Posts Tagged ‘ecology’

Down to Lisbon: 2-The Road

March 16, 2012

Óbidos

Map

We left from Porto a bit late considering out schedule. We noticed the progressive landscape change, from the North mountains of Portugal to the Hills of the West. It was a bit unfortunate that we didn’t pick the camera until after Aveiro because we saw interesting stuff on the way. It’s a pity but I can’t show something like 10 consecutive stork nests built on the traffic signs in the highway, it was quite unexpected. I guess there’s a lot of babies there.

But we could get some interesting photos either on the move or on the occasional service area stop. The focus isn’t always right when you travel but I really like some of this photos. There’s the view of Óbidos from the highway; the contrast between the old traditional windmills and the new electric turbines and even some curious mini-camping-houses near Nazaré.

Up to “Peneda”

January 30, 2011

The sanctuary of “Nossa Senhora da Peneda” is located high in the mountains and is not in fact part of Melgaço but of another municipality: “Arcos de Valdevez”.

Peneda Sanctuary

But taking your time to go up there from Melgaço you’ll also enjoy the views and explore the mountains and small villages in the way.

 

Even just following the road (by bicycle or by car) with some occasional stops you’ll certainly enjoy the view of the wind turbines spinning as they produce electricity, the water courses cutting their way in the mountains and you’ll enter the Peneda-Gerês National Park in “Lamas de Mouro” – Melgaço. It is possible to find wild mountain horses often.

Please don’t forget to check my other posts about Melgaço.

More photos from the sanctuary can be found: HERE

Photos taken in January 2011. Temperatures in Melgaço were around 10-15ºC (50-59F)

Melgaço: recycled Christmas decoration

December 14, 2010

This year the City Hall took a different approach in regards to Christmas decoration in Melgaço. It’s no secret that the Portuguese government is cutting on a lot of unnecessary expense this year and it seems the local city hall added some ecological thinking to it and the result is that this year we have the streets decorated with plastic bottles, cans, wires and old CDs. Hope they saved the taxpayers money with this. Watch the photos and judge the results for yourself in the comments section.

For more information about Melgaço please visit the other posts in this category.

Photos taken in December 13th 2010

Melgaço: Wind Turbines

December 8, 2009

Wind Turbine 1

Since 2007, some mountains in Melgaço have become populated by large wind turbines for electric energy production. This change in the landscape is noticeable in any clear day from Vila. The town always seemed surrounded by mountains, now tall white turbines guard the top of these mountains with their spinning blades. I think it is a small price to pay considering the benefits for the environment.

Melgaço is one of the municipalities covered by the “Alto Minho Eolic Park” or “Alto Minho Wind Farm“, an investment of more than 340 million Euros in northern Portugal, creating a 240 megawatt park with 120 wind turbines. From the newspapers I found it creates 1,25% of the electricity used in Portugal, with an annual production of 55million Euros worth of electricity. It is said to save the production of 466 thousand tons of CO2 for year.

Here are some photos of the turbines:

For more information about Melgaço please check the other posts in this category.

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This post will be updated if I upload more photos from the wind turbines.


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