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Nature wipes bad memories...

Nature wipes bad memories...
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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: 2006-09-11
Categories: Seascape
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 8700, 35-280 - f2.8-4.2, @ ISO 50, Hoya UV Filter
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/776 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-03-04 9:28
Viewed: 7100
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Welcome to Albania again...
This time it's not a typical TrekNature shot, I even wondered if it fits the TN at all. But in fact, how we should portray the Nature? How Nature does with things we do? Especially with bad things we do... In Albania I had a chance to see it all the time...

So today I would like to show you a seaside and a beach. Well, what's so interesting about it, you could ask... but in Albania things are usually more unusal than you would expect them to be.

So you see bunkers... they are almost all along the coast, once guarding and preventing the enemy troops to invade this country... or may rather being a monument of late dictator's sick mind...
They are 600,000 of them so you encounter them everywhere, even in the most unexpected places. The sea knows how to deal with them - unroot and swallow to wipe out the memories of terror.
Here you may see this process in action. You see these dark "stones" emerging from water quite far from the shoreline - they are bunkers as well...

We came to this completely abandoned place late evening after visiting the ruins of ancient Apollonia. In fact the ruins were still unexcavated in large parts but anyway very interesting to see. From the acropolis hill we saw the sun setting above the coast and decided to spend a night there, on the beach.

That was one of the most unusual accomodation places we had in Albania. We found a small empty house with a terrace, fighting against the waves. Yes, the sea was taking this house - maybe it was a guarding post once, who knows. Anyway we stopped there and slept just two meters from the sea, surrounded by the bunkers. It was amazing to hear the waves breaking down just beside us for the whole night and to watch the clear starry sky.

Early morning I walked along the beach to photograph the bunkers at sunrise and the place we overnight.
I hope you like the photos...

jazdzurka, Alex99, horia, JORAPAVI, delic, ramthakur, uleko, sily, XOTAELE, TBW, cicindela has marked this note useful
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Ciekawe zdjęcie i notka. Jak też człowiek potrafi zniszczyć swoje otoczenie. W końcu zanim te bunkry ostatecznie znikną minie jeszcze sporo czasu.
Technicznie zdjęcie OK.
Wydawało mi się, ze na samym poczatku dałeś inny tytuł temu zdjęciu (chociaż teraz nie mogę sobie przypomniec jak dokładnie brzmiał) i chyba bardziej mi pasował.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-03-04 14:05]

Hi Michal.
Very nice view and excellent quality of the shot. Your note is perfect as usual. At the picture I like beautiful (may be evening) lighting, great transparency and sharpness of the image, nice colours and impressive composition. Perfect job. My best regards and TFS.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-03-04 16:15]

Hello Michal
An amazing image to know a bit more about that unknown country. Those bunkers are a strange point in such a beautiful beach.
The image is really good, with perfect sharpness and wonderful colors and composition.
What an adventurous and interesting travel you did! Congratulations and thank you very much for sharing.
Best wishes

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-03-04 16:26]

Hi Michal

This is a really wonderful and unique photo!
The seascape is really beautiful and you managed to capture it in a splendid warm evening light.
Due to that, all the colors are tones are charming and very well saturated, plus you also got a very nice and calming mood (despite the bunkers)...or at least that's how i see the picture ;)

The other side of the shot - the bunkers - are indeed another story, but sure add to the overall compsition. It is however nice to see an example of how nature deals with something it doesn't need or find a direct use for :)

Cheers and TFS

PS: how's that hiding behind the towel in the WS picture? :))

Hola Michal,
Curiosa y bella foto e interesante comentario. Un cordial saludo

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-03-05 6:18]

Hi Michal,
Very interesting photo and note. Nice warm light with good composition. Would crop the sky a bit. This would suit TE better, I think; would draw more interest, too.
Best wishes,

bonjour michal
même dans les endroits qui devraient etre beaux et naturels,l'homme arrivent a sacager ce que la nature nous offre.
il fallait le montrer quand même.

Looks like you had great fun on the Adriatic Coast, Michal :-)!
I like your journalistic story on this part of Albania with additional pictures supplementing it.
The sea as nature per se is a leveller of all things including these ugly remanants of a bygone unpleasant era, and God be thanked for that! I am sure these bunkers will be swallowed by time and tide very soon.
I agree with you; it is not always convenient and right to separate nature from man's imprint on it.
Best reagrds.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-03-06 4:14]

Hello Cedryk,
I think man's footprints are becoming all too obvious around the world. Documentation is important but I get sad when I see this as we have these hideous monuments as memories of the second world war all along the Baltic coast here in Scania too. Like you show here some are slowly collapsing into the sea while others are to be protected as monuments so that we don't forget the atrocities of war!
I think there are still limits as to what the sea can take - reports are now coming in of dangerous pollution from the transporting of goods in all directions across the seas on our planet. We're not only making war but spinning a dangerous web around it. Nature can only take so much!
This view is not beautiful, it's hideous, but it is a valuable contribution as it makes us think, I hope!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2007-03-06 7:49]

Hi Michal!
I just saw this photo and thought "oh he's on the road again!"Interesting shot, I wish sometimes that it could be done that easily, that beauty of nature could wipe out all bad things...I think that this site is about what nature means to us and what we are doing to nature.

Tristes restos. La verdad es que con lo que conozco del antiguo régimen dictatorial de Albania no sólo creo que esos búnkers estuvieran ahí para evitar invasiones sino también para hacer desistir a la población descontenta con el sistema político del País y así evitar su evasión.
¿No crees?.
Por lo demás muy bien captada, con detalles estupendos.
Ciao. JL.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-03-07 14:46]

Great note - it sounds like a great experience. It is nice to see the sea slowly reclaiming the structures. Wonderful composition



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  • TBW Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 94 W: 28 N: 200] (846)
  • [2007-03-11 17:08]

Hi Michal!
I think your photo is well placed here on TN. Maybe not for the bunker in itself, but for the fact that, as you say it yourself, it shows how nature deals with unwanted and manmade objects. I think it is a very strong picture. It feels good to se mother nature tear down the war structures little by little. It is helping us getting rid of it.

Zaczne troche od "konca"... Bardzo fajna notka, mimo, ze to widzialem na wlasne oczy to jednak mnie zaciekawila :)
Samo zdjecie mocno klimatyczne, i nie mam na mysli tylko tego "zycia na krawedzi" (a bunkrow na krawedzi ;>). Cieple barwy _ przyjemna kompozycja. Moze jedynie bunkier po prawej troche przeswietlony miejscami, ale generalnie fajna fotka :)

PS. Dopiero zobaczylem workshopy :) Dodatkowy plus, choc czemu nie dales zadumanego Michala o poranku? hihihi :)

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