Serra da Estrela Region of Portugal in Late Winter

May 28, 2015


Photographer: Ricardo Salvo
Summary Author: Ricardo Salvo

The highest elevations in continental Portugal are found in the Serra da Estrela region. A few peaks here approach 6,500 ft (1,980 m). In valleys between mountain ridges, lakes routinely freeze even during Portugal's generally moderate winter climate. Some of the higher elevation lakes of this region remain frozen until mid-March. The one shown above is rimmed with lichen-covered granitic outcrops. However, by late March nearly all of the ice has melted. Photo taken on March 21, 2015.

Photo Details: Camera Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark II; Lens: EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM; Focal Length: 24mm; Aperture: ƒ/22.0; Exposure Time: 5.000 s; ISO equiv: 100; Software: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.7 (Macintosh).