‘Ushguli - Georgia's final frontier’
For many visitors of Georgia the region of Svaneti is the final adventure.
Those seeking the unknown will find there a part of the country that like no other has preserved its original medieval appearance and where most of the ancient traditions of its inhabitants has been retained.
Due to the remoteness of this region in the Caucasus and by building high stone defensive towers, the inhabitants of Svaneti managed to keep foreign rulers out. Svaneti has never been tamed by anyone.
Even in the era of the Soviet Union it has largely retained its traditional way of life.
Today visitors who don’t have their own transport, will easily get in Mestia by marshrutka (minibus). To get to Ushguli will be a bit more difficult (or a bit more pricey). A taxi jeep will take people from Mestia to Ushguli in just over 2 hours. The distance is only 47 kilometers.
There aren’t hotels in Ushguli but residents rent rooms to visitors and prepare meals for their guests.
Ushguli comprises 4 settlements at walking distance from each other and they’re situated at 2.100 to 2.200 meters above sea level. This makes Ushguli the highest permanently inhabited village in Europe.
The border with Russia is formed by several high mountains and in Ushguli you can see the top of Mt. Shkhara.
Depending on the source the summit is 5.068 meters or 5.201 meters.
In the summer months the mountain peaks are best seen early in the morning. Afterwards the peaks disappear regularly in the clouds as you can see on my picture here. More pictures will follow sometime.
Information from Wikipedia, Lonely Planet Guide and Dominicus Guide.
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fabbs99 (16167) 2013-12-08 19:33
This is a lovely landscape shot.Great colors and sharpness.I love to see the houses at the bottom of the frame and the steep mountains.Great view,too good.TFS.
serp2000 (39998) 2013-12-08 19:48
Good December morning, Paul,
Impressive landscape... you just feel yourself little creature on this great valley. Fantastic background! TFS!
Excellent photo, vivid colors, fine DoF!
mirosu (13806) 2013-12-08 20:03
Many thanks for excellent educative introduction note.
I like very much how balanced and elegant this composition looks as you have employed the elements that define the scenery, the colours and the perspectives in an excellent way. We get a great idea of this nice place and of its architectural and natural surroundings, depth and clarity are superb. Apart from that, even beyond the physical description, the picture is a delight to look at for its beautiful light and bright contrasting colours. Very well done,
Corry (4508) 2013-12-08 20:42
Superbe point de vue sur cette vallée au pied des montagnes. Beau contraste entre la verdure et la neige. Très belle composition. Salutations.
Subhogen (4065) 2013-12-08 20:48
What a marvelous view of this mountainous region. I like the POV and the composition. The dim sunlight on the village is priceless. It makes good contrast with the green all around. Great DOF to catch a sharp image of the snow capped high mountains peeking through the brooding sky in the BG.
Wow! what a place..I love the mountains and would like to stay for a day or two in this little piece of heaven.
Thanks for sharing this wonderful place with an informative note.
Thanks for sharing.
dta (66594) 2013-12-08 22:51
Bonjour Paul ,
C'est non seulement un village extraordinaire , avec ses tours massives , dans un grandiose décor de montage , mais les conditions étaient magnifiques : lumière sur le premier plan , et superbe effet des sommets ennuagés à l'arrière plan .
Splendide image .
dkmurphys (49292) 2013-12-09 0:08
Very spectacular place, a wonderful image in great colors. Wonderful, just great!
Have a fine week.
krzychu30 (15498) 2013-12-09 2:10
this little village is as picturesque and fascinating as your whole composition!
Just love the strong,vivid colors and how they contrast with each other.Really magnificent and expressive graphical composition!
Have a nice day
jhm (139214) 2013-12-09 2:28
Uw nota sluit perfect aan bij de gedachtengoed van TE.
Op deze manier leren we iets bij iedere dag.
We krijgen een mooi zicht op het dorp, en de mooie helling van de berg die diagonaal loopt over de foto.
Heel mooie samenstelling met gepaste kleuren, ook technisch zeer goed gedaan.
holmertz (41045) 2013-12-09 2:31
This is truly magnificent. I'm not sure what impresses me the most, whether the dark green hillside, the snowclad mountain and the clouds or the actual village. Each part is outstandning and the strong colours increase the beauty of the view. Your description of how this area was never conquered or "tamed" reminds me of the wild mountaineous areas of western Pakistan, ruled by fiercely independent-minded clans, or some of the Kurdish areas. It seems that people living among the mountains never want to be ruled by those from the lowlands.
Sergiom (60070) 2013-12-09 5:27
J'aime beaucoup le format carré de cette composition. Le paysage est magnifique entre la belle luminosité sur le village et le ciel gris qui serpente entre les montagnes. J'aime le jeu des ombres et de la lumière.
yquem46 (38734) 2013-12-09 6:18
une très belle image avec des couleurs nettes et naturelles qui se marient très bien entre le village baigné d'une belle lumière, le vert des collines et le gris bleuté du ciel et des sommets enneigés
Une image très agréable et bien équilibrée
adramad (38039) 2013-12-09 8:00
This composition is quite exciting .... great charm to give the high towers of the small population, after the intense green of the hillsides near the village, are the most attractive and the snowy peaks, we glimpse through the clouds, are a fabulous complement an incredible place .
Very attractive colors in this image.
Superbly managed the brightness and sharpness.
Well done. I love the image.
Have a nice week.
All the best.
saxo042 (37564) 2013-12-09 10:12
This is a marvellous landscape view and this is also a very well composed picture. The strong colours and the pleasant contrasts contribute to the perfect result. Also a very interesting note!
resat1972 (7326) 2013-12-09 10:21
Good Evening Paul
each frame of the gorgeous photo
very nice work
cornejo (31514) 2013-12-09 11:29
Hi Paul, very good view of this interesting and impressive villa surrounded by beautiful mountains, very good frame and capture good pov, good and interesting photograph with good sharpness, depth and quality. A great job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good evening and happy start to the week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
Fis2 (85515) 2013-12-09 12:08
Excellent POV, composition and colors.
Beautiful light and sharpness.
Very well done.
Romano46 (18450) 2013-12-09 13:09
la fine della Georgia, ma probabilmente la più bella delle foto dedicata a questa regione.
Un paesaggio di grande bellezza e colori brillanti sono gli elementi salienti di questa stupenda foto che incorona felicemente con la superbia dei monti e delle loro caratteristiche fisiche questo incredibile e luminoso villaggio.
Ciao e buona serata
Oceania (4858) 2013-12-09 13:19
Wow...the setting of the village is speechlessly beautiful. You gave the majority space for the snow-capped the mountain and the green slope, excellent. It must be breathtaking when you're seeing this view in person.
ourania (31029) 2013-12-09 13:19
both your picture and your note are fascinating. This place is amazing, you are giving us a good description of this unique village that surely makes us wish to know more about it and about its inhabitants. The colours are superb and your framing has given a dramatic appeal to the natural scenery, with the vertiginous diagonal and the dense clouds that are hiding an extraordinary sight. The lighting and the cloud shadows add to the allure of this remote scenery. I'm looking forward to seeing more of this place. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
nikkitta (14852) 2013-12-09 13:35
Impresive landscape taken with exellent POV in great contrast village, wild mountains, impresive clouds and the Shkhara at the very back
Thanks for the informative note and congrats for the capture
photoray (12189) 2013-12-09 13:57
Appealing scene with the green landscape then the snowy peaks looking down on the ancient Ushguli town, accentuated by the multiple clouds.
Periko (2663) 2013-12-09 16:12
Nice village under this green diagonal. The snowy and cloud-covered mountain is a great background.
rychem (23244) 2013-12-09 20:19
Fantastic world, impressive mountain landscape and great light, compliments
bukitgolfb301 (35938) 2013-12-09 21:18
Hi Bonsior dear Paul
Wow very very impressive image at all.
The best mixof the front with rear in so vivid and tasetful color touch. Framework is also best selected.
Thanks a lot and have a good day! Takero from Tokyo
KristinsCamera (2373) 2013-12-09 21:43
hello paul ~
a masterful composition! the colors & contrasts, the play of light, and the depth of field are all beautifully strong. i love the sunlight on the little village, coming across the verdant green mountain slopes, and then again on the snowy peaks visible in the breaks in the clouds. i would love to hike here, in fact, i'm pondering how exactly to pull that off! many thanks for posting this one, it's amazing.
SnapRJW (31137) 2013-12-10 6:06
This is a cracking shot Paul. Superb light, colours and detail combined with your all encompassing composition show off the delights of the location to perfection. Top shot. Warm regards Rosemary
chrislo (4155) 2013-12-10 11:37
Uit al je de foto’s die je van Georgië genomen hebt, deze vind ik de mooiste. Dit is een prachtige zicht van dit schilderachtige dorpje in een imposant berglandschap, heel mooi in beeld gebracht. Je hebt een heerlijk standpunt gebruikt en de foto heel goed verdeeld. Het dorp op de voorgrond geeft een mooie diepte aan de plaat. De compositie wordt versterkt door de indrukwekkende diagonale lijn van de groene berg dwars over de foto. Het mooi spel van licht en schaduw geeft een extra natuurlijke uitstraling aan de foto. De bergen in de achtergrond met de dreigende wolken erboven maken dit prachtige landschap helemaal af. Bravo en proficiat !
jcpix (13658) 2013-12-10 15:33
My, you've put together quite a majestic composition here, the visual to the scale and scope of this small village set against the mountains is incredible. I absolutely love the three distinct layers here, and the saturated colors are just in pleasing harmony with the entire scene. And if that's not enough to enjoy, the light peeking through and onto the lush green hillside adds a touch of ambiance to the setting. Superbly balanced in light and form, detailed and natural. Love it!
npecanhuk (65500) 2013-12-10 15:37
What a unique place!
What a wonderful picture!
Sharpness, exposure, color, chosen pov and, above all, composition are all excellent!
Every single detail here pleases me: the high snowcapped mountains in the bg, the low clouds, the green half mountain on the left and the details of the small village!
TFS - congrats,
danos (86715) 2013-12-12 11:01
Wow what a fascinating scenery! The warm fallin light on the houses as on the whole scene make it so beautiful and inviting to visit it someone.I like the green Mt on the left,the snowy on the backdrop with the clouds to cover it,completing perfect the image.Well done.
josepmarin (57791) 2013-12-13 12:23
an amazing architecture in this village amidst the high mountains.
Your good framing gives us the true aesthetical value of this landscape, I like the green slopes and the majestic mountain between the clouds, in this beautiful image under a nice light.
The quality of colours gives a high level into the composition.
It's a superb work.
emka (78918) 2013-12-13 23:42
Hi Paul, How interesting photo and note! marvelous mountains partly hidden in clouds and very strange architecture of this village. You had amazing trip in Georgia.
Warm regrads MAlgo
Cricri (106327) 2013-12-14 11:09
Il y a un contraste intéressant de l'architecture dans ce petit village, comme le contraste du paysage de la montagne verte avec celle sous la neige, la lumière jouant avec les nuages donne un bel effet d'ombre , très belle présentation
macjake (56582) 2013-12-14 15:17
well...what can I say about this one?
its beautiful...thats what I want to say.
the large steep mountain side on the left is so powerful and makes the scene - in my opinion anyways.
excellent soft light on the town below and the snow capped mountains top it all off perfectly.
Graal (97485) 2013-12-15 2:48
great landscape. Amazing village between the mountains. Also I like the clouds and game of shadows with light. Well done photo.
Have a nice day.
siudzi (33581) 2013-12-15 22:59
This village looks so unique and interesting surrounded by such a fantastic mountain! Incredible combination of different tones made a superb sight for this lovely small buildings. Very well seen and executed with great sharpness, DOF and exposure. TFS!
Have a nice week!
kwekwekan (1076) 2013-12-16 16:23
What incredible lighting! The silvers of bright sunshine highlight the scene in all the right places: the towers in the village, the steep green slope and the foreboding mountain range in the distance. Beautiful composition with a nice tight crop in the foreground.
eldancer1 (27891) 2013-12-17 7:19
Beautiful capture of this village and especially the mountains behind it. And I guess progress cannot be stopped as indicated by a satellite dish in one of the houses. When I visited my old country in 2007 I saw cell phone towers in virgin forest! Good pov and dof with sharp details. Well done, tfs.
robmal (1944) 2013-12-17 12:01
Fantastic landscape shot with perfect quality, amazing place. Colors, lights nd shadows are excellent, snowy mountain on BG and clouds suited the mood of the photograph, I like it.
adores (37069) 2013-12-19 16:15
This looks like a very interesting and authentic region! The view is amazing and the colourful houses add a lot! The light is just perfect!
rigoletto (34255) 2013-12-20 23:10
hi paul. i can definitely use your gallery as a reference guide for my next travels to georgia. you must have stayed there quite long to see so many places and make so many photos. the place in this photo is incredible: amazing nature and history together. the light was beautiful and the hills covered in grass are just fantastic.
Angshu (55669) 2013-12-22 21:28
Dag dear Paul
This is a superb landscape...almost the types fairy tales are made of.The small village in the FG is lovely...what makes this shot even more enchanting is the play of light on the slopes & the view of Mt.Shkhara (surprisingly the word 'Shkhara' is quite similar to 'Sikhara', the Indian or Sanskrit word which means peak!)
PS : In case if we do not interact within this week, I wish you and all your loved ones a very merry Christmas
mcmtanyel (13463) 2014-01-14 22:02
I love the light in this photo. The colorful buildings in emerald green pastures look lovely. The cloud-covered, snow peaked mountain in the b/g is awe-inspiring.
wolf38 (31280) 2014-03-02 2:15
Hi Paul. Really a very interesting photo with strong colors and wonderful light. The houses, watchtowers, the green mountains on the left and the snow capped mountains in the background complement each other perfectly.
Best rgds, Wolfgang.
jmdias (55415) 2014-03-29 1:37
an amazing village, surrounded by these high slopes and peaks covered with snow. the structure of those towers is another fabulous detail. TFS this landscape not usually seen.