Purple Sunset From A Few Nights Ago

It’s looking like it may be a great sunset tonight which reminded me that I didn’t share a photo from a few nights ago.

I sat near a Cork Oak and waited until the moment the sky changed from orange to darkness and captured it with a purple haze giving a nice light. These colours within photos often look a little strange which I think is due to the fact that the sky only stays this colour for a very short time.

Purple Sunset In The Hills Of The Algarve
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Reflections At The Local Barragem

On my morning Dog walks I’ve noticed that the local Barragem (Portuguese for dam, but also used to name a reservoir) water has been very still and the reflection amazing. So, this morning I also took my camera for a walk with the Dog.

Whilst letting Wally run around exploring the Barragem surroundings, I took a few reflection photos.

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Barragem Reflection

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The Rain Has Saturated The Landacape

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

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.