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Lefka Ori (White Mountains|) cover the largest part of the prefecture of Chania and re the largest mountain range in Crete, 50km in length and 25km in width. With approximately 50 peaks with an altitude higher than 2000m, the White Mountains are generally the highest massif on the island. The snow covers most peaks until June and the alpine areas above 2000m are bare of vegetation and water. The bare peaks consist mainly of large stones and gravel, which makes climbing on the steep slopes very difficult. The White Mountains are home to rare species of animals, birds and reptiles, with the most famous being the endemic wild goat of Crete, the Kri Kri.

The minaret, covered in scaffolding and undergoing restoration, was an addition to the Neratze mosque, known as the Church of Santa Maria during Venetian times. The minaret, based on a design of local engineer Giorgos Daskalakis, was added in 1890. The mosque is now mainly used for lectures, concerts and theatre performances. When I first started visiting Crete, around 1990, I was able to climb to the top of the minaret, which gave wonderful views of the old town of Rethymnon and its surroundings. Unfortunately, I was not into photography then, so cannot show you the views!

Vís 1 & 2 were taken on a bright sunny day a couple of weeks ago, V.3 was taken on an overcast day a week ago.

Camera:Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Lefka Ori
Username:CarolG CarolG
Uploaded:7 Feb 2014 - 5:40 AM
Tags:Crete, General, Landscape, Landscape / travel, Mountains
Votes:66
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ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2201 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
7 Feb 2014 - 5:54 AM

These are beautiful images Carol. Love the colours and reflections in V1 but even in overcast conditions in V3 the snow covered peaks still glow.
I cannot wait to see some of Greece in June. Great photography

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bobhowell
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7 Feb 2014 - 6:17 AM

Hi Carol, superb photos and a great write up providing much information. All 3 are stunning and love the background with the snow covered mountains. Looks a fab place to visit. Bob

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andylea
andylea  637 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Feb 2014 - 6:27 AM

wonderful set carol brilliant detail and light wonderful colours v2 for me today a cracker nice one Wink
andy

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Andysnapper
Andysnapper e2 Member 6105 forum postsAndysnapper vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
7 Feb 2014 - 6:32 AM

Now I'm getting itchy feet, I need to climb a mountain.

Lovely shots Carol it really does look a fantastic place to live, sun in the Summer and snowy mountains to climb in the Winter, perfect.

Andy

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bobsblues
bobsblues  4 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
7 Feb 2014 - 6:43 AM

Superb set Carol all three versions excellent wish I was out there Smile
Rob

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ddolfelin
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7 Feb 2014 - 6:54 AM

Lovely, familiar, picture, Carol.
Look forward to my next visit to Crete.

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Caziwinkles
7 Feb 2014 - 7:08 AM

Wow! Love these Carol - those snow-covered mountains are fantastic! The mix of mainly blues/whites in V1 is superb. Smile

Carol

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SUE118
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7 Feb 2014 - 7:18 AM

Lovely images and a very interesting description.Smile

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barbarahirst
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7 Feb 2014 - 7:37 AM

I do fancy walking those hills
Do you get up there much
Looks wonderful

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Badgerfred
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7 Feb 2014 - 8:15 AM

V1 my favourite in this super set Carol,
Fred.

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viscostatic
7 Feb 2014 - 8:33 AM

The Scottish mountains are rather pathetic when compared to these beauties Carol. The snow sets them off well against the blue sky in V1 but V3 is also nice and reminds us that it is not always sunny in the Med.

Phil.

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richmowil
richmowil e2 Member 5259 forum postsrichmowil vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Feb 2014 - 8:52 AM

Three really good images, again, Carol!! I can't choose between V1 and V3. Thanks for sharing them!!

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Mollycat
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7 Feb 2014 - 9:03 AM

Three wonderful pictures . Love the light and colour in them all. Peter.

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Chinga
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7 Feb 2014 - 9:39 AM

How very beautiful Carol! I was so impressed by the various mountain ranges Crete has in offer,
I was previlleged to cross one of the mountain ranges when I visited Elafonisi and Balos...
Just amazing trips, hope to go back one day... Your three shots are wonderful and brought back great memories! Grin
IB

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Lillian
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7 Feb 2014 - 9:51 AM

Quite remarkable scenes Carol
and V1 really stands out for the snow capped
mountains
Lillian

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ali63
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7 Feb 2014 - 10:49 AM

Wonderful images Carol,

Ali SmileSmileSmile

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Irishkate
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7 Feb 2014 - 10:56 AM


Quote: The Scottish mountains are rather pathetic when compared to these beauties Carol. The snow sets them off well against the blue sky in V1 but V3 is also nice and reminds us that it is not always sunny in the Med.

Phil.

Careful Phil our Scottish mountains are stunning!
That's not to say that these aren't also - I must say it's a complete surprise to me to see snow on a Greek island.
I just visualise you there basking in sunshine all the year round. It does look fantastic Carol.
Palm trees and snow together!! Please show us more of Crete.
Kate GrinGrinGrin

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Mavis
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7 Feb 2014 - 11:20 AM

different set of images for you Carol, very beautiful . An immense range of snow covered mountains & a fine view of the minarette xx

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digital_boi
7 Feb 2014 - 12:14 PM

V1 for me today Carol a stunningly good capture the sun is out here and Ben Lomond is looking resplendent in its white coat happy to be No. 30

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CaroleS
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7 Feb 2014 - 1:27 PM

A lovely set Carol, I do like V3 with that forbidding sky as it really shows up the mountains.
Carole

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LynneJoyce
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7 Feb 2014 - 1:34 PM

Lovely landscape work. If these were mine (I wish) I would crop 1 & 3 differently but these are your shots, not mine. V2 is my personal favourite.

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TonyDy
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7 Feb 2014 - 2:23 PM

Three superb landscapes, Carol.
Tony

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ukgubbi
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7 Feb 2014 - 2:35 PM

What a beautiful place to own a house there. Love the snow peaked mountains and crystal clear water. Super shots

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TrevBatWCC
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7 Feb 2014 - 2:39 PM

What a very delightful looking place! Smile A great set, Carol, and think V1 has to be my fave Wink
Trev Smile

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7 Feb 2014 - 2:58 PM

The beauty of the snow capped mountains brought to us by your good eye for composition Carol - all three have got to be Favourite.
Joan.

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7 Feb 2014 - 3:43 PM

A lovely set became more beautiful with the write up.

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Philip_H
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7 Feb 2014 - 4:38 PM

V2 stands out for me, Carol.

P.

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EileenH
EileenH  1 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2014 - 6:02 PM

Three beautiful images Smile

Eileen

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7 Feb 2014 - 6:55 PM

Terrific shots of this beautiful place with the mountains behind.
Ju

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7 Feb 2014 - 7:07 PM

Cracking pictures Carol, the snow covered mountains look stunning

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unicorn17
unicorn17  6 Scotland
7 Feb 2014 - 7:37 PM

Great to see. We had a sunny day here . A bit colder than you but just so wonderful to have taken the day of work to share it with our daughter who is visiting us !Grin

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7 Feb 2014 - 7:39 PM

3 wonderful images of this beautiful place Carol, well taken indeed.
Brian

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7 Feb 2014 - 9:52 PM

Crystal clear and sharp as sharp! Great images Carol! Smile

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7 Feb 2014 - 10:21 PM

A beautiful looking place Carol, very well portrayed

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7 Feb 2014 - 10:46 PM

Carol G the landscape tog, well I'm most impressed! What a super set of stunning scenes. The only thing that would impress me more is if you were to go up onto those mountains to take some shotsGrin

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8 Feb 2014 - 12:15 PM

Great shots Carol. Love the background of the mountains.

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8 Feb 2014 - 1:14 PM

What a great set of landscape images CarolSmile


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8 Feb 2014 - 5:51 PM

beautiful place Carol great shots.
eve.Smile

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9 Feb 2014 - 12:41 AM

You've captured a wonderful scene and presented it here so beautifully.
-=\Walter

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9 Feb 2014 - 6:22 AM

Wow, Carol, so you are not just a "bug-snapper" of the highest ilk, but a "landscape photographer extraordinaire".
I enjoy history and found your narrative most interesting - you were not in the least bit bothered about cloning out the scaffolding then..!!
Three superb images, all of which could stand alone, but made a beautiful and informative set.

Simon

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