Thursday, May 17, 2012

Scenes from Alcácer - on "azulejo" - 1

As you know from my post on "Work", while exploring the town of Alcácer do Sal, I came upon a long panel of ceramic tiles (azulejos) along Avenida José Saramago. 

Today's photos show aspects of the natural world around this town.

Storks have nests on church towers and other high spots all over the town.
The cork oak landscape is a characteristic of the Alentejo region.
Cork oaks in the Alentejo countryside

I didn't see any sunflowers but then I didn't have a lot of time to explore.
From the IC1 road I did see extensive fields of cereals.

I wish I had seen flamingos because they are such beautiful creatures. I will have to visit the Santo André Lagoon for that (50 km to the southwest).
And dolphins, well I didn't see any but they can be seen in the estuary of the Sado River, less than 50 km away to the northwest.

I have only seen dolphins swimming along the beach between Armação de Pêra and Albufeira, though. I cannot prove it because I didn't have my camera, but it was a very special day for me.

Believe it or not, I have not finished with this panel of azulejos, but that is enough for today.


  1. These pictures are so simple yet so effective!

    1. That's the beauty of it. I wish I knew the name of their creator. Sometimes these panels are signed and dated, but I don't remember seeing that on this one.

  2. I think the storks and flamingos are really well drawn.

    1. They are lovely, aren't they...and I think I've discovered the artists' names. But that's another post.


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