Alentejo flower show

To our dismay, the weather for my parents’ visit was utter crap, raining quite a lot and always cool even when the sun did shine. At no time did they experience what we think of as a normal late March day. The other side of that, though, was the spectacular flower show. This year’s wildflowers were drop dead gorgeous.

This photo was taken along the Rua das Eiras, a tertiary road that crosses the Serra do Caldeirão and descends onto the Alentejo plain. The yellow lupine bloom made me turn the car around and go back until I could find a place to stop for a photo. (Click to lupinize.)

Alentejo lupine

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About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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13 Responses to Alentejo flower show

  1. Milemuncher says:

    Hello, another super shot. I guess the flowers are late this year, but this is certainly a spectacular show. Is this the road that runs south from Almodovar to about Salir? We have cycled it from North to South a couple of times now, heading for Algoz on the Algarve. If I am right it’s quite lovely at most times of the year, but must be very special right now. A shame the weather was not warm for your parents, but the wild flowers must have been a compensation.

    • oregon expat says:

      It is indeed that road, and you must have really good brakes to make that descent from Malhão!

      The flowers were definitely a compensation, along with the stupendous cloud formations hanging over the Alentejo plains.

      • Milemuncher says:

        You are very diplomatic. Braking for the descents was the least of our worries after the climb up to those windmills. We thought they would never come. But we reckon your shot was taken closer to the Almodover end and Jacqui and I were reviving very happy memories as we both brought to mind the spot in question. We have it on a gentle winding downslope after the slight climb out of the town. But we might be wrong! As I say, thanks for bringing a happy memory back with your photo.

  2. restlessjo says:

    There’s always a silver lining. Or a golden one, in this case.

  3. M. says:

    I am so jealous. We have still snow here 😦

  4. Lisa Shaw says:

    That’s a lovely composition.

  5. Ana_ñ says:

    I’ve been greatly enjoying your talent as a photographer in these last posts. Photos are always great in this blog, of course, but, in rain or sunshine, I had the urge to enflorate my computer. 🙂

    (The Spanish word “enflorar” means adorn with flowers.)

  6. xenatuba says:

    It must be us dragging the clouds from Eugene… I seem to recall that last year for our visit there was a drought. Until we brought rain. Didn’t get to see wildflowers like that, though!

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