At the Edge of Light

This is a simple post, just to share some photos I took last week, when spending a few days in Longueira, in the SW Alentejo coastal region. End of September is synonym with tranquility: vacation time is over, school has started, so the crowds are gone. More than that, there is something special about the light in late September; the sun is lower in the sky, the air is crisper, and one can tell that Autumn is around the corner. It is a wonderful time to visit the area, and walk along the beaches and coastal paths.

It rained during one of the days, bringing the much needed water to the dry land. The following afternoon I took a walk just before sunset, visiting the area between Almograve beach and the fishing harbor of Lapa de Pombas. The weather was great, with nice golden light and clouds in the sky. I am always surprised at the amount of interesting subjects that can be found in this small area, from the more general vistas over the cliffs and the ocean, to the fishing boats, and even the local cats.

Almograve beach, panorama of 2 photos. Fujifilm X-T4 and Voigtlaender X 35mm f/1.2.
Sand dunes, panorama of 2 photos. Fujifilm X-T4 and Voigtlaender X 35mm f/1.2.
Waves and rocks.
Lapa de Pombas fishing harbor.
Along the coast.
Enjoying the sunshine.
Sunset #1.
Sunset #2.

The following morning I woke up before sunrise for another walk, this time near Longueira. I often go out for a walk early in the day, it is a peaceful time to enjoy nature. The fields around the village have been planted with sweet potatoes, a local famous product; it is now time to gather the harvest, and the workers arrive before sunrise. Looking east, the first light of the sun seems to turn the sky on fire. This type of light lasts only for a few seconds, so I keep shooting as the scene changes.

Longueira sunrise. Fujifilm X-T4 and Voigtlaender X 35mm f/1.2.
Time to harvest the sweet potatoes. Fujifilm X-T4 and Voigtlaender X 35mm f/1.2.
Fire in the sky. Fujifilm X-T4 and Voigtlaender X 35mm f/1.2.
Windmill. Fujifilm X-T4 and Voigtlaender X 35mm f/1.2.

As mentioned initially, these are just some photos taken close to Longueira and Almograve, within walking distance of my house. I am fortunate to be able to spend time in this region, which is blessed by natural beauty and tranquility,

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I was born in Lisbon in 1966, and I am a geologist. My main interests as a photographer are Landscapes, Travel, and People. I have been fortunate enough to work in different places and contacted diverse cultures. I am also fortunate to live in a small, but beautiful country, Portugal.