‘Ushguli - Georgia's final frontier’
A second picture of Ushguli in the Caucasus region of Svaneti.
At my previous picture I explained that for many visitors this region is the final adventure during their journey in Georgia.
In the morning the weather is usually clearer than later on the day. Then the tops of the mountain range are visible.
These mountains form the border with Russia. The summit of Mt. Shkhara, the highest peak of Georgia, is - depending on the source - 5.068 meters or 5.201 meters. It is the third highest mountain of Europe.
The highest, Mount Elbrus, and the second highest, Dykh-Tau, are at the other side of the border in Russia.
Ushguli comprises 4 settlements and they’re situated at 2.100 to 2.200 meters above sea level.
This makes Ushguli the highest permanently inhabited village in Europe.
On the left on the picture you see the Church of La Maria that is located at the very end of the village at about the highest point.
The church overlooks the long valley towards Mt. Shkhara. From there a day walk takes you to a glacier and back to the village.
Information from Wikipedia, Lonely Planet Guide and Dominicus Guide.
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npecanhuk (75156) 2013-12-12 15:48
That's a magnificent place, for sure!
I also enjoy the painting-like photograph, with special regards to the colors and composition!
TFS - congrats,
worldcitizen (8576) 2013-12-12 17:08
This scenery is beautiful. It looks like something we'd see in an alpine setting, like a Swiss village. I like the way the land rises as it moves out into the distance, from grassland, to green hills, and then the mountains. The bright, sunny day is also lovely, and the inclusion of the church adds even more to this great scene.
hidibyendu (929) 2013-12-12 17:55
This is so much picturesque. Beautiful.
Nice mountain in the back with all the greenery in the front along blue-white sky. Looks an awesome composition.
Subhogen (4067) 2013-12-12 19:34
This photo is as good as or even better than your previous post. I like your POV and the way you have composed the picture. The snow capped high mountains are bang in middle of the two descending green mountain slopes. Vivid colors and clarity makes it enjoyable.
It looks so much alike to a place called Chitkul in India, which incidentally is also the last Indian village on that route before the border with China.
Thanks for sharing a scenic photo.
Corry (4508) 2013-12-12 19:41
Vous avez pris une belle photo de ce paysage de montagnes enneigées avec beaucoup de verdure en avant plan. J'aime bien la présence de cette clôture qui traverse l'image. Bonne profondeur de champ. Bien fait.
Graal (102752) 2013-12-12 23:25
landscape here is beautiful. Amazing valley and mountains in BG. I like the colors and light also. Good presentation from Georgia.
Have a nice day.
emka (96603) 2013-12-12 23:43
Hi Paul, Gorgeous view form Georgia. When your goal is to inspire someone for a trip there, it is very well fulfilled. I want more and more to go there. Not this year, though :). And summer time is probably the best with the carpet of flowers. fantastic view of the rocky mounntains in background.
WArm regrads MAlgo
carlo62 (47549) 2013-12-13 0:27
bellissimo panorama, bella la contrapposizione tra la linea della staccionata e la montagna innevata sovrastata dalle nuvole.
Ottime le diagonali create dai fianchi delle due montagne laterali.
krzychu30 (15512) 2013-12-13 1:59
I´m truly delighted by this montanous landscape.
Rural life in the FG and impressive and raw nature in the BG.Magnificent combination and excellent treatment of the image,which makes it really eye-catching and expressive when it comes to its graphics.
Have a nice day
dta (77606) 2013-12-13 2:18
Bonjour Paul ,
J'aurais peut être une restriction sur le nuage dont l'effet n'est pas très naturel , mais sinon , le paysage est magnifique , et la composition particulièrement réussie .
jhm (152314) 2013-12-13 3:22
Wanneer u dit beeld voor ogen krijgt, dan kan een fotograaf geen minuut twijfelen om deze mooie foto te nemen.
Hier zit veel in, van het panorama gedeelte tot de fantastische achtergrond met de bergen.
Paul, ik val in herhaling, foto's maken is een kwestie van even de compositie te bekijken, voor dat men aanvangt.
Dit is werkelijk een mooie foto, neemt dit van mij maar aan.
holmertz (52096) 2013-12-13 5:00
Another fascinating view from one of the least familiar corners of Europe (which used to be included in Asia when I grew up, and still is by TE). The fences split the long view into the valley in sections which make my eyes' journey through the picture more pleasant and gives the view good depth. The large boulder is well placed in the foreground and connects nicely with the tower on a diagonal, making the composition firm and stable. The lights and colours are as fine as always.
adramad (45386) 2013-12-13 5:07
Wow ...... Great and wonderful landscape, the valley is lush and green is delightful, the tower and the house gives a nice touch, but the stunning snow-capped mountains in the background, they are like a large impenetrable wall. The sky is also great.
A colorful perfect very natural.
A bright image with optimum clarity.
Good job. I love it.
Enjoy a good weekend.
Sergiom (78697) 2013-12-13 6:04
Un paysage de rêve qu'il faut prendre le temps d'apprécier à sa juste valeur. La prairie forme un beau V qui pousse le regard au loin vers les montagnes enneigées. Le nuage qui cache le léger contre jour est impressionnant.
rychem (35373) 2013-12-13 8:45
There are not many photos from Geaorgia on TE, georgia has fantastic landscapes and your photos show the beauty of this country, great shot
dkmurphys (58104) 2013-12-13 10:24
Another lovely scene from that mountain land. It looks great, very picturesque composition.
Have a nice weekend.
cornejo (41839) 2013-12-13 10:27
Hi Paul, great view with great depth of this beautiful landscape with beautiful mountains in the background, very well captured with a great POV with excellent and beautiful photography. A wonderful image of a postcard lovely, with good sharpness, depth and quality. A great job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good night and happy weekend.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
Romano46 (18472) 2013-12-13 10:28
un'altra proposta dalla Georgia splendida, con un paesaggio grandioso, ottimamente illuminato e ricco di colori.
Appropriato al soggetto anche il formato quadrato che include il meglio della veduta grandiosa che avevi davanti ai tuoi occhi.
Complimenti per l'ottima esecuzione.
Ciao, buona serata e buon fine settimana
claudeD (38436) 2013-12-13 11:54
amazing landscape picture from Georgia with a very good composition, fine colors and sharpness. I like the view very much.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
bukitgolfb301 (41472) 2013-12-13 13:03
Hi dear Paul
Another great continuation from previous one. Stuniing and breathtaking and also calm postcard. So tasetful color touch in the perfect framework is very nice to see. So nicely posting at this cold and windy season, Paul.
All the best and have a good Saturday! Takero from cold Tokyo
eldancer1 (36343) 2013-12-13 14:10
Beautiful landscape! I like the snow-covered mountains and the clouds. Good lighting and sharp details. Well done, tfs.
There's a herd (about 20 animals) of wild horses at Cold Creek about 40 miles from Las Vegas, the area is public land but not restricted. They are always there, they are wild but people friendly and you can get very close to them especially if you bring apples or carrots but that's against the law if you get caught.
cebe (1489) 2013-12-13 14:52
Boujour Paul. Un autre très joli paysage de Géorgie. Chaque fois ça me donne envie d'aller y faire un tour un jour! Des éléments tels le rocher à doite et la clôture donnent de la profondeur et les pentes de chaque côté amènent le regard vers le centre de la photo. Les hautes lumières dans les nuages sont un peu moins réussies, mais plein de belles choses à voir qui compensent amplement. Amicalement, Claude.
SWEETFREEDOM (24621) 2013-12-14 8:14
Beautiful landcape. Great colors and details.
photoray (13981) 2013-12-14 11:36
Attractive and tranquil view of the Ushguli valley, foreground of wildflowers, crossing to the village, then the craggy snow covered mountains.
All in fine resolution and coloring.
williewhistler (16394) 2013-12-14 13:55
this is as I am looking through an open window upon some of the most dramatic scenery,taken at the optimum time from an excellent view point the shadows help to create a fine photograph with excellent depth and superb clarity.
The distant snow capped mountains are particularly impressive.
Very fine photography.
chrislo (4155) 2013-12-14 14:00
Wat een prachtig natuurlandschap is dit ! Het doet me echt denken aan Zwitserland. De groene hoogvlakte opent zich naar een prachtig uitzicht over de majestueuze bergen in achtergrond. Mooi hoe de houten omheining loopt dwars door de foto (ik zie Heidi daar ook wel lopen ;). Het lijkt alsof wij, toeschouwers, zaten voor het toneel om dit fantastische spektakel te bewonderen. Zeer mooie samenstelling met veel diepte en prachtige kleuren. Zoals Denis het al zei, lijkt de lucht een beetje onnatuurlijk, maar dat neemt niets weg van de schoonheid van deze foto. Heel mooi gedaan, Paul.
Prettig weekend toegewenst.
Waylim (25502) 2013-12-14 15:55
The full ranges of colors show the splendid of the summer time at its best. Love the POV starting from the green valley with a few farm houses and ranch, slowly leads us into base of the mountain range and up to the snow peak top with beautiful puffy cloud. A beautiful scenery and photo with good composition.
papagolf21 (101040) 2013-12-15 0:44
Bonjour, cher Paul,
Quel paysage proposé à travers cette composition ! Que la nature est belle.
Et puis, il y a ces nuages gonflés d'importance qui roulent au-dessus des montagnes avec élégance.
Très jolie composition.
ktanska (27540) 2013-12-15 9:31
Veryy beautiful place. And good viewpoint looking down the valley. Good framing too, with that boulder on lower right corner, and the tower on the left.
fabbs99 (17165) 2013-12-15 15:05
Nice colorful image of the mountains.Lovely true colors and good
lighting.Great landscape shot.Very well done. TFS.
delpeoples (57716) 2013-12-15 22:33
Salut cher Paul
What an amazing landscape, so lush and fertile. I'm impressed by the texture of the mountains, how you managed the sky and how you used the fence in the FG to draw the eye into the image. This looks like Switzerland! A lovely, exotic and lesser known place, thanks for sharing it with us.
nikkitta (17066) 2013-12-16 11:15
Reading your note I discover why I was so attracted for your capture, it has a church with my name that protected me when taken photos at police buildings
Jokes aside, I truly enjoy this captures of the very isolated and colorful region
Like the composition opening at the back to show the very high mountains (same snow covered) all in great contrast with the superbe sky
Well done, good week ahead
Glint (6171) 2013-12-16 11:39
this is a fabulous view. There is a great dof here; the fg rocks on the right, the village with its church, the mountains in the middle that lead the eye to the snowy peaks. All nicely framed by the mountains on each side. The clouds and blue sky are icing on the cake.
Cricri (118917) 2013-12-17 9:55
C'est vraiment un très beau pays la Géorgie, une vraie beauté de la nature, bien présenter sous une très belle lumière, les montagnes sont splendides en contraste avec celle sous la neige, le ciel est superbe
ChrisJ (113331) 2013-12-20 2:16
Looks similar to Switzerland or even eastern Anatollia in Turkey. Good sharpness and superb colour and saturation. I like the tops of the snowcapped peaks at left catching the sunlight. The fg picket fence adds lead in lines and perspective. A bit of oe in the highlights but no major drama! Tfs!
COSTANTINO (64792) 2014-01-16 23:05
I chose this natural landscape today
because I liked the freshness and
the lightness looking at the sky
carefully the moving clouds
I have the feeling of flying
the greenery and the white
flowersin the foreground
create a natural beauty
have a n ice weekend
RhodieIke (11744) 2014-01-17 22:44
Good Morning Paul,
Love your Dof, in this scene and the super colours, great clarity. The cloud fits in so well above the valley and your inclusion of the boulders to the right balance it all. Well spotted and managed.
Trust your are well and enjoy your Saturday.