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Trail of the Lagoons

Trail of the Lagoons
Photo Information
Copyright: Paulo Goncalves (Juntas) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1449 W: 216 N: 1809] (7960)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-01-02
Categories: Nature
Camera: Nikon D40, SIGMA DC 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OS HSM, Hama Circular Polarizer 72 mm
Exposure: f/16, 1/100 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Serra da Estrela
Theme(s): Serra da Estrela/Loriga by Juntas [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-01-26 3:50
Viewed: 1633
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Trail of Tower Lakes
The starting point for this circuit pedestrian is a mythical place: the Tower - the highest point in mainland Portugal.
D. John VI (1816-1826) there had to erect a tower made of stone to complete the 2,000 m. Hence, the eye can reach high points, very distant from the Serra da Boa Viagem in Figueira da Foz, to the Sierra de Gredos in Spain; Marão in Trás-os-Montes to Serra Portalegre in Alentejo. Almost half of the Portuguese territory and some Spanish can be sighted from the Tower.
At the rear of the premises housing the radar, near the chapel, follow the road to the West towards the Poio Estrela (1931 m). Skirting the right and the left below the water line passes the spur that separates the Lagoon of the Covão do Quelhas and Lagoon Serrano.Pass the wall of Lake Covão do Quelhas and follow the water line until the Covão Boeiro.
You enter the Gorge Loriga, the glacial valley consists of four depressions (Covo), excavated by the ice and located in steps. Were former glacial lakes, now obscured and covered by cervunais.
After the wooden bridge, follow the left path leading down to the Covão do Meio.
The population of Loriga always used the water of these ponds to produce energy. To be built Covão do Meio Dam, EDP (electricity company), this right was guaranteed. In early summer, the water in the dam is emptied for the Lagoa Comprida, through a tunnel, leaving a natural flow available for use in population during the three months of the season.
Go now to the national highway passing through the ruins of a chapel. Across the site of one of Fonte dos PErús, you will find a site with a landmark, known as Cume (1858 m).
Also known as Planalto da Expedição, which camped in the summer of 1881, the group of scientists from the Geographical Society of Lisbon led by Hermenegildo Capelo. Ignorance of the Serra da Estrela was so great that deserved exploration and study.
From the Ridge head towards spring. Stroll along the lakes of Salting.
Turn right towards the road and proceed to the Tower where they will complete the circuit.
Extension: 8 km
Duration: 3:00 H

(Google translation: Sorry for any inconvenience)
(Lagoa das Quelhas is also referd in documentation as Lagoa das Quilhas)

Shooting Data
Nikon D40
2011/01/02 12:31:08
Compressed RAW (12-bit)
Image Size: Large (3008 x 2000)
Lens: VR 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 G
Focal Length: 18mm
Exposure Mode: Manual
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
1/100 sec - F/16
Exposure Comp.: 0 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 200
Optimize Image: Custom
White Balance: Auto
AF Mode: AF-A
Color Mode: Mode IIIa (sRGB)
Tone Comp.: Medium High
Hue Adjustment: 0°
Saturation: Enhanced
Sharpening: High
Long Exposure NR: Off
VR Control: Off
High ISO NR: Off

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Oi amigo ,
Muito bonita esta paisagem na Serra da Estrela quando está coberta com neve , as tonalidadas das cores das nuvens esta linda , é um belo momento com o horizonte com aquele cobertor de nuvens , boa luz lateral , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo

Hi Paulo,
Very fine winter scene. Picturesque landscape, great contrasts. Well done, have a nice evening.

Top of Portugal in snow, well taken Paulo.
A great contrast applied, as bright light prevailed.
Fine nature in image,

Hi Paulo,
Good light on the layer of snow, good contrast with the black stones on the groung, cold atmosphere, well taken.

Hello Paulo,

it must be an interesting circuit, the image is beautiful with a perfect sky and snowed land combinated, good light management and perspective,

Best regards,


Hi Paulo.
Beautiful landscape of the Sierra de la Estrella snow cover, nice contrast of white with some rocks in the background wearing their colors.
The sky is stunning with the clouds and color, magnificent light which gives much strength to this beautiful composition.
Have a nice evening. Regards.

Namaste Paulo,
this is a stunning image as many of others in your gallery. Nice work with light. The twin lakes are nice to see with snow covered land and deep blue sky. A superb production indeed. Tfs.
Have a nice WE.
PS- Yes, I see eye to eye with you, that point besides the photographer's name value zero (as you have written in your intro). I can tell about my view that the suggestions and tips through the critiques of my friends put some photographic knowledge into my bag (as I was a novice about photography, and today also there are many points to learn ). Anyway I like this one as many of other photos of your. You have a great gallery.

Hello Paulo,

The partly snow covered mountain landscape tells this is a considerable altitude!
This may be an interesting place for trekking, in a rugged landscape that offers some great views...
A lovely sky with fine clouds!

Pablo -

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24402 W: 523 N: 40817] (175634)
  • [2011-01-29 0:32]

Hello Paulo,

A very difficult trial for a good stroll through the snow on the slopes.
Nice panoramic sight on the mountain and the nice sky above.
Very well composition too.
Nice done, TFS.

Nice weekend,

Olà Paulo,

Excellent managment of light for this beautiful winter's mountain's shot. this good managment of light give beautiful contrast nad too white color of the snow very well exposed.

Hi Paulo,
wonderful place, great presentation.
Very simplistic landscape yet the work is so impressive! The snowy decoration is beautiful especially combined with a good light which creates plenty of shades. Nice foreground stretching from the bottom left forwards, leading the eye to the lakes in the distance. Spectacular sky, great natural colors.
Excellent work,

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  • jmdias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10501 W: 174 N: 17837] (79217)
  • [2011-01-31 5:45]


linda vista mesclando a textura das rochas e da neve e um belo céu. gosto da luz e desta compo algo minimalista. pois é, desde aqueles tempos o interior luso já era pouco valorizado



Olá Paulo!

Ao princípio não estava a ver aonde era, mas de depois de ter compreendido que são duas lagoas vi logo! avistam-se também quando se faz a descida pelo teleférico.

Boa luz e boa definição!

Parabéns, boa semana e um abraço!


Ah! you found a very special light here!
This photo shows your compositive skills: you managed to obtain a wonderful composition without any apparent focal point (apart the small lakes which cannot be considered focal points)exploiting well the textures and shapes of this hill, stones and snow. It gives the sensation of freshness and brightness one feels when being physically present in this kind of scenery. By the way it reminds me of some photos by Dariusz.
Well done,

Ciao Paulo, beautiful mountain landscape with fantastic sky, splendid light and wonderful natural colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Dobro vece.
Dobar tekst sa podacima o mestu ...
Vrlo interesantno i lepo mesto sa jezerima i snegom, planina je dosla do oblaka, dobra kompozicija.
Dobar rad, lepe boje i fotografija, moje cestitke.
Prijatno vece sa lepim vremenom, kod nas je mnogo hladno.


Boa noite.
Um bom artigo com informações sobre o lugar ...
Lugar muito interessante e bonito, com lagos e neve, a montanha veio com as nuvens, uma boa composição.
Bom trabalho, cores, agradável e fotos, os meus parabéns.
Agradável noite com clima bom, aqui é muito frio.

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  • Urs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1444 W: 83 N: 3294] (14082)
  • [2011-01-31 20:34]

Hi Paulo

Interesting, the highest point in mainland Portugal is covered only by little snow in winter, that is a surprise. However the reason could be that Portugal is in Southern Europe. Very good note really adds to the fine shot. Good contrasts and color hues. Well done.

Warm regards

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9445 W: 268 N: 3085] (103038)
  • [2011-01-31 22:48]

Hi Paulo,
unusual journey You had. Amazing wild nature, good informations and well done photo.
Have a nice day.

Hello Paulo
Amazing winter scene you captured.
Wonderful landscape with fantastic cloudy sky.
Wonderful atmospheric composition with this light managment.
Superb colors.
Beautiful presentation of this mythical place in Potrugal.
Elegant frame.
Great job.

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