The story behind: Standing in the center of old part of the small mountainous town of Covilhã and being surprised by these delicate net of high level clouds I took my camera and shoot a photo. Low temperatures, crystal clear views , snow covered mountain peaks and orange trees ready for harvest always make me feel happy here. This is my place - I thought.
The story behind: Last Friday I took a flight from Porto to Ponta Delgada to the main Azorean Island of São Miguel. I had little expectation as far as taking photos was concerned because winter weather struck the islands very hard. How harsh can winters be on the islands ? - you may ask. Oh yes, they can be pretty harsh - I would reply.
A couple of days ago the Westernmost island of the archipelago, the small island of Corvo, was cut off from the exterior world for 18 days ! No flight or boat could reach the island and its population of 500 people. Gusty winds and 1o meters high waves struck the island really hard.As I landed in Ponta Delgada the sky was covered with heavy clouds and it was raining. No photos this time, I murmured. Until Sunday the weather was practically the same. In the early afternoon as I was driving and approaching a small settlement of Arrifes, suddenly the sky opened up and I got this view in front of my eyes. Thank you Lord - I thought.
The story behind: After a week of the almost continuous raining finally the sun was back. These wet days with almost 100% of humidity coming from the Atlantic ocean don´t allow you even to think of getting out or taking landscape photos. So yesterday when the sun and our mild winter temperatures of 18º C were back, I didn´t hesitate too long and packed the gear and drove south from Porto. I arrived the the site quite early ( at mid day ) so I had plenty of time to walk and explore. I started at the southern part of the village and walked along the beach until in the late afternoon I found this small and beautiful fishermen´s boat parked. The sky was covered with clouds on different attitudes that helped very much with beautiful light-diffusion, turning the atmosphere very red, something I'm only used to seeing in winter. The sun was behind the clouds. The higher clouds were actually moving quite quickly yet there was little or no wind which made the mild evening temperatures quite comfortable. The water was calm but the high tide was moving quickly so I had to rush things up and started shooting photos.
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