Photographer's Note

Moraca is a Serbian Orthodox monastery located in the picturesque Moraca River canyon that was built in 1252 by Stefan Nemanjic. It is one of the most significant othodox Middle Age monuments in Montenegro.
It consists of an assembly church, devoted to the Assumption of Mary, a small church, devoted to Saint Nicola, and a lodgings for travellers.
Besides the architecture, the really important part is its paintings. From among the monumental 13th century paintings only the cycle devoted to St. Eliah, the Prophet, with the famous scene "Crow Feeding St. Eliah, the Prophet," remains. After its restoration in the 16th century, Moraca experienced a unique artistic renaissance. In that period the last great artists fostering esthetics still untouched by decadence brought about by Turkish rule worked in the Moraca Monastery. As a result, Moraca became a unique gallery of paintings and icons of the post Byzantine circle. The works there acquired a universal character and became the best testimony of the victory of the spirit over the violent and brutal times in which they were created.
(info from Unesco & Wikipedia)

I took this photo while leaving Montenegro last April, using medium telephoto setting and ISO200. the NEF file (Nikon's RAW format) was opened and edited with CaptureNX software - except some contrast tweaking with Nik ColorEfex plug-in.

the title might make more sense if I had included more of the surrounding valley and river; "comfortably hidden" is anyway copyrighted by another photographer who was smart enough to use a wider focal length from the same spot that afternoon :)

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