A dune that moves 10 meters each year, a consolidated dune millions of years old and an extinct volcano, part of Lisbon’s volcanic complex, are a photographer's delight if you want to play with textures and shapes.Three geological wonders offering a unique visual experience.
The Moving Dune
We think of dunes as static landscape but in fact they do move. Cresmina dunefield, in Portugal, moves some 10 meters each year. A good speed for some slow paced photography, panorama style. I firstly wrote about the Cresmina dunefield for a Portuguese newspaper, back in the 1980s, when it was discovered the dune system was moving towards the town of Cascais, at a pace of some 10 meters each year. The speed is the same today, although the sands carried by the wind seem to go back to the sea somewhere between Oitavos and Guia, southwards from Guincho.
The wooden paths created over the dune ridges system in recent years, allowing visitors to explore the area without much disturbance to the habitat, make for a great photographic vantage point, in an area where a technique to make photo panoramas is a must. Besides, the sand dunes offer some unique compositions to explore, meaning a visit incorporates both documental and aesthetic and artistic elements.