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A piece of Africa in Europe I

A piece of Africa in Europe I
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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: 2003-07-31
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5000, 28-105 mm, @ ISO 100
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/807 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Mountains, Geological Wonders [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-08-12 4:13
Viewed: 5032
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Melnik Rocks - an amazing formation of loose sandstone in south-western Bulgaria (Bulgarian Macedonia), on the outskirts of the Pirin Mountains.

This is the heat pole for the country, almost completely dried, covered with exotic xerothermic vegetation and inhabited by a a variety of rare creatures (butterflies, beetles, mantigs, termites, reptiles). Large colonies of bee-eaters nest in those cliffs.

The rocks are close to fall apart so a great care is needed when rambling here. And it's worth it, not only for nature but also for Rozenski Monastyr (XIV c.) and for the old town of Melnik (the smallest town in Bulgaria - some 500 citizens) and its wine cellars.

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  • Great 
  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-08-12 5:11]

Hello Michal!
Very nice landscape.POV,DOF,details and composition are excellent.TFS...:-)

a fascinating location well done in bringing it life

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-08-12 6:47]

Excellent picture Michal! Really looks like piece of Africa in heart of Europe. Incredibly sharp and clear, great DOF. I like cloudy sky, brown colours of rocks and silhouettes of mountains of BG. Interesting note - I hope you captured some of these animals and plants mentioned in it!

Great, I was there just last June. Ori

This is a beautiful landscape, Michal.

Great colors and visual impact on this very well composed shot.

POV and DOF are perfect.

Thank you for sharing it with us.

  • Great 
  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-08-12 12:30]

Michal, a breathtaking view. That's what I'd call a great pov.

Excellent sharpness, very nice composition and vivid colors.


Great landscape Michal,Very good rock formations.

A really fantastic sight. Nice POV and really fine sharp details as well.

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-09-28 7:49]

Hi Michal,
Very nice Landscape, well composed i like the colours & lighting the Point of view is great.
Very well done,

Greetings from Canada,

excellent landscape

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  • eleana Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 206 W: 80 N: 75] (2247)
  • [2005-12-04 16:45]

Hi Michal!
Nice landscape again! I like POV (are you have wings? :) Hope that wine cellars here were interesting too? :)
Best wishes,

Hi, Michal!
Beautiful view. Nice composition and colors.

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