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The White Whale (Hot Spring in Bagni San Filippo)

By ZenTony
The term "White Whale" is a local name given to this formation of calcium carbonate deposits from hot spring in Bagni San Filippo in Southern Tuscany. Probably the least known of the spring in the area they are really impressive with the water in some of the pools reaching 48 degrees C. Quite toasty actually.
Just for a brief moment there were just a couple of people in the frame rather than many. It gave the shot a rather more surreal feel to it.

Tags: Tuscany Landscape and travel Hot springs Bagni San Filippo

Voters: nellacphoto, AlfieK, clevercloggs and 79 more

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AlfieK Plus
5 1 1 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2021 6:51AM
An interesting location, Tony. At first glance, my thoughts were the end of a glacier and those figures must have lost the plot!
Good mono work.
26 Mar 2021 6:52AM
Great shot Tony
At first I thought it was a couple of nutters in their swimming costumes surrounded by snow!
Clearly quite the opposite!
Award winning stuff
Colin Smile
clevercloggs 18 251 15 Netherlands
26 Mar 2021 6:59AM
Impressive calcium deposits, puts the ones in Greece to shame.
Good angle too. The people in the frame give the whole image a sense of scale. Like the somewhat menacing mono too.
woolybill1 Plus
15 38 79 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2021 7:05AM
Without your caption to correct me I too assumed these two had selected the wrong wardrobe for their holiday. Extremely surreal!

leo_nid 5 12
26 Mar 2021 7:09AM
absolutely stunning
26 Mar 2021 7:11AM
Great mono shot, glad to read the location first thought was they were mad in ice pool.
smut01 Plus
6 111 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2021 7:32AM
Wow, that's a stunning image. Without your explanation, I would never have known it wasn't snow! Fantastic!
DaveRyder Plus
8 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2021 7:35AM
From the thumb nail I thought is was an ice sheet - quite the opposite really.
26 Mar 2021 7:45AM
Great subject matter, Tony and a fabulous composition.

gpimages Plus
12 79 3 England
26 Mar 2021 8:13AM
What a great image Tony. I like that the couple are on an incline mirroring the ridge line. Stunning rock formations you've captured there and striking conversion. Excellent shot.
Graham Wink
saltireblue Plus
12 13.1k 83 Norway
26 Mar 2021 8:46AM
That's impressive! I too thought it was ice...
Off to read up on it...
cooky Plus
18 6 6 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2021 9:05AM
Excellent Title for an excellent image.

Your quest has finished Tony...

Well done my shipmate!
Captain Ahab
franken Plus
19 5.5k 4 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2021 9:09AM
Amazing, Tony.
af1 Plus
9 1 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2021 10:23AM
Just amazing almost like a film set...
James124 Plus
7 50 51 Portugal
26 Mar 2021 10:37AM
I too thought it was snow and ice........ Then read your caption!
What an amazing place! And a beautiful mono image and the couple add the necessary scale.
mistere Plus
9 16 6 England
26 Mar 2021 11:28AM
An amazing location Tony, very nicely captured and presented.
26 Mar 2021 11:35AM
Fascinating image Tony
26 Mar 2021 12:19PM
Super shot Tony. First impressions were misleading, I thought it was a glacier!
Cheers Roland
Daisymaye Plus
13 23 23 Canada
26 Mar 2021 1:30PM
This really is quite amazing Tony. One would have to see it to believe it. The people make it even more so. The sky is awesome too.
BillRookery 6 2 4 England
26 Mar 2021 1:43PM
26 Mar 2021 2:12PM
Stunning image Tony. At first glance I thought it was Pamukkale in Turkey. I love the stalactite formations. Nature is so amazing.

26 Mar 2021 3:14PM
Absolutely stunning image Tony, quite mesmerising and perfect for mono. Would be interested to see the the image in natural colour to compare the impact...great work...RaySmile
johnke Plus
9 232 17 England
26 Mar 2021 3:41PM
Exceptional processing Tony beautifully composed and very well detailed...John
Fefe Plus
10 74 41 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2021 3:49PM
Terrific image!
kojack 10 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2021 4:55PM
A nicely captured landscape shot.
suemart Plus
4 4 2 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2021 5:45PM
Brilliant! The comments above say it all Smile
26 Mar 2021 8:46PM
Interesting to see the original file, Tony your processing couldn't have been better. Well worthy of all the attention. 👍
af1 Plus
9 1 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2021 8:59PM
Thanks for that Tony what a incredible location l bet you rattled off loads of shots ! l love them all thank you very much for sharing...Alan
capto Plus
10 7.0k 32 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2021 10:09PM
What an unreal place, quite amazing.Smile
Chinga Plus
11 102 3 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2021 1:39PM
A fascinating location... Amazing what Nature does,,,
Good imagery, Isabel GrinGrinGrin
6 Apr 2021 1:06PM
Seriously beautiful and the people make it ...... 2 awards in a day I'm getting soft
7 Apr 2021 1:51AM
Wow ...I can' t believe this shot did not garner an EC or GEA. Magnificent capture Tony
Cheers Walt

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