The shortest day and the longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, and so if the weather is right the 21st December is a great day for sunrises and sunsets as you don’t need to get up to early or stay out in the cold too late!
It wasn’t a great lead up to sunrise this morning but it was still good enough to keep me out on the marina wall for over half hour. And I wasn’t alone as it was low tide and so the ‘cocklers’ were heading in out in their boats into the Ria Formosa. Every few minutes the stillness of the water was broken by ripples from the boats.
I am not aware of any solstice festivals here in the Algarve however we will have a few things happening on 6th January for epiphany and if you are in the north of Portugal then you are even more fortunate as they have a few unusual winter festivals approaching before then. Just check out this.
By the way if you follow my other blog then you may have spotted this is my Portuguese entry for this month’s #timesquare. I had to include at least one here, and what better than an Algarvian winter sunrise!
How beautiful, especially your first image. I’m glad you got up early for us.
My pleasure 🙂
Ever so love this series of photos Becky 😀😀
Thank you so much. Even better sunrise out there today but esconced with my tea so haven’t made it out in time to photograph!
There is always another tomorrow or the next or the next
Hope so 😁
Wonderful shots, Becky. Love the way you have captured the changing light.
Oh thank you so much. I just love being out pre sunrise…..well I do in the Algarve anyway!!!
Location is everything 🙂
Fabulous photos, hon! 🙂 🙂 Not long home from a winter solstice party with a lovely couple who will be spending their first Christmas here together.
Oh how lovely 😊 we’re not long home from a Vai e Volta lunch!!!
Gorgeous! Thanks for the solstice sunrise! I needed because It’s raining here. But we Need the rain
That’s great if you need it ☔
Thanks for the link up 😊
Beautiful. Sadly very wild and windy here all night, but the sun is trying to come out now. Maybe we’ll get a sunset!
I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you xxx
Not gonna happen, the sky is all grey now and we have cloud cover. At least I can look forward to a few minutes more daylight from tomorrow!
PS I have renamed the Orangery to ‘The Wetroom’
I’m so glad you have an inner Pollyanna xxx
Perfect photos Becky. I totally missed the sunrise this morning. I did get some awesome sunset photos two days ago … does that count? I hope you are doing well.
Thank you so much 😊 maybe you could try tomorrow!!
Looks like a calm surrounding and a nice place to spend the winter
Oh it is so lovely Alice, we just love our winter sojourns here.
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