You can crenellatize this image here. It’s the castle in Silves, a marvel of restoration and almost impossible not to photograph well, due to the rich red color of its bricks (formed from local clay).
Note the heavy, dark, rain-laden clouds! After weeks and months without rain, the blue skies suddenly clouded up within two days of our guests arriving.
This was not a coincidence. If Oregon is known for anything, it’s known for its copious amounts of rain. The saying goes that Oregonians don’t tan, they rust. And the amount of rain falling in my home state lately has been particularly drenching. Clearly, our guests brought these clouds with them, because yes, Oregon rain is so potent that it can reach across eight time zones.
So for all of my Portuguese readers who are enjoying the greening of our fields, you can thank those Oregon visitors.