This is another shoot from the Lake of Kournas.
GR: λίμνη Κουρνά είναι η μοναδική λίμνη γλυκού νερού που υπάρχει στην Κρήτη. Η λίμνη Κουρνά στην αρχαιότητα ήταν γνωστή με το όνομα Κορησία, αλλά αργότερα πήρε το σημερινό όνομά της από την αραβική λέξη για τη λίμνη.Βρίσκεται σε μια πολύ όμορφη τοποθεσία, σε ένα κοίλωμα ανάμεσα σε λόφους, περίπου 4χλμ μακριά από τη Γεωργιούπολη στο νομό Χανίων (δυτική Κρήτη).Η λίμνη Κουρνά είναι σχετικά μικρή με μέγιστο μήκος 1087 μέτρα και μέγιστο πλάτος 880 μέτρα. Καλύπτει έκταση 579 στρεμμάτων και είναι γενικά ρηχή με 22,5 μέτρα μέγιστο βάθος, ενώ βρίσκεται 20 μέτρα περίπου ψηλότερα από τη θάλασσα.Η λίμνη Κουρνά είναι ιδανικός προορισμός για έναν απογευματινό περίπατο, ή μια κοντινή εκδρομή μέσα στην ημέρα. Πολλοί την προτιμούν και για ένα απογευματινό πικνίκ. Το τοπίο είναι χαλαρωτικό και όμορφο, είτε θέλετε να περπατήσετε στη φύση, είτε να κάνετε μπάνιο ή ποδήλατο στη λίμνη.Στην λίμνη Κουρνά υπάρχουν δυο πηγές στη Νοτιο-Ανατολική όχθη, από τις οποίες η μια είναι ορατή στο τέλος του καλοκαιριού, το Μάτι ή Αμάτι, όπως την αποκαλούν οι ντόπιοι. Η λίμνη τροφοδοτείται από τα νερά που κατεβάζουν τα γειτονικά βουνά και οι λόφοι, που τα πετρώματα της περιοχής διακόπτουν την υπόγεια ροή τους και δεν τους επιτρέπουν να συνεχίσουν την πορεία τους μέχρι τη θάλασσα.
ENG:Kournas Lake is the only freshwater lake in Crete. Lake Kournas was known as Lake Koressia in antiquity but later took its current name from the Arabic word for lake.
The lake is in a beautiful landscape, lying in a valley among the hills, about 4 km from Georgioupolis in Chania Prefecture (west Crete).Lake Kournas is relatively small, with a maximum length of 1,087 m and a maximum breadth of 880 m. It covers an area of 579,000 sq. m. and is generally shallow, 22.5 m at its deepest point, while it lies approximately 20 m above sea level.Lake Kournas and its environs are protected under Natura 2000.The lake, an important wetland, is home to ducks and , eels, water snakes and a rare species of bicoloured terrapin with a patterned shell, the Diamondback Terrapin (Malaclemysterrapin).Herons and cormorants also sometimes appear on the lake.
Recently there have been reports of large goldfish appearing in Lake Kournas, as somebody dumped them there without considering the results of introducing a new species to a closed ecosystem.Lake Kournas is easily reached from Georgioupoli - you can take the country road from the village without going on the national road. Ask for Mathé’s taverna, pass it and continue to the lake. Be careful as you approach the lake, as you may see signs about 400 m before it, pointing either straight ahead or right. These are sometimes even set side by side. Don’t worry, you can approach the lake from either direction.Walk around the lake, whose colours change according to the time of day. The sun plays creative games with the hills and trees around the lake, lighting first one and then the other side and giving the water an aquamarine tint.
The lake also changes size, as the locals say, as the level drops in late summer, revealing a thick layer of white sand which forms temporary beaches. In these months you can walk along the bank all the way round the lake. The full circuit takes no more than an hour.
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williewhistler (14697) 2013-07-12 7:00
the clouds that are sweeping across the distant mountains beyond the lake give atmosphere and drama to a thoughtfully composed photograph.
Noel_Byrne (25314) 2013-07-12 7:20
That is an amazing scene, the lake itself is beautiful with its rippled surface, but for the clouds across the mountains are a real star in the show. They have created such a strange light, and made a great display across the nicely colored earth. Really nicely done, cheers
saxo042 (37588) 2013-07-12 7:45
From the little thumbprint I had the impression that this was an autumnal picture, but the large view shows something different. This is indeed a very attractive landscape with very pleasant colours. A fine capture of the waves.
danos (87937) 2013-07-12 9:23
πολύ όμορφη η παρουσίαση όπως και οι λεπτομέρειες που περιέχει το σημείωμά σου για την λίμνη του Κουρνά,που για να είμαι ειλικρινής πρώτη φορά ακούω και φυσικά βλέπω.Μου αρέσουν τα χρώματα και ο φωτισμός του κομματιού αυτού της λίμνης με συννεφιά από πάνω της να δίνει μια διααφορετική αισθητική.
Miguel82 (24725) 2013-07-12 11:04
Beautiful lake on Crete island
Nice patchwork of colors I like
Have a nice evening
bukitgolfb301 (36516) 2013-07-12 16:47
Greatly typical image for your great country. Very rough land and fantastic sea, I envy you and your country so much. Nice widefocus appraoch.
Thanks a lot and have a good weekend! Takero
marabu61 (8755) 2013-07-13 3:53
I wasn't aware there was a freshwater lake on Crete at all.
Despite the overcast sky there is a very pleasant light illuminating the scene and the low clouds add some good drama on the composition.
have a good weekend
SnapRJW (31613) 2013-07-13 4:15
At first glance I thought this was Scotland Chris. Its palette of colours and beautiful misty skyline certainly bears a strong resemblance. Wonderful light warms the landscape and the whole atmosphere is relaxing. Have a lovely weekend Rosemary
rbassin (18798) 2013-07-13 8:19
une lumière et des couleurs extraordinaires.
Bravo pout cette photo.
Fis2 (86837) 2013-07-13 10:01
Photo has climate.
mohammad_H (9532) 2013-07-13 17:01
View unique and excellent quality, beautiful color graphics work in the background, and good resolution
all the best
fabbs99 (16747) 2013-07-13 22:48
The clouds high up on the hills and swirling blue waters gives us a magical frame to look at.Very nice perspective and good framing, nice colors and depth, excellent overall quality, as usual.Keep posting.
Have a great sunday,
dkmurphys (50224) 2013-07-13 23:55
Very attractive capture in fine natural colors. I like the composition and the textures.
Enjoy a nice Sunday.
adramad (38918) 2013-07-14 8:58
Splendid image of this blue water lake a hange and beautiful landscape that combines the golden hues of summer dried herbs, with green splashes it all with trees and shrubs, good outlook with mountain and those low clouds.
Very well managed a perfect brightness and sharpness to dwell on the details.
Schnappilic (9690) 2013-07-14 9:32
I like your landscape perfectly composed. The colors are superb. Good light among the clouds.
kato (11630) 2013-07-14 10:52
You're capturing well this landscape by a good angle and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see calm/clean lake and the peninsula of Crete island in background. It's good color contrast between the blue lake and mountain with greenery and brown soil. And, the thick clouds which cover sky draws out a good atmosphere in this image.
eldancer1 (29055) 2013-07-14 12:26
Beautiful landscape! Love the low hanging clouds covering the mountain, I like its effect on the mood. Good lighting and dof with sharp details. Well done, tfs.
jcpix (13708) 2013-07-14 18:27
The cobalt blue highlights on the surface of the water have caught my attention here, they're relatively subtle but have made a big impact on the overall visual for me...and it works quite well in conjunction with the "earthy" tones of the landscape. For a scene without any major attraction or focal point, this has been presented in a very pleasing and welcoming manner. This looks to be a relaxing and peaceful location...hard to argue that! :) Have a great week ahead.
All the best,
mcmtanyel (14247) 2013-07-14 19:27
Very pretty place. Thanks to your photo, I looked up Lake Kournas and saw other photos from the region. The color and light management of this photo are exquisite, as is the DOF.
ikeharel (58941) 2013-07-15 7:24
This is the biggest water reservoir in the island of Krete, Chris.
Though never been there, the place is astonishing only 20m above sea-level as you write.
Nice divided the pic. to contrast beautifully the lake and mountains, under fine clarity.
Royaldevon (30793) 2013-07-15 13:21
I just love the contrasting conditions that you have captured in your shot. In the f/g, we have the sapphire blue water, rippling and reflecting in the sunlight, yet, in the b/g we have mist covering the heads of the hills.
I am pleased that you have included the buildings in your shot as it gives a firm sense of scale.
My warm regards,
annjackman (20137) 2013-07-16 1:02
The detail in this picture is excellent throughout. A lovely balance of rippling water and scrubby landscape. The low cloud obscuring the tops of the hills is lovely.
A gentle and pleasing image.
Kind Regards, Ann
lousat (78503) 2013-07-16 2:17
Hi Chris,i lost the visit to this beautiful lake in my cretan holidays,a very nice place as i can see,too peaceful of the sea cost and taken whit beautiful details and bright colors,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
jhm (140689) 2013-07-16 4:35
Thank you very much for your interesting notes, this is always a nice addition to the members of TE.
Lovely panoramic view about these area.
Water, clouds and mountains care for a lovely image.
A lot details make these picture pleasant to look at.
Wonderful picture with pleasant colours, pleasant presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
rychem (24654) 2013-07-17 10:18
Fantastic view of a beautiful landscape, beautiful lake and very nice fog/cloud on the top of the mountain, well done
abmdsudi (44328) 2013-07-17 10:21
An eye-catching shot of the inviting lake sitting calmly there, caught in tremensous light with good saturated colours. The compo works well with some interesting mountain background, the wonderful clouds and the textured water further add interest. Above all I love the exposure that you have managed to record, Congrats
pierrefonds (58003) 2013-07-17 10:30
The wideness of the lake is giving depth to the composition. The point of view is showing the details and colours of the scenery. Have a nice day.
jurek1951 (42160) 2013-07-17 11:13
This is a beautiful place.
The composition and exposure are perfect,
very nice colours.
mkamionka (30921) 2013-07-18 8:06
very attracive light and colors. I like the fog/clouds which are touching subtly the hills hanging so low. The water has also a vivid colorful reflection.
Very atmospheric capture,
tedesse (25133) 2013-07-18 11:37
Wonderful landscape of Kournas.
Good POV and composition, beautiful colors and excellent sharpness.
Have a nice afternoon
Didi (57494) 2013-07-18 22:36
The horizon line of the bank is not tilted
Nice deep foreground an d good lights ambiance
cornejo (32780) 2013-07-25 10:34
Hi Chris, lovely view of this beautiful lake with mountains in the background, perfectly captured in this excellent and beautiful photography. A lovely image of a nice place, with good sharpness, depth, beautiful light and color. Excellent and interesting job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good afternoon and happy rest of week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
- Copyright: Chris Vekris (chrisvek) (7001)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-08-26
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Nikon D3000, 18 - 55 mm EF-S 3.5:5.6, 2.0 Gb Kingston SD
- Exposure: f/7.1, 1/200 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-07-12 5:43