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The Rain Has Saturated The Landacape

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After no rain here in São Marcos da Serra for almost 6 months (last rained at the beginning of June), 2 days of Autumnal showers, sometimes heavy, have already transformed the landscape. A combination of the washing away of dust and a well needed drink for the wild trees and plants means they are looking very green already. Soon the grasses will start to grow and transform the hillsides of the Algarve.

I took this photo of an unharvested Cork Oak Tree in a small wooded area we are lucky to own. The cork is due for harvesting next summer where I’ll certainly document. 

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After the First Rain

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Summer Sunset Colours Return to the Algarve

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June is upon us and the African weather influence has well and truly arrived in the Algarve. Here in the Serra, the temperatures are now consistently above 30 degree Celsius (86 Fahrenheit) every day.

This warm african weather also brings the amazing colours at sunset (and indeed Sunrise). I look forward to getting out at both Sunrise and Sunset to capture some great scenes.

Here’s a quick photo I snapped this evening, a silhouette of the very common Blue Gum Eucalyptus Tree against a stunning sky.

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Blue Gum Eucalyptus Silhouette Sunset - D810, AF-S 300mm f/2.8 @ 300mm, f/8, ISO200, 1/400sec (Metering set to Matrix and a -1EV Exposure Adjustment to give the silhouette) - {Flickr Link}

The Blue Gum Eucalyptus covers a lot of Portugal, however, it’s not natural here. It was introduced from Tasmania (yes, these are the ones you see Koala’s hugging) in the 1850’s and as it self-seeds and grows very quickly, it covers large areas.

Autumn Colours

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I was looking for some Autumn colours (with red as well as gold) today and struggled at Branston Water Park (Staffordshire) but I did see the sun shining through these trees that had a little red colour and thought it would capture well.

The shot is made up from 5 Bracketed shots of 1/13, 1/15, 1/20, 1/25 and 1/30sec (0.3EV) and then merged as a HDR in Lightroom

The warm weather might be disappearing after today, but at least we have the colours to look forward to.

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Autumn Colours
Autumn Colours – D810, AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8 @ 14mm, f/11, ISO64, 5 Bracketed Shots – {Flickr Link}

Edited photos from today’s Solar Eclipse

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I can’t believe how lucky we were in the Midlands this morning with the clear skies. Only right at the end did the clouds obscure the sun/moon combo which is why I’ve not got a 6th photo. You’ll notice that some of the shots are right down at f/40, never thought I’d be shooting that stopped down, but it seemed to work just fine. If you look at the first photo closely, you can see some dark Sun Spots.

This is one great thing with the Nikon D7100, it shoots at a maximum shutter speed of 1/8000sec which certainly helped today.

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Partial Eclipse. D7100, AF-S 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 400mm, f/40, ISO100, 1/8000, ND8 and Circ Pol filters - {Flickr Link}
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