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Lefka Ori

By CarolG  
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.

Tags: Landscape General Crete Mountains Landscape and travel

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ColleenA Plus
5 362 6 Australia
7 Feb 2014 5:54AM
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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User_Removed 5 4 1 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2014 6:17AM
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
andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2014 6:27AM
wonderful set carol brilliant detail and light wonderful colours v2 for me today a cracker nice one Wink
Andysnapper 10 109 25 England
7 Feb 2014 6:32AM
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.

bobsblues 8 10 2 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2014 6:43AM
Superb set Carol all three versions excellent wish I was out there Smile
ddolfelin Plus
6 103 3 Wales
7 Feb 2014 6:54AM
Lovely, familiar, picture, Carol.
Look forward to my next visit to Crete.
Caziwinkles 5 3 1 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2014 7:08AM
Wow! Love these Carol - those snow-covered mountains are fantastic! The mix of mainly blues/whites in V1 is superb. Smile

SUE118 Plus
9 8 1 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2014 7:18AM
Lovely images and a very interesting description.Smile
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2014 7:37AM
I do fancy walking those hills
Do you get up there much
Looks wonderful
7 Feb 2014 8:15AM
V1 my favourite in this super set Carol,
viscostatic 11 36 5 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2014 8:33AM
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.

richmowil Plus
9 352 2 England
7 Feb 2014 8:52AM
Three really good images, again, Carol!! I can't choose between V1 and V3. Thanks for sharing them!!
Mollycat Plus
4 11 2 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2014 9:03AM
Three wonderful pictures . Love the light and colour in them all. Peter.
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2014 9:39AM
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
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2014 9:51AM
Quite remarkable scenes Carol
and V1 really stands out for the snow capped
ali63 Plus
6 775 1 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2014 10:49AM
Wonderful images Carol,

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Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2014 10:56AM

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.


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.
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Mavis Plus
16 143 2 England
7 Feb 2014 11:20AM
different set of images for you Carol, very beautiful . An immense range of snow covered mountains & a fine view of the minarette xx
7 Feb 2014 12:14PM
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
CaroleS Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2014 1:27PM
A lovely set Carol, I do like V3 with that forbidding sky as it really shows up the mountains.
LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2014 1:34PM
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.
TonyDy Plus
9 10 3 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2014 2:23PM
Three superb landscapes, Carol.
ukgubbi 6 5 India
7 Feb 2014 2:35PM
What a beautiful place to own a house there. Love the snow peaked mountains and crystal clear water. Super shots
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
7 Feb 2014 2:39PM
What a very delightful looking place! Smile A great set, Carol, and think V1 has to be my fave Wink
Trev Smile
9 10 10 England
7 Feb 2014 2:58PM
The beauty of the snow capped mountains brought to us by your good eye for composition Carol - all three have got to be Favourite.
7 Feb 2014 3:43PM
A lovely set became more beautiful with the write up.
7 Feb 2014 4:38PM
V2 stands out for me, Carol.

EileenH 4 1 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2014 6:02PM
Three beautiful images Smile

JuBarney 6 26 3 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2014 6:55PM
Terrific shots of this beautiful place with the mountains behind.
Mike_Smith Plus
10 487 1 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2014 7:07PM
Cracking pictures Carol, the snow covered mountains look stunning
7 Feb 2014 7:37PM
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
Brian65 9 2 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2014 7:39PM
3 wonderful images of this beautiful place Carol, well taken indeed.
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2014 9:52PM
Crystal clear and sharp as sharp! Great images Carol! Smile
marktc Plus
7 101 15 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2014 10:21PM
A beautiful looking place Carol, very well portrayed
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
7 Feb 2014 10:46PM
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
Great shots Carol. Love the background of the mountains.

Nikonuser1 Plus
5 152 16 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2014 1:14PM
What a great set of landscape images CarolSmile

evelen 13 5 England
8 Feb 2014 5:51PM
beautiful place Carol great shots.
gajewski Plus
13 10 9 United States
9 Feb 2014 12:41AM
You've captured a wonderful scene and presented it here so beautifully.
9 Feb 2014 6:22AM
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.


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