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Joaquim Abreu
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Life’s a circle.
Photo: Ceramic wall panel on the Megre family country house, in  Águas , northern Portugal; depicting the many voyages made by  José Megre during his lifetime. An homage of the Penamancor City Hall to one of the county's most illustrious sons. At least

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Dreams of Aneto
(Or the affective life of the Pyrenean marmots) A street in the mountain town of Benasque.   Benasque was a dream of youth. An almost
mythological place which name I used to whisper, in an age when the world still
seemed infinite and my childish future care...

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Merry Christmas
Christmas in Porto Santo island. Picture taken at dawn, in Vila Baleira central square, with Nikon P7100 secured in a cheap Polaroid 42" travel tripod and post-processed in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.

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The dense and luxuriant Laurissilva forest in Pico das Pedras, on the North coast of Madeira. Picture taken with Nikon D300 and Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Macro lens. Manfrotto tripod and Junior geared head. Post-processing in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.

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Sophisticated weather station
Looking for a replacement for my cheap digital no-brand cr.. weather station, which I bought six years ago in a general store, I began a few weeks ago to do a bit of searching. In the Funchal Pilot station we have the trustworthy (for advanced amateur stand...

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Summer diet
Only our natural and ever-present human arrogance allow us to, sometimes, forget our actual position on the food chain: somehow nearby the middle. For many of our fellow inhabitants, within this tiny blue ball drifting around in the universe, we are nothing...

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Summer weather
During my seafaring career, we used to pray for days like this. At sea the weather simply cannot be better than this. The sea surface with the texture of olive oil and the "good weather cumuli" reflecting on the calm surface below. Sea of ladies, we used to...

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Facing hell
Besides the danger of sinking or capsizing, fire at sea is, probably, the most dramatic event that a seafarer may face while on duty at sea. To the layman a fire at sea doesn't sound so different as the same scenario ashore. Nothing could be further from th...

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Echoes of the past
When we visited it, in 1992, nearly a quarter of a century ago, the Natural Park of Alvão was one of the most remote places in the continental Portugal. At the time, it was short on the famous connecting highways that are today a cause for political controv...

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Christ of Garajau
The solitary statue of the Christ of Garajau, resting on the promontory with the same name, faces the deep Atlantic Ocean on a chilly evening and watches over all the mariners at sea. Older than the most iconic statues of Jesus around the world (The Christ ...
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