Kefalonia is an island full of mystery and "peculiar" places. One of them is Mellisani cave, on the eastern part of the island, the first "cabriolet" cave i've seen in my life. Its roof collapsed after an earthquake some 5.000 years ago. You can make a small tour by small boat.
The other strange thing about this cave is the water that's running through it, which is half "sweet" and half "salty". It is connected with another of the mysteries of the island. On the western part of the island, close to the town of Argostoli, there is a place called "Katavothres", where in some point the waters of a small creek, suddenly get "swallowed" by the ground. For many decades people were trying to find out where this water was going. Someone came with the idea to throw tones of paint in it. Two weeks later, the painted water, appeared in the Melissani's cave, on the opposite part of the island about 40 km away.
Some more info from Wikipedia:
"Melissani Cave (Greek: Μελισσάνη) or Melissani Lake, also Melisani is a Greek cave located northwest of Sami, about 5 km SE of Agia Efthymia, NE of Argostoli and NW of Poros. The Ionian Sea lies to the east with the Strait of Ithaca. Forests surrounds the cave and the mountain slope is to the west. Near the cave is the entry to the cave with parking lots and is passed almost in the middle of the main road linking Sami and Agia Efthymia especially to the northern part of the island. (...) In Greek mythology, Melissani was the cave of the nymphs. The cave features a lake that are surrounded with trees and forests. The cave is located east of the mountains of Evmorfia and Agia Dynati. Tourism is common in the cave.
The cave features a sky-blue lake covered with stones at the bottom. the depth is thin. Plants are at the door of the cave. The color of the rocks which are stucco to honey-like brown is at the door of the cave. The lake is also inside the cave.
The cave was rediscovered in 1951 by Giannis Petrocheilos."
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jasmis (57596) 2010-07-01 2:33
Another "paradise" presentation in fresh juicy colours. Superb vertical frame this time.
JFS (32129) 2010-07-01 3:03
Qué fotón! como diría "coco", que por cierto hace tiempo que no aparece en TE.
Me dan una ganas de bañarme en esas aguas...
Budapestman (82620) 2010-07-01 3:10
a beautiful romantic impression with spectacular composition and lovely details, the environment is fantastic, great mood, Tfs! Have a nice day! Kellemes napot kívánok!
zeynepe (9828) 2010-07-01 3:17
With your eyes the famous place looks so attractive Hercules.
Congrats and enjoy your day,
jemaflor (68913) 2010-07-01 3:53
great pov and result with a nice light capture, blue color are so beautiful, well done.
tusharkmandal (3117) 2010-07-01 4:26
Its like heaven I would say. The blue water and the cave opening. The clear water and nice light falling on it. A great view.
Thanks for Sharing
jhm (122444) 2010-07-01 4:35
Caves give oftentimes extraordinarily colors.
The opening care for very nice light and exactly above the boat.
Sharpnness and clarity are wonderful for look at.
I find your picture very nice of colors, good presentation.
Splendid image, good done, TFS.
carlosmarin (11948) 2010-07-01 4:43
magnífico lugar que yo no conocía.
Buen POV para ver la abertura superior de la cueva.
Bello color turquesa de las aguas.
Presencia de las barcas para dar dimensión al conjunto.
sabermonajati (7593) 2010-07-01 5:01
here is astonishing place.light in water is excellent.
Sergiom (39223) 2010-07-01 6:16
Les reflets de la lumière sur l'eau de la caverne sont tout simplement extraordinaires et la chaloupe est parfaitement située dans l'image.
alin-m (3716) 2010-07-01 7:06
This place is indeed wonderful.Last year I visited it and liked it a lot.
Very good photo.Congratulations.
Nicou (97679) 2010-07-01 7:28
merveilleuse image et compo, quel effet ce tour dans la roche, le couleur merveilleuse de l'eau,a vec la barque quelle iamge et compo, sueprbe.
bravo et amitié
vasilpro (40192) 2010-07-01 8:45
Γεια σου Ηρακλή,
Εξαιρετική και αυτή η σύνθεσή σου από το πανέμορφο αυτό σπήλαιο στην Κεφαλλονιά, ωραία χρώματα και φωτισμός, όμορφη προοπτική.
Σε χαιρετώ, Βασίλης.
ciakgiak (30329) 2010-07-01 8:49
bellissima la luce che filtra dentro la caverna, quella parte d'acqua sembra un diamante incastonato nel paesaggio. Splendidi i colori e la qualità dello scatto.
Un caro abbraccio.
npecanhuk (53901) 2010-07-01 8:50
Gorgeous place! Impressive rock formations and wonderful colors in the water! It must be terrific to be in those boats and enjoy all that beauty around!
Sharpness, exposure, pov, colors, pp, contrasts, vertical format and composition are all oustanding in this fabulous image!
TFS - congratulations!
angie-barcelona (2784) 2010-07-01 13:03
es realmente una extraordinaria fotografía de un paisaje increíble!!!
Leconte (5795) 2010-07-01 14:23
a grand sight that deserves another version, the vertical format is more daunting and more attractive, the color of bright green water in the light in the center appears to be reflected on the rock, khaki green trees reflected in the water beside the boat, incredible depth of field and sharpness, the upper part of the image dizzy, breathtaking composition,
pittsenbarger (307) 2010-07-01 16:33
Amazing photo that color of the water is spectacular.
this place reminds me of the limestone structures found in thailand.
thanks for sharing.
sandpiper (6003) 2010-07-02 3:06
A fascinating place. Excellent composition, the wide angle shot is really good. Great work.
dkmurphys (36801) 2010-07-02 6:15
that's an amazing view. A splendid place, absolutely incredible. I like your composition, the people like explorers trying to decipher the mystery. Well done, excellent image.
humayun (2909) 2010-07-02 9:08
very nice image with great and intresting place...........
pov is nice with nice shapness..........
ikeharel (37316) 2010-07-04 6:40
A beautiful amazing blue-cave , taken with good lighting that made lot's of blue shades.
Interesting note as well.
Cricri (86431) 2010-07-04 6:59
Une image qui me fait penser aux grottes de Dwejra à Malte, des couleurs spectaculaire et merveilleuse, très belle composition
mkamionka (24529) 2010-07-06 1:47
very impressive capture. Excellent POV allowed a perfect composition: you could include a large part of the opening and its reflection in the frame and yet you could avoid direct sunlight. You did a fantastic job with exposition, it was very hard to balance this strongly contrasted scene.
The couple in the boat adds a romantic touch.
Wonderful place and photo,
- Copyright: Hercules Milas (Cretense) (68663)
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- Date Taken: 2010-06-09
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- Camera: Canon 1Ds Mark III, Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 L USM, 82 mm circular polarizer
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