest perfect. I had to wait a long time before he/she decided to stand up.

As you can see from this photo, White Storks regularly build their nests on top of electricity poles. The place to see White Storks in abundance in the Algarve is the town of Silves, I am planning a session to capture photos and videos which will be coming soon.

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White Stork Silhouette At Sunset
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Dinosaur In The Garden?

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At first glance this may look like a Triceratops, but it’s a Male European Rhinoceros Beetle. It’s easily identified as a male, the female doesn’t have the “horn”.

I spotted both a Male and Female in the garden tonight and the Male was silhouetted by a garden light. So I quickly grabbed the camera from the house and took this silhouette photo.

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European Rhinoceros Beetle (Male) - Oryctes nasicornis - D810, AF-S 300mm f/2.8 @ 300mm, f/7.1, ISO400, 1sec - {Flickr Link}

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