The Indian Ocean Seychelles’ 115 granite and coral islands occupy a land area of 455 km² but most of the islands are small and can sustain very few people. In an attempt to increase land mass which is both suitable for occupation and economic development, the government, in tandem with interested parties, embarked on a land reclamation project in the late 1990’s. Mahé, the largest island and home to the majority of people and commercial activity has only a narrow strip of flat land running adjacent to the beaches and a small area of flat land to the south east of the island. The heavily forested, mountainous interior is an area of great natural beauty and unspoiled rain forest, and an area the Seychellois people wish to preserve.
This shot was taken from a high vantage point on Mahé. From the bottom of the shot progressing to the top you can see original land which quickly rises to the mountains (where I am standing), then comes the old shore line which now looks like a small creek. Next you can see a tract of reclaimed land on which the government has built housing for the local population. The land with the orange roofed buildings is the prestigious Eden Island and marina; built on reclaimed land, this South African developed complex houses luxury apartments and villas and berths for luxury sailing vessels.
In the distance one can see Ile de Cerf and the Sainte Anne Marine National Park.
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dta (77956) 2013-07-09 6:51
hello Rosemary ,
An outstanding panorama froùm this high point of view , and an excellent descrition of the landscape . The successive layers with strong contrasted colors make this piecture very attractive .
AdrianWrobel (1676) 2013-07-09 7:06
Heil, potê¿ne ujêcie, wspania³y widok. Bardzo mi siê podoba. Pozdrawiam - Adrian
Nicou (141990) 2013-07-09 7:37
quelle vue et image sueprbe captage sur ce port avec ces bandes de terre quelle immensité et panorama fantastique vue.
Bravo et amitié
timecapturer (49288) 2013-07-09 8:12
a glimpse of paradise this. Looks idyllic and full of such vibrant colours. Amazing what can be achieved if a set of luxury apartments are in the mix. Sorry being cynical, must be the 30c heat here in England today, summer has arrived with a vengeance and will be gone in the blink of an eye I expect. I does look beautiful and captured superbly.
holmertz (52638) 2013-07-09 8:53
This is not just a splendid panorama with superb colours, it's also a very interesting and informative picture (along with the note) which fits the TE motto of teaching about the world perfectly. It's very interesting to watch the reclaimed land and the way it has been used. I can't say that I feel an urge to spend a vacation in the Eden Island tourist ghetto, but I am sure it's a comfortable place. The combination of green, white, red and blue is anyway stunning.
Romano46 (18472) 2013-07-09 9:45
Non solo sono stupendi i colori con l'alternarsi dell'azzurro intenso del mare con il rosso immerso nel verde del villaggio, ma è la stessa composizione che si presta ad essere ammirata per la sua perfezione, dove tutto sembra trovarsi al posto giusto senza alcunchè di superfluo.
Una eccellente panoramica su questo angolo delle Seychelles ripreso in maniera superba.
Ciao e buona serata
saxo042 (37880) 2013-07-09 11:37
The cluster of red roof gives an interesting effect against the very blue water. This looks indeed like a very attractive place, like a paradise.
PaulVDV (29017) 2013-07-09 12:28
A very attractive composition in horizontal layers with different contrasting colours.
You found a wonderful viewpoint and this is surely a panorama that one can admire for a long time.
The picture is well detailed. On closer inspection, we discover lots of interesting things.
Best regards, Paul
bartekp (4746) 2013-07-09 13:26
It looks like a suburb for big city...
Very good composition and vivid colours.
Thanks for sharing
Have a nice evening
carlo62 (48179) 2013-07-09 13:43
un panorama molto bello, di solito le foto delle Seychelles mostrano spiagge bianche e palme, questa è una foto diversa, che ci mostra una parte più "normale" delle famose isole e bella ed interessante per questo.
jjcordier (79297) 2013-07-09 22:20
Très beau point de vue sur ce joli port et ce somptueux paysage qui fait rêver. Lumière et couleurs magnifiques.
Silvio1953 (143015) 2013-07-10 12:16
Ciao Rosemary, fantastic sea view, great POV on lovely harbour, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
jcpix (13930) 2013-07-10 13:38
Well now, this offers up a different perspective of the islands...and a great one at that! My initial thought was that this was perhaps the Caribbean, so it's nice to see yet another side of this locale. The colors here are stunning, so deep and rich I just want to throw myself into the mix. :) This wide open view really takes on a life of its own and shows up a nice layout of the region, as it then leads us out to sea. Beautiful, bright, and tantalizing to the senses. Thanks for the view.
All the best,
wolf38 (31296) 2013-07-11 0:48
Hello Rosemary. So now you were on the Sychellen. The view from the top of the countryside and the sea is just fantastic. Unfortunately, this area of the world is still a white spot on my map.
jacquest (18927) 2013-07-11 3:53
This is a superb panorama with an interestting note. The vantage point as allowed to really show what the note describes. The colors are well saturated and the image is of hight quality.
cornejo (42251) 2013-07-11 4:00
Hi Rosemary, back here after a few days of absence on holiday. Wonderful view of this beautiful place, very well captured with a great pov, in this great and beautiful photography. A wonderful image of a lovely place to vacation, good sharpness, depth and quality. A nice, good job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good afternoon and happy rest of week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
Noel_Byrne (31114) 2013-07-11 8:11
This is a beautiful scene, and slightly surreal with its array of deep rich colors like this. I'm grateful for your note to understand how the layer effect of the land is achieved here. Those homes with the red roofs look like a particularly fine place to live.
abmdsudi (54041) 2013-07-11 9:54
The high viewpoint offers a panoramic view of the stunning blue ocean views from this famous resort island with the stretching red roofs across the mid frame are indeed so eye-catching full of pretty corners, rich in colors and cosily sandwitched by pretty lush green. Superb exposure in brilliant lighting and so much more to view in this delightful shot. Congrats, TFS
delpeoples (58026) 2013-07-12 4:14
I saw this on FB and couldn't take my eyes off it. The colours and textures just jumpout of the monitor at the viewer. What an impressive POV and a stunning depth of field you've achieved. You really have demonstrated not just what a great photographer you are, but also how very beautiful this magical place is.
Thanks for sharing, enjoy your Friday
jemaflor (97169) 2013-07-12 23:26
Great view with a good pov on the sea, I like the contrast between islands and blue sea, nice colors, tfs.
m (0) 2013-07-13 8:10
gorgeous view you present us here with some spectacular colors. The bight red roofs against the deep azure of the sea are amazing. Love the scenery.
Thanks and have a great weekend
mkamionka (36699) 2013-07-14 3:20
beautiful view. I like very much vivid, eye catching colors. Fantastic POV to allow this spectacular panorama.
Kielia (24077) 2013-07-14 3:36
you have chosen a very well working POV!
Your photo gives us information about the surface of a landscape we otherwise won’t get. This very fascinating mix of islands, woods, houses and the sea is beautiful. The colors make the image very attractive. My compliments also for the note!
macjake (67706) 2013-07-16 15:21
A couple of things really stand out for me here...first of all, the great range of color between the greenish river in the lower fg compared to the aqua blues in the middle portion.
and secondly, those middle red-roofed homes must cost a FORTUNE! Which is kind of evidenced by the large white yachts!
a fine layered shot, lots of color to dazzle the eyes.
love seeing these hidden gems of Africa
- Copyright: Rosemary Walden (SnapRJW) (31629)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-06-16
- Categories: Nature, Architecture
- Exposure: f/13.0, 1/320 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-07-09 6:31
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