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Lefka Ori

By CarolG  
Seeing so many snowy images recently gave me the idea of capturing some of our snow, and on a calm and wind-free day I set off for Rethymnon harbour, for a couple of images of the mountainous range of Lefka Ori. Lefka Ori (meaning White Mountains), cover the largest part of the prefecture of Chania and are the largest mountain range of 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 till 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.

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Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
21 Jan 2013 5:25AM
These are excellent images Carol !! What a lovely place .... and those mountains !!GrinGrinGrinGrin

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JimV 11 6 3 Canada
21 Jan 2013 5:30AM
These shots blow me away Carol, silly me I am astonished at seeing snow covered mountains in Crete, and that they stay that way until June is even more surprising. As to the shots they are both excellent, lots to see and full of interest, quite something to see snow and palm trees together!
Rgds., Jim
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
21 Jan 2013 5:37AM
A beautiful mixture of elements

gajewski Plus
13 10 9 United States
21 Jan 2013 6:00AM
What a fantastic vista -- both shots are wonderful,
ugly Plus
10 9 57 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2013 6:18AM
Great images Carole...
At added you your porfilo of difrent styles...

bobsblues 8 10 2 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2013 6:25AM
Never thought of you having snow in Crete Carol always thought it was sunshine ,These two are great shots and not a bug in sight, Well done .SmileSmile
Andysnapper 10 109 25 England
21 Jan 2013 6:38AM
Surprised.....I should say so. Superb shots Carol and what a beautiful scene. It looks so incongruous with those palms and the snowy mountains behind, fabulous.

LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2013 6:45AM
V1 is a real stunner with those reflections. Two great landscape shots.
marktc Plus
7 101 15 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2013 7:01AM
These two images are wonderful Carol, something very different from you and magnificent
21 Jan 2013 7:07AM
Magnificent shot
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
21 Jan 2013 7:15AM
Great contrast between the palm trees and snowy mountains, Carol. The angle of the sun gives some lovely shadows on the snow.

SUE118 Plus
10 8 1 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2013 7:20AM
Beautifully captured.
fentiger Plus
17 918 24 England
21 Jan 2013 8:03AM
Two beautiful scenes well captured.

KarenFB Plus
12 5.0k 171 England
21 Jan 2013 8:24AM
Beautiful - at a distance!

The sooner our's is 'at a distance' the happier I will be!!
21 Jan 2013 8:41AM
Superb images of this beautiful mountain range Carol and in V2 you can really see those snow covered peaks in detail. And in V1 i love that gorgeous reflection of the
shoreline on the water and the big composition.

EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
21 Jan 2013 9:02AM

Quote:Beautiful - at a distance!

The sooner our's is 'at a distance' the happier I will be!!

Ditto! Grin

Blowing a blizzard outside my windows this morning.

pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2013 9:02AM
Something very different from you Carol, well done
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2013 9:05AM
just love that blue sky as a bonus
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2013 9:08AM
And you have good light... We have the snow but everything is murky grey...
21 Jan 2013 9:13AM
I envy that it has snowed in Crete, and here we didn't see nor a snowflakeGrinGrinGrin Two excellent captures Carol of this lovely place. Superb light
RuthyJ 12 England
21 Jan 2013 9:20AM
Looks wonderful Carol. So warm. Smile
PaulLiley 9 2 13 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2013 9:35AM
Beautiful shots Carol. My kinda pics. Never realised they are 2000m on Crete. Supa stuff. Paul
21 Jan 2013 10:05AM
Breathtaking images, so well captured.
lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
21 Jan 2013 10:15AM
Unusual for you, landscapes, but they have your normal quality
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
21 Jan 2013 10:17AM
An interesting departure from your usual work, Carol, but great to see 'the wider view' at times: these mountains are well named and for sure living up to expectations with that heavy covering of snow.
achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
21 Jan 2013 10:30AM
Two very beautiful captures Carol, equal votes!


Graham_P 11 1 19 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2013 10:36AM
A bit different to how we're used to seeing them in the summer months Carol,
It was 30c in the town at 10pm when we were last there 2 years ago, Smile

9 10 10 England
21 Jan 2013 11:14AM
Interesting write up to accompany these excellent images Carol.
TonyDy Plus
9 10 3 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2013 11:29AM
Superb landscapes, Carol, - looks a bit different from when we were there with you in the pouring rain!
It is snowing here at the moment but it is wet snow and turning to slush almost instantly.
Tibetan 6 3 England
21 Jan 2013 11:29AM

Quote:Never thought of you having snow in Crete Carol always thought it was sunshine ,These two are great shots and not a bug in sight, Well done .SmileSmile

Wot no bugs lol. makes a change Carol, but a nice one, love both and thanks for the information, regards Leon lucky youTongueTongueTongueTongueTongueTongueGrin
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2013 11:34AM
It certainly has more appeal and charm than the River Medway Carol.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
21 Jan 2013 11:37AM
How lovely. Snow always looks so much prettier with a blue sky, and that lovely village in the foreground.
21 Jan 2013 11:44AM
Lovely panoramic capture, Carol.

21 Jan 2013 12:25PM
fine captures Carol a pleasure to view excellent

Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2013 12:26PM
Looks like you get the best of all worlds with snow and plenty sunshine.
These are beautiful images - love V2 with those snow covered peaks so clear against the sky.
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
21 Jan 2013 12:58PM
I would never have guessed you would get that much snow in your mountains. Two lovely and very interesting images Carol..........Sandy
Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2013 2:31PM
Two lovely images Carol........... I must say I nearly fell off my seat when I saw this was yours.......Not a insect to be seen, although I am sure some must be lurkingWink
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
21 Jan 2013 2:45PM
When I saw the thumbnail I wondered whether I was in the right portfolio, Carol Grin

These are BREATHTAKING views. Such amazing light and clarity you've got in these two! Wonderful reflections in V1 but I really like the reflections of the rocks in V2. Nice colourful stretchy abstracts Smile

Very interesting reading the info about the mountain range. It boggles the mind, where it's 25km WIDE!

Thanks so much for sharing these with us Smile

TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
21 Jan 2013 3:00PM
This is the best place for snow - up in the mountains, not down here at ground level like we all have! Wink Two super captures, Carol, some nice reflections on the water in V1, and V2 really shows off the snow-capped mountains towering over the town Smile
Trev Smile
ddolfelin Plus
6 103 3 Wales
21 Jan 2013 3:10PM
One of my favourite places, Crete - and a very good intro into your portfolio. Carol - thanks.
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
21 Jan 2013 3:19PM
A special place to visit Carol. No doubt there will now be dozen of bus trips full of photographers. You can tell them you saw it first.
Brian65 9 2 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2013 3:48PM
FANTASTIC! shots Carol, and great write up. I bet theres lots of bugs to be had there.SmileSmileWinkWink
Gerryrys 6 1 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2013 3:49PM
Lovely colours here Carole. Mountains, snow and water. Great combination.

Stace Plus
10 2 2 England
21 Jan 2013 4:20PM
well captured Carol

21 Jan 2013 5:05PM
Hi carol, this is an excellent seascape image, but out of this two I like the V1 the most.. excellent color of blue..

21 Jan 2013 6:18PM
Two fantastic shots Carol..Lin
tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2013 7:23PM
Evenin' Carol

What a beatiful place you live in

The mountains are certainly imposingWink

Cold today, around 0C, but -6C forecast for laterSad

21 Jan 2013 7:23PM
A delightful photograph with a great narrative Carol. Thank you.

21 Jan 2013 7:45PM
A couple of wonderful scenic images Carol Smile
gingerdelight 11 298 11 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2013 7:57PM
How very, very beautiful!
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
21 Jan 2013 8:43PM
V2 looks wonderful Carol especially the detail on the snow capped mountains.
suemason 12 2 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2013 3:20PM
Fab photos Carol. I was really surprised to see the snow capped mountains. Had no idea it got that cold in Crete.
23 Jan 2013 12:53PM
Two stunning captures Carol, such beautiful places. Smile
Ridgeway 11 222 2 Ireland
24 Jan 2013 3:17PM
Love no,2 Carol shows the enormity of the mountains,,

Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
24 Jan 2013 6:13PM
Two wonderful views of these snowcapped mountains. You'll have to get yourself a red north face coat and some hiking boots so that you can go and explore those mountains for us and bring back some pics!Grin
brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
19 Jul 2013 11:03PM
A beautiful place, indeed.

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