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A brief period of sun at San Juan de Gaztelugatxe
The weather had been inconsistent all day, with thunderous, dark clouds spitting out heavy rain at the time my Couchsurfing host and I set out for San Juan de Gaztelugatxe in the morning. Fortunately for us, by the time we reached the parking lot to the trail head, the clouds were starting to part. What followed was an almost miraculous opening of the skies, given what we had seen earlier - and the storm to come afterwards.
I grabbed this shot on our way back to the car, after taking in the views from the top of the islet. It wasn't quite as sunny on our way towards the hermitage, so I was constantly looking over my shoulder at Gaztelugatxe on our way back. That's when I noticed these little pink flowers blooming over the side of the hill. The contrast they provided over the scenic backdrop was something I wanted to capture, so I stopped to snap a photo. Looking back, it's incredible to think about how lucky I was to experience that day and that moment. Besides the unpredictable weather, there were many other factors at play surrounding the circumstances of this photo, but that's an unnecessary story – the scene speaks for itself.
© Ema Shiroma-Chao.
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||Aug. 15, 2018, 4 p.m.