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where devil says good-night...

where devil says good-night...
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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: 2006-09-07
Categories: River
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 8700, 80-210mm, @ ISO 50, Hoya UV Filter
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/145 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-01-28 10:34
Viewed: 6457
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
There is such an expression in Polish - gdzie diabel mowi dobranoc (where devil says good-night) - to indicate places which are remote and abandoned.

In fact it fits well to many areas we saw in Albania, but Butrinti is somewhat special. It's a small village in southern Albania, very close to Greek border. Yet it's quite famous among archeologists for well preserved ancient Greek-Roman "polis" of Bouthroton (not seen on the picture, it's behind the hill on the right). Once thriving trade colony, then in decline, robbed by Normans, abandoned, then rediscovered by Venetians, fortified, and finally abandoned again. The antique town itself is really big and beautiful. Enough to say it was placed in 1992 on the UNESCO's World Heritage List. Great place to discover (see here). Do you meet a lot of tourists there? Not at all... maybe just few crazy trekkers that prefer rough conditions to sunny Adriatic beaches.

What else is there? Butrinti National Park - a beautiful brackish lagoon very rich in bird life, vast areas of saltmarshes (very unusual for Adriatic coast) and mountains...

The ribbon of water you see on the picture is the Vivari canal connecting the Butrinti lagoon to the sea. The whole area is scarcely inhabited, which gives a good opportunity to watch wildlife. Sometimes you have an impression to be back in antiquity. Then the bunkers placed among the hills by the crazy tyrant Enver Hoxha make you feel surreal - who would like to conquer this place and why...

We spent a night among olives on the hill from which I took this photo, and did some night insect hunting with power generator and a big lamp. We were quite concerned about producing such "Las Vegas" aurora on the Greek-Albanian border, but then Radek (cicindela) said he couldn't miss the occasion to study entomofauna in such an unusal habitat. Fortunately we didn't attract any soldiers...

That night we could also observe the Greek Island of Korfu (Kerkyra), being just few kilometers away. It was like watching a completely different world - full of lights, tourists, ferries departing to, or coming from all over. And here just darkness, cicadas, five of us, and our small power-generator...

Next day we went to the saltmarshes - very lucky - Radek found some tiger and ground beetles new to Albania...

Please see the workshop for another shot, showing view on the other side - with Venetian fort and the Corfu island behind...

More info about the ancient Butrint town, you may find also here.

cicindela, delic, pablominto, horia, cataclysta, scottevers7, mikou, livios, glazzaro, JoseMiguel has marked this note useful
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No pieknie, pieknie! :) Widze, ze kolega mnie uprzedzil troche ;) No ale bardzo fajna notka... az sie lezka w oku kreci na wspomnienie o tym miejscu... :)
Zreszta co do entomofauny z tego miejsca sa tez nowe dla Albanii: modliszka, Mantispa oraz biegaczyki ;)
Pozdrawiam serdecznie!! :)

Powalający widok!!!!
Bardzo bym chciła kiedyś jeszcze cośtakiego zobaczyć... ale pki co pozostaje to w sferze marzeń :-)

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-01-28 14:28]

Hello Michal,
Your note carries a wealth of information, and it adds great meaning to the photograph. The time of exposure is perfect with good colors. I would crop the sky a bit though. I also checked the workshop, and would have never expect such a view on the other side.
Best wishes,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-01-29 3:29]

Hi Michal

Another great lesson, but this time history :)
I really loved reading yur note and the "story" that you tell really seems wonderful. I'm sure you've enjoyed every second of that holiday...especially the ones in such places.
The lesson you give people here is basically that all countries are worth visiting...you don't know the surprises that wait you there. To be perfectly honest, i never looked at Albania as a possible holiday destination, but i do see things in a different perspective now.
The photo is very nice, showing well exactly how remote that locality really is.
I also like the shot from the WS.

Bravo and TFS

PS: glad to hear that Radek had a great day after that evening :)

Hello Michal,
Lovely landscape where the diagonal river is a natural eye-catcher!
I like the lighting that is lending a nice warm feeling to the scenery...
Well composed presentation, good details!
Pablo -

:-) OK-

Hello Michal,
This is an impressive place for its history... I had a great time reading those informative notes. You had an excellent POV with beautiful composition, DOF and exposure. I like those tones of colors and great details. This is a very interesting post and I appreciated this picture in the WS too. Well done and thanks,

Czesc Misiu
Piekny widok. Bardzo mi sie podoba. Nic dodac nic ujac

Hi Michal,
A beautiful landscape. Well composed and framed. It sounds amazing to hear how barren and remote this place is yet just a short distance away in another country it is very different.

Hello Michal,

Excllent colors bg POV DOF perfect details very crisp nicly composed and capture photo perfect composed and of good quility,

TFS Kyle

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-01-29 12:55]

Hi Michal.
I like your title,in czech is for such place expression: kde lisky davaji dobrou noc (where fox give good-night).
Splendid straight valley with all those rivers,surrounded high mountains.Very interesting lighting gives whole scene impressive atmosphere.Very nice composition and as well as splendid landscape in WS too.
Thank you for sharing of this look to the very distant landscapes and nice story in your note too.
Best greetings Milos

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-01-29 14:35]

Michal, both the photo and the note are excellent. Congratulations.

Excellent composition and very nice mood.

I enjoyed the workshop too.

Its an excellent shot, but to be honest I found your write up so much more interesting and informative. I love to learn and I do believe you have taught me something new tonight, for that I thank you very much!


Hi Michal,
Great to know such wonderful places thanks to your presentations.
I like so much this landscpae due to their light, and the way colors changes with deep in the horizon.
Very good the POV used here.
I like a lot also the composition and the frame used.
Very interesting and informative your note, with all the aspects that Brutini has, and their contrast with the surrounding places. After read it, I want to go there.
Congratulations, thanks for share and my best regards,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-02-14 4:40]

Hello Cedryk,
Fantastic view of these wetlands surrounded by mountains in beautiful lighting. I love this series of pictures and feel very involved when reading your notes. All so well presented.
Many thanks, Ulla

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