Santorini Caldera: The word Caldera is derived from the Spanish word Cauldron which literally means depression created by volcanic eruption which extends for atleast a distance of one mile.
3,500 years back Santorini witnessed an awesome volcanic explosion which occurred in the Aegean Sea and as a result created a huge caldera. The Santorini caldera is approximately four miles in diameter.
The Santorini Caldera undoubtedly is one of the natural wonders on planet earth. The volcanic explosion that occurred here more than 3500 years ago forever changed the topography of the Mediterranean coast.
A growing number of scientists and archaeologists link the Santorini caldera to the myth of Atlantis.The Santorini caldera is actually a basin, whichscientists and archaeologists link the Santorini caldera to the myth of Atlantis.The Santorini caldera is actually a basin, which extends for miles together and the landscape is conspicuous by steep rocky cliffs that towers above, almost touching the sky at more than a thousand feet from the sea level and even extends underneath the sea for an additional thousand feet, thereby creating a perfect harbor.
To the northernmost part of the Caldera is the picture perfect town of Oia. This town is much preferred by the tourists and is always buzzing with activity with plenty of bars, restaurants and hotels that are ideally positioned on rocky promontories that provides the discerning international tourist with fabulous panoramic views of the Santorini Caldera. Oia can be reached by a road that meanders along the rather steepcliffs located to the eastern periphery of Santorini. At certain points this road is so narrow that it looks more like a ridge that can barely accommodate two lanes with no railing for protection. No wonder than that the trip to Oia is not for the faint hearted.
There is also the capital city of Fira which is ideally located to the eastern elevation of the Caldera. The town of Fira is well spread over several high cliffs some of which towers above reaching heights of 1,200 feet above sea level which makes for an awesome spectacle. Fira like Oia is replete with bars, restaurants and hotels that have been built in vantage locales with a view to provide the discerning tourists with amazing panoramic vistas of the Santorini caldera. The principal port of Santorini is just below the cliff and tourists who arrive at the port of Fira always have the option of embarking on a donkey ride that takes them to the summit from where the surrounding natural panorama is absolutely breathtaking to say the least. For the no so agile, there is the option of a cable car ride which is exciting as well.
A peculiar characteristic of Santorini villages is that they have been constructed right on the calderas rim. Also, it is a fact that the peripheral areas of the caldera are exposed to strong and blustery winds.
The volcanic explosion that occurred here some 3500 years ago completely submerged the center of ancient kingdom of Strongyle. The resultant void that was created in the landscape was filled up by gushing sea waters and thus the caldera came into existence. In certain places the Santorini caldera is all of 400 meters deep.
Today, the Santorini Caldera is one of the most important geological configurations on planet earth and rightfully, it has been the subject of higher research in the domain of Geology as well as Archaeology.
The Santorini caldera has an elevation, which varies between 150 to 350 meters. The distance from one end of the island (Cape Exomitis) to the other end (Cape Mavropetra) is 18 Kms. The island's breadth varies from 2 to 6 Kms.
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ManuMay (36287) 2010-09-22 0:15
An opportune capture, the right moment and the right placing!
Ut deserves a good graphical sense and opportune moment, good play of colours and textures, very rich colours palette on a nice and funny composition!
Have a nice day...
finlay (1575) 2010-09-22 0:30
An excellent pov looking down on the cable cars from above. I like how the cable cars are aligned in a strong diagonal across the frame and how you have captured the colour variations in the rock face.
giorgimer (34941) 2010-09-22 0:37
really impressive view, with an almost 'vertigo' effect. Well seen and taken
csabagaba (6636) 2010-09-22 0:41
Jó kép ez. jó a ritmusa és a nézőpontot is jól választottad meg. Látom, Santorini mély nyomokat hagyott benned:-)
Azért valljuk be: Szamárháton fel-lemenni azért nagyobb kaland:-)
kordinator (21555) 2010-09-22 0:44
Lepa ideja za kompoziciju to je najveći deo posla.
Za dobrog fotografa sve ostalo je rutina.
Zanimljiva scena,prelepa atmosfera.
Predivne boje koje omoguje perfektno vođenje svetlosti.
Odlična kompozicija i prezentacija.
danos (101882) 2010-09-22 0:57
congratulations on your 200th photo.I wish you more and even more effective like this unexpected one.Excellent the presentation of the cable cars,that outlined perfect on the reddish rocks.
Have a nice day,Danos
mauro61 (52857) 2010-09-22 0:59
complimenti per lo scatto 200 celebrato con un originale immagine dall'alto sulla telecabina.
Buona la resa e i colori .
pauloog (11751) 2010-09-22 1:10
A surprising photo these individual cabins attached to each other. Presented with a very good rhythm and the people inside create a lively aspect.
dta (81144) 2010-09-22 1:26
Hello Vojko ,
Congratulations for your 200 posts on TE . A good one , here . Excellent effect of the plunging view , and very good framing .
bema (26425) 2010-09-22 1:40
Good morning Vojko,
first my congratulations for this second milestone for you here on TE.. may another 200 posts follow..
great capture here, thinks this cabins are originally imported from Germany, so i have read ..
have a nice day, see you, Bernd
hemantbuch (1649) 2010-09-22 2:58
Excellent composition and great colors...a real decisive moment...well done!
ikeharel (76251) 2010-09-22 4:10
This is by far one of the best masterpiece you posted!
Great shot with clear details of cable-car over the rocks of the Caldera.
KLB (23723) 2010-09-22 4:14
Congrats for your 200th post !
A very good one.
A great graphical effect thanks to you brilliant framing.
The quality is fine and the colours attractive.
Very good achievement.
jhm (157976) 2010-09-22 4:58
Congratulations for you 200th picture on TE, I hope that you can placing yet a lot years nice picture, we learn of each other, certainly the different countries. ..
Color and and far sight make these picture attractive.
Perfect perspective and depth image, very well done.
Excellent captured and good presentation. TFS.
PS: I shall give a reply on your email.
francio64 (39888) 2010-09-22 5:00
bel close up sulle cabine di questa teleferica.
Immagine dinamica e vertiginosa.
ktanska (28753) 2010-09-22 5:08
A stunning angle showing the group of gondolas against that dry looking rock face. Strong saturation works well this time.
pajaran (64478) 2010-09-22 8:02
Odlican tekst ...
Moje cestitke na 200.fotografiju.
Vrlo interesantan pogled na zicaru, turiste i surovu a lepu prirodu, dobra kompozicija.
Dobar rad i lepa fotografija za jubilej, moje cestitke i zelje za dalji uspesan rad.
Sve najbolje, pozdrav Paja.
Dober dan v popoldanskih urah.
Odličen članek ...
Zelo zanimiv pogled na kabinske ičnice, turisti in kruto in lepo naravo, dobro sestavo.
Dobro delo in lepo fotografijo obletnice, moje čestitke in elje za nadaljnje uspeno delo.
Vse najbolje, pozdrave Paja.
resat1972 (7576) 2010-09-22 10:06
I love the cable car. is exciting.
Was a perfect shot with the shadows.
macjake (71069) 2010-09-22 10:49
this is very smartly composed Vojko.
you took to time to make sure the 4 wheels were in place at the top right - good attention to detail.
i also like the pattern of the 6 carry lifts, and the lighting is brilliant.
LOOOK13 (19046) 2010-09-22 11:50
Very nice , very original, a very good choice.
A great cheer.
ciakgiak (30433) 2010-09-22 14:23
spettacolare l'effetto grafico ottenuto con queste cabinovie allineate.
I colori ed il taglio che hai dato sono di grande effetto.
Un caro abbraccio
raszid62 (18515) 2010-09-22 14:50
Ko pot od dna proti vrhu otoka se lahko pride le po jahanje na osle nevarnih poteh vratolomnimi. Danes, turisti so nazaj in leni, vendar jim primanjkuje vznemirjenje in avanture. Odlično predstavo o teh valja Coasters urejeni v serijah.
Selmik (3625) 2010-09-22 20:53
Good evening Vojko,
congratulations on 200th photograph!
Very impressive and outstanding presentation. Perfect alignment of cable cars, forming nice diagonal across, colors, rock's structure in the background adds to the excellence of this picture.
Graal (103038) 2010-09-23 0:02
congratulations on Your 200th post in TE! Nice picture here. An interesting informations in note. Solid photowork.
Have a nice day.
Cricri (123832) 2010-09-23 0:58
Une perspective excellente avec une bonne profondeur, des détails bien ressorti des rochers, bon POV , trčs belle composition
Et toute mes félicitations pour cette 200čme image
Passer une agréable journée
Silvio1953 (150405) 2010-09-23 4:19
Ciao Vojko, congratulations for your splendid 200th post on TE, great POV on amazing place with lovely ňlittle cabine in action, wonderful composition, splendid light and colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
TopGeo (38216) 2010-09-23 5:25
Hi Vojko! An excellent POV looking down on the cable cars from above. Congrats for your 200th post ! this is a fantastic landscape photo. congratulation!!! to this shot quality is fine and the colours attractive graphical effect brilliant framing. Excellent captured and good presentation.
SWEETFREEDOM (24621) 2010-09-23 5:30
very nice picture i like the six cableway in line. good colors and sharpness.
vasilpro (41661) 2010-09-23 8:04
Wonderful composition, excellent light management, lovely colors, very nice POV.
Congratulations for the 200 photos on TE.
Have a nice evening, Vasilis.
lousat (95982) 2010-09-23 16:16
Hi Vojko,very great idea this pic! Nothing better to celebrate your 200th post..impressive composition whit the best quality of sharpness and colors and i like to see something new on the TE gallery.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.
s_lush (16600) 2010-09-23 23:25
This shot is really very original, colorful and interesting. I congratulate you with such a successful capture!
Gigsn (858) 2010-09-24 0:48
An original photo!
Exellent effect and sharpness!
greetings from GIGI
iainsp (3244) 2010-09-26 18:32
Really nice composition on this photo - nice compression on the cable-cars - are they really as close as they look or have you used a long lens to compress the spaces between them? Nice diagonal in their positioning. Well done, Iain
shevchenko (20548) 2010-09-26 20:20
Congratulation on your 200th photo. Clear to see all cubins are full with pasengers, good frame with including the big wheels at right top and the shadow of cable cars, nice colourful rocky cliff, should be a good experience admire the view below from the air, interesting composition, thanks for sharing.
Didi (60590) 2010-09-27 8:25
Interesting composition and nice patterns.
Very original picture.
danyy (0) 2010-09-29 0:06
Bien vu Vojko
et impressionnant, l'effet de hauteur est bien rendu.
sacavem (18620) 2010-09-29 3:53
After the holidays, I am back in TrekEarth
Congratulations for the 200th post in Trekearth, dear Vojko.
Impressive and beautiful image of the Santorini caldera,with the cable car cabins.
rodgerg (55767) 2010-10-03 4:30
Very impressive shot with a POV very well selected. The repetition of tghe small cabines is very graphic and give propsect effect. Pleasant play of shade too.
Have a nice Sunday,
sevy (58) 2010-10-07 21:41
What I like the most here is the point of view on the white cabins against the close red stones of the cliff just behind.
This horizontal frame is having a vertical feeling thanks to the following cabins.
mato_pavlovic (261) 2011-04-06 6:57
Bravo Vojko, odlicno si ovo ulovio!
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2012-02-27 10:02
Fantastic capture of these cable cars from the high angle. Excellent sharpness where we can see the people inside. The colors go well against the red rocks. Excellent close up shot.