A pale blue gate in a white wall closes off the garden of a holiday home in Moncarapacho, where bright pink and red coloured flowers might mislead you to think of a different season than late fall. Even with Christmas only a week away, the Algarve always shows some blossom.
An old Skoda of the Guardia Nacional Republicana with tattered emblems and faded striping, parked at an entrance to the Ria Formosa Ecovia do Litoral in Bias do Sul, Moncarapacho. No officer was in sight.
Sunshine and a showery mist seen from a small hilltop during a hike in the Vale do Rosa, just north of Sao Bras de Alportel.
Pink Flamingos on the Ria Formosa form an accidental heart shape while standing in the water of the salt pans. In the background: the Praia da Fuseta lifeboat station.