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This photo was made at the end of the day, in October 2020. I had been walking in the trail that follows this part of the Alentejo coast, south of the village of Vila Nova de Milfontes. This part of the coast is characterized by sand dunes and secluded beaches surrounded by cliffs. I like to walk in this area outside of summer, because the weather is cooler, and the number of trekkers is considerably smaller. On this day, the weather was cold and windy, with spells of rain. But I feel this only adds to the wild character of this (still) preserved part of the country.
Almost at the end of the trail, before arriving at Almograve, there is a beach where there is a small creek reaches the ocean. I descended the northern side of the cliff, crossed the narrow brook, and made a few photos of the sun going down near the horizon. In the distance, a series of heavy clouds were being driven by the wind, blocking the colours of the sunset. Furthermore, the distant clouds, heavy with rain, were approaching the coast.
I kept walking, and climbed the southern face of the beach, with the intent of reaching Almograve and return home for the day. The sun had already set, and it seemed like my photographic day was finished. Still, I kept an eye on the horizon while walking, and that is why I noted the possibility of a clearing in the clouds. There was still some light, so I quickly set up my tripod and camera, hoping for the best. I chose a wide-angle lens to include the small bay in the foreground. I decided to make a long exposure to enhance the clouds being driven by the strong wind.
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