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Rainy Sunrise At Ferragudo

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The weather promised that the rain would ease and the clouds would break. I woke at 5am to rain but put my trust in the weather forecast that insisted it was going to clear. I got in the car and I could see stars in the sky! Yes, it started to clear.

However, the 40 minute drive to Ferragudo and the clouds rolled in again. I waited hoping for some pre-sunrise shots, but the clouds made it far too dark. Then there was another break in the clouds just as the sun was rising. I setup on the beach and started to take some long exposures but the clouds just kept building and I couldn’t help notice a large rain shower approaching. Just as the sun was rising above the roof tops of Ferragudo, I shot the photo below. This is not what I was hoping for, but I was determined to come away with something, but I don’t really like it!

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Rainy Sunrise At Ferragudo
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Abandoned Palm Tree At Sunrise

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This morning was a great morning for a walk and was perfectly chosen by Anthony and his family who joined me for a Private Nature Walks. We saw and heard plenty of things as we walked my now famous Eagle Ridge route and yes we even spotted a Short Toed Eagle albeit very briefly. Of course, the Bee-Eaters were everywhere and to my amazement, I even spotted some new tunnel holes on my land, more about this soon!

However, whilst most were sleeping, I actually was up before sunrise this morning and decided to head out to a nearby Palm Tree that is next to a ruin that has been left to nature to capture the sun as it appeared above the ridge.

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Abandoned Palm At Sunrise
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A New Day In The Algarve Serra

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Yesterday morning I was up before the sun as I had to get ready for a 1-to-1 Workshop, the skies were clear and it was looking like a good sunrise so I gulped down a Coffee and headed outside.

Although sunrise was 7:14am, it took over 20 minutes before it appeared over the ridges of the Serra and it certainly didn’t disappoint.

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A New Day In The Algarve Serra
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The Sun Was Trying To Hide This Morning!

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I was awake at around sunrise this morning, I looked out of the bedroom window, which faces south, and couldn’t understand why the sky looked grey, but there wasn’t a cloud in my view. So I moved to the Northern side of the house and it was a different view completely.

We are having hot air coming over from Africa currently with temperatures yesterday reaching 43 degrees, it could get even higher over the next few days with rumor of it reaching 50! This warm air is also bringing dust and combined with a small cloud masking the sun, I could see an amazing sunrise coming.

Still in my “Oscar the Grouch” bed shorts (maybe too much info!) I grabbed a camera, lens and tripod and headed outside. Just a few moments later, this was the stunning view!

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Hide and Rise
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Misty Sunrise

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A few weeks ago, I was up before sunrise to get some mist filled valley shots but the mist was just too thick, you may remember this post.

I stumbled across another photo which at the time I didn’t like so never published anywhere, however, I have now changed my mind and here it is. The sun was rising to the right of the photo causing a purple haze to shine through the mist. The trees are Cork Oak and you can see where the bark has been harvested at the bottoms.

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Misty Sunrise
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Misty Morning

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After (more) rain yesterday and a slight increase in temperature, I thought that we’d get a misty morning in the hills this morning. The forecast was for clear skies, so a perfect opportunity for photographs looking over misty valleys.

I was up way before first light and headed to high ground in hope I would be above the mist, I wasn’t. It was thick mist everywhere, the sun came up and I couldn’t tell the difference. I gave up and reverted to Plan B. I pointed the camera at an old dead Cork Oak Tree and waited until the sun was strong enough to just about shine through.

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Cork Oak in the Sunrise Mist
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