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Azenhas do Mar is a village perched atop a cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, in the Sintra county, not far from Lisbon. Its name comes from the old Azenhas (watermills) that used the waters from the river meeting the sea there to mill the grains brought by peasants. Only the tradition remains from those times, but the view is fantastic, specially when you look at the Mar (Sea), a raging Atlantic that has been eroding the coast.

During Summer the sky is usually bright and clear but in Spring Autumn and Winter you can get some fantastic light. Being patient does pay, and I've learned a long time ago that if you sit somewhere long enough you might just get the picture. That's what I did for this shot, taken on a rainy day at the sunset. The wind was blowing strong, gale like sometimes, but I waited, because sometimes there was a clearing in the clouds. Good decision.

Suddenly up north the cloud layer fragmented and the sun passing through kissed Ericeira's houses showing in the distance. A gold line started moving down the coast, like a stage light, as the skies parted and light shone not down from heaven but on a straight line from the horizon. And soon Azenhas do Mar was bathed in light, making it emerge from the dark steel color that was there a few moments before. In a few seconds the clouds took over again and the greyish landscape of a winter day returned.

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