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5 milion years old wonder

5 milion years old wonder
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Copyright: Michal Grabowski (cedryk) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-12
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 8700, 35-280 - f2.8-4.2, @ ISO 50, Hoya UV Filter
Exposure: f/3.4, 1/416 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-01-31 20:01
Viewed: 5941
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello friends!

This shot I have uploaded as a complementary image to recent Radek's post. He gave a shot from the grassy bank of Lake Prespa and I decided to give you a broader view on the lake itself.

There are two Prespa lakes: Great Prespa and Small Prespa. The first is divided among Albania, Greece and the Republic of Macedonia, the second is shared only between Greece and Albania. The one you can see on my picture is the bigger one. It lies in the tectonic valley, and occupies an area of 274 km2. Its deepest part is 54 m deep.

When you look at this shot, the foreground and left banks are in Albania, the dark peninsula on the right is Greece and the high mountains in the back belong to Macedonia. The whole area remained more or less natural as for many years the Greek banks were military area which required special permission to visit. Naturally in Albania, during Enver Hoxha times the area was even more guarded... Then since 2000, for an abundance of rare fauna and flora, the area has been protected and declared a Transboundary Prespa Park.

Great Prespa Lake is very much unique.

First, it's one of the oldest tectonical lakes in Europe - it was created in Pliocene (nearly 5 000 000 years ago) by tectonic activities.

It's also the highest tectonical lake in the Balkans, being at an altitude of 853 m asl (2,798 ft). The lake lies only ca. 10 km (6 miles) to the east from Lake Ohrid - another tectonical basin about 150m below - interestingly the two lakes are connected with underground karst channels through which Prespa feeds the Ohrid Lake.

You may see both Prespa lakes (green colour) and Ohrid
Lake (blue colour) in this satelite image.

Considering the fauna, the most important are fish with 80% endemic species.

Since 1994 the strict natural ornithological reserve EZERANI has been promoted with its inclusion on the world Ramsar list.

Is it interesting enough to go there? I hope you don't doubt it is...

I will not tell any story about being there, as Radek did it already. I just would like to remark that this shot was taken while approaching the valley, late September evening - you may see some mist on the picture. Soon later it started to get dark. It's amazing how fast the night comes in the south. Next morning we had a better chance to go around the lake as far as we could and that was a very nice experience.

As a bonus shot, please see our camp in the morning :-)

Dave, scottevers7, Alex99, horia, cataclysta, Adanac, JORAPAVI, SkyF has marked this note useful
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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2007-01-31 20:14]

Excellent note! Geography was one of my favorite classes. You have a way of making one wish he could visit...;-)
And, as for the picture: Very nice and excellent also! Good job of showing us this "broader view".
Great composition and POV!
Thank you Michal!

Hi Michal,
Very scenic landscape, wonderful nature.
Well composed picture.
Great shot.

Ben Lakitan

bardzo fajne ujecie! z workshopem, ktory znow przywoluje wspomnienia ;)
Cieple kolory, ladna kompozycja i ciekawy opis. Chociaz w opisie moblbys dodac zdanko o tej wyspie widocznej na jeziorze (na mojej fotce nie ma szans by ja zobaczyc ;>)
Eh, chyba trzeba byloby zaczac myslec o kolejnej wyprawie :)

Hi Michal,
There is so much beauty on this planet that no one can ever see it all in person. So we get to see and learn about places we may never get to thru other members that have. Another beautiful landscape scene. Well done technically. But it is also a lesson not only in geography, but history also.
Well done my friend,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-02-01 7:10]

Hi Michal.
What a great landscape picture you have taken. Amazing and excellent detailed view. Nice transition from water to cloudy sky. Attractive combination of shadowed and lightened parts of the captured scene. Colours are well saturated shot is perfectly exposed. Superb and pleasant for look work. I also like you nice note. My compliments and TFS.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-02-01 7:23]
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Hi Michal

What a beautiful sight, my friend!
I must say (as i already told Krzysztof) that i somewhat envy but also admire you all for these fantastic trips you do!
I'm sure that you can tell numerous stories about these places and your road through there.
This is another beautiful landscape, with lovely colors and perspective. The composition is also wonderful and the nice, warm evening light is outstanding!

I also liked the photo from the WS - with a little imagination it looks like a Dakar shot (after the car and the dry landscape) :))

Bravo and TFS

Hello Michal,

Well done on this wonderful landscape, perfect details very crisp perfect composed and capture phot excllent Job

TFs Kyle

Rzeczywiscie ciekawe polaczenie fotki (twoja i Radka oraz opisy uzupelniaja sie i tworza fajny zestaw. Podoba mi sie ten widok ze sloncem oswietlajacym fragment ziemi nad jeziorem

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-02-01 18:07]

Hi Michal,
Your note is extremely good and very helpful when viewing your very nice landscape of this area, thanks for sharing.

Hello Michal,
A strong diagonal foreground interest helps getting a fine feeling of depth in this pleasant image!
I like the varied lighting, image is well composed and with fine details...
Good note, educational!
Pablo -

Hola Michael,
El parque aparte de la historia tan interesante, es de gran belleza, gracias por compartirla. Saludos

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-02-03 8:58]

Hello Michal,
a wonderful composition the scenery is wonderful Your photo has excellent detph , one can see far across the lake.

I like the interaction of dark and light in this photo adding to the good DoF feel... The colours are soft and enchanting.

Thanx for sharing! Jay.

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