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Lagoa de Óbidos Stu


5 de Junho de 2005

I suppose that I had better start at the beginning, and with an explanation for my tardiness (this is yesterday's image afterall). If you read yesterday's excuse, then simply add 'busy jetsetting' to it, and you have today's. Since this is Sunday's image, though, I am only going to talk about Sunday, and leave Monday for another day - maybe even Tuesday. So. To Sunday. Despite Saturday night being a night of festivities with very loud music - of the live kind coming from the stage across the road; and of the recorded type coming from the fairground rides and dodgems just across the road as well - I did manage to sleep fairly well. Perhaps all that pimba music is designed to make you sleep (if only to escape it). Well, Sunday morning arrived, and brought with it the 'better' weather. We knew from the off that, just like Saturday, Friday, Thursday... etc., it was going to be a day for the beach. But first... the Mercado Santa Ana was beckoning, as was a trip to Caldas to take Helena to church, and Pedro, Lucas and myself to the padaria for some breakfast. A quick call to Sílvia, and the tentative arrangements to meet up were solidified (sort of); however, Sílvia still had not eaten, so we had about 40 minutes to visit the lagoon at Obidos, where this image was taken. Stunningly beautiful is the only way I can describe it. Photo opportunities taken, it was time to be on the road again. By now it was past 11am, and Lucas had fallen asleep in the car - which meant that Pedro wouldn't be able to leave the car. We decided that it was not worth our while going to the market, especially with Lucas asleep, because by the time we had found a parking space it would be time to pick up Helena. I phoned Sílvia to let her know that we had changed our plans, and that instead we were heading back to Caldas for a stroll around the park and a bottle of water. We picked Helena up, then went off to a restaurant for our lunch, following which we decided that Foz do Arelho was too busy for us, so we opted for São Martinho instead, where we sat on the beach and bumped into Pedro's friend, José (who came with us to Batalha back in November). Some of the braver amongst us even went into the ice-cold Atlantic water and got our backs wet (I am, of course, talking about Lucas). For reasons of security, I didn't venture any deeper than my waist - I was afraid that if I let my not insubstantial belly enter the water I might flood the town - and I couldn't do that, especially not with the fair in town. The day was finished off very nicely when Pedro, Helena and Lucas drove me to Santa Catarina where I had supper and a chat with Sílvia and her family before we all made our way back to Lisbon in time for Alex and his brother to go to the pictures to see Star Wars, and for Sílvia to take me back to Alcântara, where I footered about on the computer for a short time and chatted to Charles before setting every alarm clock I could lay my hand on, just to be sure that I made it to the airport in time to come home. A nice visit to Portugal, where I met some old friends and made new ones. I had a couple of days at the beach, visited places I had never been to before (and some that I have been to several times), had a few good meals, watched a couple of football games and got a bit of a tan. I even managed to get some work done as well.

Last year I was also thinking about boats and beaches

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Guy Dube27-Mar-2006 12:49
A very nice picture Stewart, lovely colors! Very well composed!
Best regards
Johan Toll10-Jun-2005 07:23
Very nice shot, Stu! I really like the colours and composition.
Gilles Navet08-Jun-2005 06:21
Calme, c'est le premier mot
Mais l'image est pure aussi, simple mais belle
Autumn Sky07-Jun-2005 15:43
Varied colors and positioning of the boats really makes this image... beautiful scene!
Dominic Kite07-Jun-2005 12:33
Looks lovely Stu - those colours are terrific, reminds me of a print!
Linda Willets07-Jun-2005 12:27
perfect..with the colors of the boats..looks peaceful and calm.
bandito07-Jun-2005 11:43
Love this image, with the color and comp. Very nice!
jude07-Jun-2005 10:12
Wondeful serene sight... the various colors of the boats add so much to this.
Ian Stickland07-Jun-2005 08:55
It's a hard life! :-) Nice composition.
northstar3707-Jun-2005 07:31
the picturesqueness. Hope the sun did your gammy leg some good.
uofmtiger07-Jun-2005 03:34
Great colors and compostion!
petesie07-Jun-2005 03:16
Outstanding...the colors, the composition, everything.
Herb Knufken07-Jun-2005 03:06
Very nice, well composed
Elaine (etfitz)07-Jun-2005 02:29
Beautiful colors and composition!
Pepe Zyman07-Jun-2005 01:16
Beautiful composition and saturated colors.
Gayle P. Clement07-Jun-2005 01:13
Excellent composition.
JeremyGood07-Jun-2005 00:23
Karen Leaf07-Jun-2005 00:15
So inviting. Superb color and comp. here Stu.
laine8206-Jun-2005 23:59
This is a quiet & restful shot, Stu. Usually what you need after a holiday that are always exhausting I find...hmv
Coleen Perilloux Landry06-Jun-2005 23:56
Excellent, interesting shot. You had a nice holiday.
Larry Ahern06-Jun-2005 23:45
Fantastic shot!!
Mindy McNaugher06-Jun-2005 23:42
Gorgeous shot! So striking with the different colored boats displayed as they are! Great composition! Vote!
Ray :)06-Jun-2005 23:19
Good enough for a postcard. Or more...
Robin Reid06-Jun-2005 23:19
Excellent shot Stu. Quite striking.
markvm06-Jun-2005 23:06
Super image, Stu! V
Cindy Flood06-Jun-2005 22:52
This is a stunning image!
Duncan Smith06-Jun-2005 22:20
That's a lovely one, Stewart. Boats in a huddle.
David Clunas06-Jun-2005 22:07
Nice composition, love the colours of these boats
Guest 06-Jun-2005 22:00
Nice shot!
Guest 06-Jun-2005 21:24
c'est un vrai bijou de couleurs et de lumières!