Bright sunlight contrasts against dark clouds to highlight grass and olive trees

Photo Essay: Bright, shiny Portugal

This week’s photography challenge from Ailsa at Where’s my backpack? is bright, the perfect antidote to gloomy grey November skies. Here’s a selection of photos of Portugal made bright by the magic of sunlight.

The first three are from the Convent of Christ in Tomar where the Templar Knights used to meet.

Manueline features in bright light, Convent of Christ, Tomar

Manueline features in bright light, Convent of Christ, Tomar

Bright, golden sunlight on spiral stone staircase

Bright, golden sunlight on spiral stone staircase, Convento de Cristo, Tomar

shaft of sunlight on ceramic olive oil pot

shaft of sunlight on ceramic olive oil pot

An unexpected burst of sunlight brightened up the grass and olive trees behind my house for a brief moment during a stormy day.

Bright sunlight contrasts against dark clouds to highlight grass and olive trees

Bright sunlight contrasts against dark clouds to highlight grass and olive trees

Whilst admiring Porto from the cathedral square, the light shining on the glass domes on the roof of the Palacio da Bolsa (Treasury Palace) caught my eye.

Sunlight brightens glass domes, Palacio da Bolsa, Porto

Sunlight brightens glass domes, Palacio da Bolsa, Porto

And finally, I’ll leave you with a bright spot in the fading rays of the sun in Lisbon.

St. George's castle and buildings in golden sunlight, Lisbon

A bright white wall stands out in the gold-bathed hillside

Thanks to Ailsa for another great topic. If you’d like to join in, or see other entries click here.