I Usually Like It When Nature Finds Me, Not Last Night

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Being a Nature Photographer, my life is made much easier when nature finds me rather than me going out in search of it. However, in the early hours of this morning nature found me in a drastic way.

I love a good thunderstorm and here in the dark hills of the Algarve it can put on a great show. Last night it got a bit too close.

Around 3am I was awoken by an approaching storm, the rain was battering the roof and faint flashes of lightening followed by thunder was approaching. Within 10 minutes, it was overhead and I was lying in bed watching the flashes. Suddenly, there was a bright but small flash with a loud bang followed by a huge bright flash and an incredible crackling boom. This sound coincided with the sound of things breaking and being thrown through the air and even smashing glass.

I won’t type what I actually shouted as I jumped out of bed but I thought a window had broken so my first thoughts were our cats.

The power had tripped so with just our torches on our mobile phones we opened the bedroom door to find pieces of plastic on the floor. I picked it up and realised it was an exploded ADSL filter, quite a long way from the telephone socket. The power was fine, it had tripped on the board so with light returned I could investigate the damage. There was no broken window it was an outside lamp that had been broken by a flying plastic door! The lightening strike had gotten into the telephone line and exploded the cables, connectors and ADSL filter. It had blown the socket off the wall, the modem in the router had exploded and the strike travelled into my LAN (wired network in the house) taking out a few components along the way. The home phone also exploded.

MEO router destroyed

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Rainbow Over Portimão

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A heavy shower hit this morning just as I was getting back in the car from a sunrise shoot at Ferragudo. As I was about to reverse the car I noticed this rainbow in the mirror.

I grabbed the camera and took this very quick shot as it was actually pouring with rain at the time. I didn’t notice the 2nd rainbow, but the camera picked it up.

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Angry Sunset

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Wow, if it wasn’t for my friend Roy, I would have missed this. I was busy locked away in my studio which currently has no windows (I’m working on it!) and Roy sent a photo of the skies. I dropped everything headed outside and set the camera up at a storm rolling in. Could I get a lightning fork coming out of what looked like a scene from a Sci-Fi?

Oh yes, what a dramatic sunset tonight!

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Angry Sunset
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The Quinta Was A Natural Stadium For A Passing Storm

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If you live in Portugal, you may have noticed we had some unexpected storms this afternoon. One particular storm passed to the north of the Quinta and as we are on top of a hill, our view north-east as the angry clouds passed us by was amazing.

I set the camera up to constantly take photos and I captured 8 separate strikes. It wasn’t one of our usual heavy, loud, wet and windy storms, but amazing to watch it pass us by.

Here are all 8 strikes merged into one photo.

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Passing Thunder Storm
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Steam Fog On The River

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Winter has hit the Algarve and whilst temperatures are still hitting 20+ during the days, the nights are cold.

Last night my sensor reached exactly 0.0 Celsius on my back terrace which meant that other areas locally dropped below freezing. There was a widespread frost that was stunning but my attention was directed at the Steam Fog Rising from the river.

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Morning Steam Fog

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Pre-Storm Sunset

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Hurricane Leslie was kind to the Algarve deciding to stay out to sea off the West Coast on its passage towards Lisbon where it will reach ground. Up here in the hills of the Algarve, we can just about make out the weather front in the distance and it provided some colour in the sky.

For everyone in the path of the Hurricane, please keep safe and of course, keep your animals safe too!

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Pre-Storm Sunset
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