At the ‘Hungarian sea’, The Balaton
The Balaton and its surroundings are Hungary's most popular holiday area. Rest and recreation on the shore, historic and cultural heritage, folk traditions, bicycle and water tours, rare natural treasures, gastronomic specialities and spectacular programmes - all of these things are offered by and around the 'Hungarian sea'.
The Balaton region had already become one of the society centres by the 18th and 19th centuries. On the average the lake's water surface of the 590 square metres receives 2,000 hours of sunshine and the shallower waters quickly follow the air temperatures. Each summer the water temperatures of the lake reach as high as between 25 and 27 degrees Centigrade which is one of the reasons that it has become one of the favourite bathing lakes in Central Europe.
The southern shores of the lake are shallow, while the northern shores deepen quickly. The average depth of the water is between 3 and 4 metres, and the so-called well of Tihany is 11.5 metres deep, which is at the strait between the Siófok and Szemes Basins. The 'Balaton Riviera' stretches from Ábrahámhegy to Balatonfűzfő. The name stems from the fact that the area has natural conditions similar to the French and Italian Riviera.
The entire shore of Balaton is suitable for vineyards and thus it has developed into one of Hungary's significant wine-producing areas. On the north shore there are the Csopak-Füred and Tihany areas where the most famous wines of Badacsony are grown, the grey friar, 'szürkebarát'. The centre of the southern shore wine region is Boglár and Kőröshegy, where white and burgundy type grapes grow equally well, producing the basis of both white and red wines.
Each year water sports, the various sailing and swimming races across the lake, the famous balls and scores of events draw thousands of visitors to the lake's shore.
However, local hosts not only organise programmes for visitors in the summer; a variety of events take place all year round, such as excursions, gastronomic events and cellar tours on the Balaton Uplands, in Zala and Somogy. During the winter the lake is often covered by ice for a long time and this also makes it popular with those who favour winter sports.
A history of centuries has transformed the north shore into a virtual outdoor museum. The unparalleled natural endowments are enriched by historical heritage. The ruins of medieval churches and castles carry the messages of the past, including the remains of the castle of Szigliget, the stone pillars of Csobánc, the castle of Hegyesd perched on a steep peak, as well as the remaining walls of the castles of Rezi, Tátika and Zádor. The vernacular residences with their pillars and arched porches are gems of architecture as it was popular among the minor nobility of those days. (Source: Vendégváró)
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lakshmip1949 (19081) 2011-07-01 2:31
This one is hust awesome with so much green. The color of the boat blends nicely with the grass. The atmosphere is peaceful with that blue sky and water. Nice inclusion of the people sitting on the grass. Excellent sharpness.
cornejo (32116) 2011-07-01 4:03
György greetings. A picture very good of this landscape very beautiful, very well compound and executed, technically very well. A good shot and very nice work, congratulation. Have a good afternoon and a happy weekend, thanks for sharing.
Best regards, Angel.
snunney (84770) 2011-07-01 4:28
A cleverly composed and well balanced image. The green boat is nicely placed with its green tones complementing the green surroundings. Lovely natural colours and superb sharpness.
timecapturer (49278) 2011-07-01 5:30
love this shot! Such a wonderful mix of greens and blues and with stunning clarity. It is a beautiful setting and your composition does it full justice. Superb!
Have a great weekend - Brian
Sergiom (61036) 2011-07-01 5:50
La barque au premier plan est parfaitement placée dans l'image. Elle dégage l'environnement maritime et donne une très belle profondeur à l'image.
macjake (57074) 2011-07-01 7:20
well, this is certainly a different subject for you!
and you even have people in it this time! :)
love the green, lots and lots of green. but it all flows very well from a visual standpoint.
peaceful and serene, lots of calm in the atmosphere.
jlbrthnn (76037) 2011-07-01 7:38
This boat in foreground, has a beautiful color in accordance with the greenery. The light is excellent. It is the very beautiful view of a magnificent place that invites in the pleasure and in the rest. Very good general quality of the photo. Bravo.
Have a nice day
bema (26341) 2011-07-01 9:53
a ot of green and blue in this ruly charming capture.. but those two colors a re in a perfect harmony here..
thanks for sharing, see you around, warmest regards Bernd
Kielia (23691) 2011-07-01 10:01
this is really a pleasant symphony of green and blue colors that are so nicely contrasting. The composition is excellent and you captured a lovely mood of this famous lake. I also enjoyed reading the interesting note. My compliments!
annjackman (19917) 2011-07-01 10:06
I really like this for the green theme - the boat, the grass, the trees. A very well composed picture that is technically excellent.
Silvio1953 (123431) 2011-07-01 10:10
Ciao George, lovely view of beautiful great lake, beautiful composition with boat and tree in FG, wonderful natural colors and splendid light, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
JFS (32459) 2011-07-01 11:00
Your today's shot is like an impressionist painting, the atmopshere is so pleasant and the colors are so delicious. Great work Goerge!
Have a good WE!
Alfoja (672) 2011-07-01 13:29
Everything is green!
RhodieIke (11742) 2011-07-01 13:30
Super green shades here, George,matching boat fantastic, love it, Have a good weekend, Cheers Iain.
baddori (19956) 2011-07-01 15:49
vecchie barche sono ormai diffuse (come fioriere) questa sembra nuova e in bella posta.
Chiattino per lago o lagune ...bella da remare rivolti in avanti.
Verde su fondo verde .
Un insieme nitidissimo e piacevole .
npecanhuk (66256) 2011-07-01 17:48
What a lovely place!
What a beautiful picture!
Highlights are the colors, exposure, chosen pov and composition!
TFS - congrats,
Have a great week-end,
abmdsudi (43714) 2011-07-01 18:51
You have great eyes, what a coincidence. Love to see how the boat fits so well in the green environment but the splash of bright brown lining and those picnikers
hold the focus on. The composition is excellent with the shot taking through the extensive landscape and the contrasting colours make this a very fine image, with an uplifting feel. Great shot, Congrats
jjcordier (76850) 2011-07-01 23:16
Quelle jolie composition! Ces bords du lac sont charmants et tu as créé une très belle photo.
vasilpro (40933) 2011-07-01 23:34
Wonderful composition, beautiful atmosphere, peaceful place, lovely light and colors, excellent POV, very nice framework, very good clarity, sharpness and contrast.
Have a nice weekend, Vasilis.
dkmurphys (50006) 2011-07-02 0:59
Splendid good mood scene. Wonderful green place, a perfect day out of the office.
Bluejeans (64249) 2011-07-02 2:14
Ola George ,
Lindo este jardim pintado de verde junto a este lugar , um belo lugar para relaxar, gostei muito do primeiro plano com este barco verde, bom contraste de cores, parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
Bom fim de semana
siamesa (27743) 2011-07-02 11:27
Boa tarde George
Gorgeous! Very attractive this green boat in the green grass. Spectacular view. TFS
paura (47166) 2011-07-03 16:43
Fina composição em perfeito equilíbrio de volumes e bons ajustes de exposição. Linda imagem.
jemaflor (85394) 2011-07-05 10:08
Interesting this green on the green grass, well composed and lovely light, good sharpness also.
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-04-25
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Transportation
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/8, 1/180 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2011-07-01 1:54