|Copyright: ana Vazao (anavazao)
|Date Taken: 2005-06-18|
|Camera: Minolta Dimage Z3|
|Exposure: f/3.6, 30 seconds|
|More Photo Info: [view]|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2006-05-07 18:17|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
Esposende, the only county of the district of Braga bathed by the sea, has some of the loveliest beaches of the Green Coast, along an extension of 18 kilometres (11 miles) of sand, integrated in the Protected Landscape Area of the Esposende Coast.
It begins at the beach of Apúlia, with its soft sand and scenery characterized by enormous dunes where a number of typical wind-mills may still be seen, and stretches to Ofir-Fão, with dense pinewoods framing the beautiful sandy stretch.
Facing the beach, the «Horses of Fão» are a file of rocks always covered by mussels, limpets and cockles.
The sea, although its temperature isn't exactly inviting by Portuguese standards, offers clear blue waters.
Equally surrounded by pinewoods, the town of Esposende, set in the idyllic scenery of the River Cávado estuary, displays some fine and ancient houses, aired squares and interesting churches, such as the Igreja da Misericórdia (16th century) or the church of Bom Jesus («Good Jesus») and the ruins of the Castle of Saint John the Baptist, a fort dating from the 17th and 18th centuries.
The Chapel of the Lord of Seafarers exhibits fine paintings and gilded woodwork.
Nearby, the Celtic Settlement of Belinho rises on a hill of difficult access but offering panoramic views over the sea, it is characterized by circular stone constructions and remains of an ancient defensive enclosure around the Pre-Roman village.
It is also worth visiting, at Vila Chã, the fortress of Saint Lawrence, dating from the Iron Age.
The county boasts of many pretty chapels and churches, such as the Good Jesus Church and the Chapel of Our Lady of Benignity, at Fão, or the the church of Our Lady of Franqueira, at Faria, often welcoming picturesque religious festivals during Summer.
At table, the coastal zone naturally offers products from the sea, such as roast rock-bass, grey mullet, flounder and shellfish, whereas inland visitors may find excellent roast pork and a succulent sarrabulho (dish made with pig's blood), served with the local vinho verde (green wine).
Traditional handicrafts are characterized by their variety, from the basketry of Forjães to the rag quilts of Vila Chã, the stoneworks of Belinho and Marinhais or the objects made with shells of Fão, among many other products."
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- [2006-05-07 19:47]
very interesting landscape. Good details and nice POV.
Wow! This looks like a steep hillside, did you hike up there?
I like the diagonal composition, in a landscape where big rocks are altering with vegetation...
Good feeling of depth, fine colours & details!
- [2006-05-08 6:12]
Wonderful landscape.Well seen and composed.I liked clear details,lighting,POV,DOF and framing a lot.
This is where I would be crazy I would definately hike up to its point. I love mountains and there peaks. I find landscapes like this challenging and interesting. You have caught many aspects of this hillside very well. Good Work Ana.
- [2006-05-08 12:57]
No puedo pronunciarme imparcialmente sobre este paisaje: como el camino a diario.
Bonita pendiente agreste, veo que es algo pedregosa, hay que andar con mucho cuidado, me imagino. Linda composición, con los arboles en diagonal en el centro
- [2006-05-08 18:42]
Hi Ana, good textures on this shot. The greenery contrasts well with the rocks. Good detail and well composed. TFS.
- [2006-05-09 5:21]
Unusual landscape.I liked composition and details very much.Thanks for sharing.
Good diagonal compo.
- [2006-05-16 0:57]
Great mountain composition.
Nice pov,colors,dof,sharpness,focus,note and lighting.TFS