Photographer's Note

Hello, my TE friends!
Today I went to this beautiful Park and took lots of photos, of course...
I "played" with light and shadow, so I will post at least five photos in the next days. This is the first one, where the light was really difficult, because we had strong light, shadows, reflections, and this is what I could get...
The next ones will be about reflections in one of the many beautiful lakes of this so special place. Hope you like this one, as well as the next four!

You can read below a description of this park:

"Born out of D. Fernando II’s inspiration, the Pena Park is the result of the intellectual and artistic philosophies of the 19th century, the Romantic era. With the collaboration of an architect, baron Eschwege, and an engineer, baron Kessler, D. Fernando designed the whole park around the Pena Palace.
Rejecting the formal austerity of the classical gardens and taking into account the uneven grounds, the fertility of the soil, the climatic singularity of the mountain and the effect of the horizons, D. Fernando II designed the park in such a way that it would appear to be natural and in keeping with the surroundings. Just as he indulged in his architectural fantasies when he designed the Pena Palace, he took his inspiration from opera sets and faraway landscapes, for the park, imagining different contrasting atmospheres with unusual and exotic features.
In order to achieve his idea, he incorporated the vestiges left by the Hieronymus monks, just as he had done in the palace.
He designed lakes connected with waterfalls and, for the forests and woods of his imagination, he imported species of plants which were characteristic of different places in the world – cryptomerias from Japan, ferns from New Zealand, cedars from Lebanon, araucarias from Brazil and arbors vitae from North America, planted side by side with Portuguese plants, in a total of over two thousand species.
D. Fernando II also had pavilions in various architectural styles, fountains, springs, nooks and belvedere built throughout the park."

(Text from, where you can see some small movies with 360º views of this park)

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