How timely! What should appear on InterfaceLIFT last week but a glorious wintry beach photo shot in…Portugal. This is the Praia da Adraga, near Sintra.
That slanting orange light, in combination with a crisp blue sky, is one of the great things about the Portuguese winter. The sunsets are spectacular, and in our south-facing flat, the late afternoon light turns all of our rooms orange. I love it.
This image looks just a little odd to me, because I live in the Algarve and my view of the ocean is directly south. When the sun sets, it goes down opposite the beach, not alongside it as in this photo. But most of Portugal has west-facing beaches, where sunset views are quite different.
Getting used to south-facing beaches was one of the weirdest things about moving here from the Oregon coast. For my entire life, the ocean was always in the west, and that was just immutable fact. The sudden presence of an ocean south of me felt as if some major physical law had been altered. But this photo made me realize that I’ve fully adapted, because now it’s a west-facing beach that looks weird.
Our Oregon friends are visiting, so we’re spending the evening in with chouriço, a sampling of cheeses, some good Algarvean bread, various and sundry other snacks, and a bottle of Taylor’s Chip Dry port. There’s champagne, too, but we might not get that far.
Boas saídas e melhores entradas! (Good leavings [of the old year], and better entrances [to the new]!)