FULL MOON OVER THE MESOLOGGICapital of the prefecture of Etoloakarnania, with 18.000 residents according to the last inventory, Mesologi is an unexpectedly enchanting city. Built in the entry of Patraikos gulf, between the outfalls of rivers Evinos and Acheloos, next to the lagoon that constitutes an important water biotope, with rare flora and fauna, centre of fish and salt production, it is not only a city with a heavy historical heritage, but also a modern city with intense spirituality and freshness that is brought by the young students of the city?s technological institution (TEI).
There are a lot of versions regarding the name of Mesologi. The poet Palamas names it Misologi. S. Trikoupis - historian, man of letters, rhetorician and politician (also the first Prime Minister of Greece in the government of Kapodistrias) - supports that the name derives from "mesou-loggos" (middle of shrubbery), whilst the prevailing version is that of the lawyer Telemachos Kwstakis, who supports that it derives from the Italian "mezzo-laghi" that means ?between lakes?. And indeed Mesologi was built on three islands that communicated with small crafts and canoes and for that reason it was called small Venice in 1650.
The first contact of the visitor with the Holy City of Mesologi (as it was nominated on the 22d of April 1937 with the decision of Georgios B?, that instituted the last Sunday before Easter as the day of national celebration for the anniversary of the Exodus), is the Eastern Gate that is also the entry of the city - whose walls were built during the reign of Otto - and meets the Garden of Heroes.
Walking in the alleys of the city you discover small treasures, such as old picturesque coffee shops, that fortunately evolution left intact. Monuments that remind us of another time, where coffee and ouzo together with some titbit - tomatos, olives, cheese, and perhaps even some wild artichoke - made the discussions over the "solutions" for the big problems of Greece grow.
Centre of the city is the square of Markos Botsaris with the old town hall which now is the Museum of History and Art. This museum hosts portraits of chieftains and philhellenes, old coins, medals and arms, authentic gravures of 1837, works of Friedel, busts of the five Prime Ministers (Spiridon Trikoupis, Zinovios-Zafeirios Valvis, Dimitrios Valvis, Epameinondas Deligiorgis and Harilaos Trikoupis), authentic paintings and copies of famous painters, both Greeks and foreigners, whose main subject is Mesologi. Besides artists who created masterpieces influenced from the sacrifice of Mesologi were not a few, in Greece but also in the rest of the world.
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timecapturer (49288) 2010-12-15 6:20
beautifully controlled shot with an excellent POV, very moody and atmospheric. Excellent!
annjackman (21053) 2010-12-15 6:24
I love this for the simplicity and the gradual change in blue tones. The little streaks of reflected coloured lights on the water are very nice. Great to have the moonlight reflecting near the boat and lighting up one side.
Juntas (7960) 2010-12-15 7:15
Hi Nick. A wonderful 'moon hour' scenery. The moon always makes very special moods and you caught this one very nicely.Great composition with the blue boat that looks very nice and great definition also. Well done.
Have a nice day.
SnapRJW (31627) 2010-12-15 7:44
Hello Nick - I like this simple shot very much, the moonlight has lit the water and sky with a soft diffused light which I find attractive. The horizon is minimal just a few trees and one ot two coloured lights and to complete the composition a simple blue boat and wooden jetty. Very well conceived and captured. Best regards Rosemary
angie-barcelona (2784) 2010-12-15 8:26
hacía muchos días que no entraba en la página.
Como siempre increíble fotografía, una atmçosfera muy peculiar!!!
tusharkmandal (3173) 2010-12-15 9:42
Nice smooth atmosphere. The minimal colors and elements but a nice composition. Love that torch in the sky.
A nice work
elenimahera (695) 2010-12-15 13:00
τεχνικα αρτια φωτογραφια!!!εξαιρετικο καδραρισμα!!!
Καλο σου βραδυ
rbassin (20298) 2010-12-15 13:03
Très belle image, le reflet de la lune à côté de la barque: superbe.
J'aime bien le paysage,et les proportions du cadrage.
Budapestman (82620) 2010-12-15 13:56
a beautiful impression once more with picturesque lights and atmosphere, Tfs! Have a nice evening! Kellemes estét kívánok!
vasilpro (41163) 2010-12-15 15:28
Γεια σου Νίκο,
Εξαιρετική και αυτή η εικόνα με καταπληκτικές χρωματικές αποχρώσεις υπέροχο φωτισμό!
Καλό βράδυ, Βασίλης.
bema (26403) 2010-12-15 23:28
really an absolutely romantic and moody capture!
perfect sharpness, great depth, a wonderful outlook, too..
have a nice day, see you around, Bernd
BennyV (14693) 2010-12-16 11:04
Lovely blue mystical atmosphere to this shot, Nick. That glistening on the water is superb.
- Copyright: NICK IFANTIS (ifanik) (21679)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-00-00
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Pentax K7, Tamron developing 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5
- Exposure: f/5.6, 30 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2010-12-15 5:51