In a large part of its territory, Portugal has a Mediterranean-type climate, with very hot and dry summers, mild winters with many bright days, and autumn and spring rains, often violent, which the riverbeds are not enough to contain.
The Alviela River originates from an underground aquifer in the Alcanena region and flows into the Tagus River, running through a region with this type of climate. The flow is relatively low in summer, but in winter, if heavy precipitation occurs, it can be stormy and impetuous.
The river overflows its bed and floods the banks, creating large water expanses. That's what happened in the winter of 2019-2020 when I captured this image. I was particularly marvelled by the reflection of the riverside trees, completely bare of leaves, in the large water surface, creating two symmetric "half-landscapes".
The image may seem catastrophic, but due to the climate that is felt in the region, the rain can stop suddenly, and for weeks, the sun shines, and the water "disappears", sinking into the limestone lands. They will be ploughed and sown in the spring, and the fields will shine green!
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