Accessible only by boat or on foot, Girolata is an unspoilt village on the Mediterrenean, except when the excursion boats returning from the Scandola reserve make a stop. Taken in early may afternoon, after a stormy day. PP added contrast and darkened sky. I was going to brighten it up more, but that makes the waves too bright, so here it be. About Girolata:
Connected by a mere mule track to the rest of the island (90min on foot from the nearest road), the tiny fishing haven of GIROLATA, immediately west of Scandola, has a dreamlike quality that's highlighted by the vivid red of the surrounding rocks. A short stretch of stony beach and a few houses are dominated by a stately watchtower, built by the Genoese later in the seventeenth century in the form of a small castle on a bluff overlooking the cove. For most of the year, this is one of the most idyllic spots on the island, with only the odd yacht and party of hikers to threaten the settlement's tranquillity. From June through September, though, daily boat trips from Porto and Calvi ensure the village is packed during the middle of the day, so if you want to make the most of the scenery and peace and quiet, walk here and stay a night in one of the gîtes.
The head of the Girolata trail is at Bocca â Crocce (Col de la Croix), on the Calvi–Porto road, from where a clear path plunges downhill through dense maquis and forest to a flotsam-covered cove known as Cala di Tuara (30min). The more rewarding of the two tracks that wind onwards to Girolata is the more gentle one running left around the headland, but if you feel like stretching your legs, follow the second, more direct route uphill to a pass.
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sleon (9402) 2005-06-10 9:08
What a beautiful view! The colours, textures and composition are all beautiful. The tall plants and the castle add interest. The whole picture is like a canvas where every area is pleasing to look at. Most pictures have some areas which are less pleasing than others but I can't fault this one at all!
donluicu (24724) 2005-06-10 9:37
your picture has been taken in '96, i can assure that the place is the same...nothing has changed.
jjbach (9324) 2005-06-10 9:37
Wonderful point of view and angle you chose here! The colours are great and very natural. Perfect lighting and superb clarity! Very well composed with the castle on the left and the mountain in the background. Very well done!
danyy (0) 2005-06-10 10:12
une photo dans laquelle, clarté, netteté et jolies couleurs sont une fois de plus au rendez-vous. Le cadrage offre en harmonie et bonnes proportions, mer, terre et air.
lukie (0) 2005-06-10 10:53
Could have been a touristic postcard, Tan. Very nice colors, sharpness and point of view, I like it.
AmiBe (6042) 2005-06-10 11:03
when I was in Corsica in 2003, I couldn't go to Girolata because there was no boat. Thank's to show me this place now !
A fantastic place, beautiful colors.
I like the Genovese tower on the top, well done.
srabbe (1424) 2005-06-10 13:13
An excellent view of this beautiful place, where I have already been !
The colors are perfect, I like the plant in the foreground. Excellent framing.
jpages (1670) 2005-06-10 14:10
Beautiful seascape. Green and blue with a perfect light, very good combination. The big cactus with its large flower in the foreground and the high mountains with the cloudy sky in the background, helping to fill the view, and also including the watchtower, is very well obtained, creating a very beautiful and clear composition.
Well done again Tan! Best regards from Barcelona.
Tue (43464) 2005-06-10 17:12
Very good picture of this great landscape! The composition is very good and I especially like the mountain in the background, very well done! :-D
Gdouble (0) 2005-06-11 3:10
Très jolie composition avec de couleurs resplendissentes.
oellepi (165) 2005-06-11 3:41
Very nice foto.I love the colour of the rock and the mountain in background.The castle and green offer at this foto something of magic.
Very good composition!!!
PixelTerror (0) 2005-06-11 9:57
I like to follow your globetrotter activities, Captain !
My favorite Med' island today, and again a beautiful PoV and a very nice composition, I like the light differences between the foreground and background, the colors are excellent. Also I like the way you have included the building and plants here. Again a superb one, carry on Captain !
Have a nice week end,
coco (30439) 2005-06-11 10:23
Well, I think that this place deserves that 90 minutes on foot. Is great job.
anakin (2775) 2005-06-11 22:12
Bonita toma e interesante perspectiva, una bella y natural composicion.
nerve (10231) 2005-06-12 7:42
Great shot Captain, i always like your compositions.. you have always a good POV..for me this fortress/castle and foreground plants are fundemantal for this image..
Leonie (8809) 2005-06-12 8:56
Hey, I am going there in 3 weeks...! and I have been there about 20 times already...to Girolata directly only once by sailing boat, but to Piana every year nearly...isn't it paradise on earth? I absolutely love this vulcanic shaped mountain...I will soon post my versions of it.. ;o)
john_c (24666) 2005-07-01 9:56
Hi Tan. The unspoilt nature of this village is well portrayed in this colourful and well composed scene. I like the contrast between foreground and background and the ruin on the hill is placed so as to well balance the scene. Very pleasing perspective. A fine contribution.
mumek (20202) 2005-07-02 5:09
Another beauty from your gallery. Excellent composition with fantastic colours and details. Lovely view with good sharpness and contrast. Very well done Tan! Thanks for the very informative note
marjan (7) 2006-06-05 14:40
Hi Tan, very nice shot, butifull nature and coloures. Excelent notice about it.
anokutan (15097) 2007-06-16 15:51
Tan bey merhaba,
yine hem güzel bir kompozisyon ve hem de heybetli bir görüntü.tebrikler.