Experiences of the crazy traveller. Evening in Mestia.
I haven't heard about Svaneti before but when I saw Paul's photos and notes, I knew I had to go there. It seemed the most difficult part of our journey. Everywhere they told us that the road is bad and sometimes impassable, specially in winter or early spring time. When we were in David Gareja, we met a monk. He recommended us his cousin's Zula guesthouse and gave us his telephone number. We went from Tbilisi by night train (another Paul's suggestion). In high season it is hard to buy ticket, but we had no problem. It was good idea. In this way we saved a day and money for the hostel (the ticket in sleeper, with cushion and materace for a whole night trip costs less than ten USD. We came to Zugdidi early in the morning. We had to wait more than two hours till it "fills up". The views were breathtaking, specially we had marvelous sunny weather. When we came to Mestia, Zula was waiting with jeep and we could go to Ushguli. We managed it! when one has good contacts with locals it is easy :).
In the photo there are Svaneti defensive towers and high Caucasus peaks lit by the last sun rays. I am not sure what are the peaks, maybe Tetnuldi, elevation 4,858 m (15,938 ft). Other one could be Gistola elevation 4,860 m (15,940 ft) above sea level.
I hope you like this high mountain landscape.
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timecapturer (49288) 2014-04-28 3:31
my neighbour today. A wondrous sight this and you have captured the moment and atmosphere beautifully. Magnificent!
Enjoy a good week - B.
williewhistler (15231) 2014-04-28 3:48
your long and tortuous journey was made worthwhile by this spectacular view.
The sun setting on the distant mountains give the image an extra depth and dimension.
Best wishes Les.
holmertz (43663) 2014-04-28 4:00
Impressive towers and a fantastic view of the sun setting on the snow-covered mountains. The light was still good enough to see all details clearly, but it probably didn't last long.
carlo62 (37171) 2014-04-28 4:10
due splendide torri e due cime illuminate per una bellissima foto.
Una immagine molto suggestiva, tutta da gustarsi dal vivo e da ricordare tramite questo scatto.
Sergiom (65153) 2014-04-28 4:47
J'aime beaucoup cette pointe de lumière au sommet des deux pics.J'aime aussi comment les détails ressortent même dans les parties ombragées.
jhm (142786) 2014-04-28 5:24
The two mountain tops give an extra touch to these nice picture
Again a nice panoramic view about these old city.
This everything with a quiet foreground
Lovely composition, nice depth and perspective.
Very well seen, TFS.
Have a nice day,
Romano46 (18472) 2014-04-28 5:58
una luce molto difficile da gestire in questa fotografia per la eccessiva differenza tra luce ed ombra, ma il soggetto è talmente straordinario che alla fine si rimane catturati dalla composizione che si fa apprezzare soprattutto per la straordinaria magia che emana dalle montagne che fanno la loro apparizione nello sfondo.
Bravissima. Un altra bella proposta dal tuo straordinario ultimo viaggio.
Ciao e buona settimana
photoray (13182) 2014-04-28 7:24
Glad you Guys made the adventure to Mestia, to share this rare view of ancient gothic towers with a dynamic mountain background.
Thanks for sharing,
kasianowak (7409) 2014-04-28 11:17
Przepiekne sa te osniezone gory skompane w promieniach zachodzacego slonca. Kolory nieba i szczytow bardzo fajnie kontrastuja z pierwszym planem.
Nigdy nie bylam w Svaneti (bylam tylko 4 dni w Gruzji), a tu widze, ze warto pojechac. Za pare dni znowu lece w okolice Kaukazu, ale tylko do Azerbejdzanu.
Noel_Byrne (26549) 2014-04-28 11:36
What a beautiful sight, as the sun sets and only the tips of the mountains remain under light, I feel the cold approach, but take comfort in the buildings in the foreground where I would retreat and expect to find a large open fire, and a warm welcome. This scene sets a mood really well, and its a really pleasant mood.
Thanks as always
Corry (4508) 2014-04-28 13:25
Superbe coucher de soleil sur le sommet de ces montagnes avec les tours en avant-plan. Magnifique.
rychem (26758) 2014-04-28 21:49
Te szczyty są niesamowite, a chwilę później już były ciemne, super widok
jjcordier (78360) 2014-04-28 22:40
Ces deux sommets bien éclairés attirent irrésistiblement le regard et semblent "répondre" aux deux tours toujours dans l'ombre.
gervaso (11032) 2014-04-29 4:35
The colors are beautiful! The light on top of the mountains in the background makes them really stand out in the composition, giving much more beauty to it! Great job!
RhodieIke (11742) 2014-04-29 23:09
This awesome,my favourite sunset peek is the the tiny one to the right peeking through the mountains.
Sound like quite an adventure.
mcmtanyel (15547) 2014-06-11 19:14
Those distant peaks catching the sunlight make this an extraordinary scene. I like the inclusion of the chimneys (or towers?) in the f/g.
PS. Yes, Qumran and Masada were not far from Ein Gedi.