Mount Aragats in Armenia taken through the arch of the Ani ruins in what is now Turkey. Ani was the old Armenian capital but was abandoned after the dual onslaughts of Genghis Khan and the bubonic plague (black death) which followed shortly after in the mid 14th century. I was surprised to still see snow in late June. From Wikipedia: "Mount Aragats (Armenian: Արագած, also: Ալագյազ - Alagyaz) is a large andesitic-to-dacitic stratovolcano in northwest Armenia about 40 km northwest of the capital city of Yerevan. It is the highest point in Armenia, located in the province of Aragatsotn, northwest from Yerevan. On its slopes are the Byurakan Observatory and the medieval Amberd Fortress. The observatory is a historically significant facility responsible for a number of important photographic surveys.
The 4,090 m (13,419 ft) high main edifice of Aragats is dissected by glaciers and is of Pliocene-to-Pleistocene age. However, parasitic cones and fissures are on all sides of the volcano and were the source of large lava flows that descended its lower flanks."
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Royaldevon (33385) 2014-02-13 7:32
By using the ruined arch as a frame, you have turned what could have been an ordinary landscape shot, into something very special. The sharp textural details in the f/ are engaging before moving through the arch to locate the volcano.
My warm regards,
danos (90305) 2014-02-13 7:38
nice the view of this arch in ruins with its placement in the frame to be well chosen.
The excellent light and the colour management are perfect as the contrast of them.
Silvio1953 (130310) 2014-02-13 13:06
Ciao Chris, great view of fascinating ruines, fine details, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful natural colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
lousat (82500) 2014-02-13 14:30
Hi Chris,beautiful capture of what rest of this temple about a lot of year and earthquakes,beautiful 3D effect and excellent detail and colors,an interesting post from a place not most visited and not often seen on TE.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano
pierrefonds (60338) 2014-02-13 14:56
The distance between the ruins and the hills in the bacground is giving depth to the composition. The point of view is showing the details and the colours of the ruins. The good luminosity is enhancing the colours. Have a nice day.
emka (86391) 2014-02-13 17:52
You rarely appear lately on TE. Nit much is laft from this Armenian capital. Nice view of this old arch. Nice landscape.
I go to Armenia in April, maybe I will see the Aragats from Armenian side.
WArm regrads Malgo
Sonata11 (33697) 2014-02-13 21:06
great capture and fantastic execution, excellent sharpness, fine details, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done. Best regards, Barbara
jjcordier (78988) 2014-02-13 23:19
Jolie mise en image de cette arche en ruine. belle lumière et bon cadrage.
saxo042 (37666) 2014-02-14 1:18
An interesting arch that remains here in this beautiful landscape. The scene that we can see through the arch becomes nicely framed. Also an interesting note.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-02-14 3:29
a unique setting for this old arch, it would appear to be totally isolated and in the middle of nowhere. Ah! but therein lies the appeal of this wonderfully detailed image. Fascinating and intriguing!
Enjoy your weekend - B.
jhm (144204) 2014-02-14 4:20
This is the first time that I see, these ruin with the arch out of the old time.
A pity religious wars, and other conflicts make the world broken.
Hair sharp and clear picture to look at, with all fine details.
A nice composition, good presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
snunney (89894) 2014-02-14 5:22
The ancient stone arch makes a fine frame for the nicely lit surrounding landscape, which is otherwise rather nondescript. I like the natural colours and the superb rendering of the textural detail in the stones.
eldancer1 (32015) 2014-02-20 5:33
It maybe a pile of stones now but if those stones can talk I'm sure there are plenty of stories to tell and so much history in those ruins. Nicely captured with sharp details. I like your pov and using the ruin as a frame within a frame. Well done, tfs.
ikeharel (62879) 2014-03-20 8:13
Good evening Chris,
An old and lone arch, remained evidence to what looks as an ancient town gate.
Assuming the valley behind was the main town ground in old days.
Exquisite sharp details, every stone shown in superb clarity.
Miguel82 (26541) 2014-04-09 19:35
Many tensions still exist between Armenia and Turkey because the history, neat image of an arch Chris, attractive tons, see you
- Copyright: Chris Jules (ChrisJ) (104179)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-06-26
- Categories: Ruins
- Camera: Nikon D 90, Polarizing Filter
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/100 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-02-13 5:00