Giant’s Causeway

The Giant’s Causeway is an UNESCO World Heritage site in the Northern Ireland.

It’s a remarkable natural rock formation, result of an ancient volcanic eruption that created about 40,000 basalt columns by cooling lava millions of years ago.

According to legend, the columns are the remains of a causeway built by the Irish giant Fionn Mac Cumhaill involving a fight between giants from Ireland and Scotland.

 

Gear: Canon Eos 5D mark IV, Canon EF 11-24mm f/4 L USM, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM and Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

Cliffs of Moher

The Cliffs of Moher are Ireland’s most visited natural attraction: rugged cliffs into an inspiring view stretch for 8km along the Atlantic coast of County Clare.

 

Gear: Canon Eos 5D mark IV, Canon EF 11-24mm f/4 L USM, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM and Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

Lame Rosse and Fiastra lake

Lame Rosse is one of the most popular itineraries of the Sibillini mountains, along the wonderful Fiastra lake. This itinerary starts from the dam of the lake; After 1 hour walking, you will meet a little valley where the lame rosse rocks stand. Lame rosse are made of grit and clay and their particular shape is due to the erosion weathering. Have a look at the gallery of this magical itinerary.

 

Gear: Canon EOS 6DCanon EF 11-24mm F/4L USM and Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM

Santorini Trip – Part#2

New photos of Santorini island trip : beaches, sunsets and nice places to see.

More details in photo captions.

 

Other Santorini’s photos here.

 

Gear: Canon Eos 6D,  Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM, Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM and Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM

Hell’s gorge and hermatage of St. Leonardo

The Hell’s gorge, in italian “Gole dell’Infernaccio” in the Marche region (Italy) earned their name in the days when this was one of the few routes through the Apennine mountains between Adriatic coast and Rome.

With long steep-sided gorges and wild mountains around, it was famous for brigands waiting to ambush travellers.

Today it’s a beautiful, peaceful and easy walk through deep wooded ravines, alongside a stream with wildflowers and dragonflies, which opens finally into cattle pastures leading up to the Passo Cattivo (Evil Pass).

There is an optional pathway to a small church, the hermatage of St. Leonardo (eremo di San Leonardo).

The church was built almost single handed by a monk named Padre Pietro, well-known as “The bricklayer of God”, who began the work in 1971.

He lived up there in total solitude, and unfortunately, Padre Pietro is deceased on august the 9th of 2015, at 88 year old.

 

Gear: Canon EOS 6D and Canon EF 17-40mm f/4.0 L USM

Sunset in Santorini

Santorini is a beautiful Greek island remnant of a volcanic caldera and renowned for its wonderful sunsets.

Here the first part of gallery of Santorini Island, with some shots taken at sunset hour.

 

Gear: Canon Eos 6D,  Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM, Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM and Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM

Kanoni – Pontikonissi and Vlacherna Monastery (Corfù)

A photo gallery of beautiful Kanoni hill area in Corfù, with Pontikonissi island, and Vlacherna Monastery.

Kanoni is located around three kilometres south of Kerkyra city in Corfù island, with a wonderful view on his main attractions: the Pontikonissi  island, and Vlacherna Monastery.

The Vlacherena monastery is a Corfù icon, and was founded many centuries ago on a little rocky island as women’s monastery. Today the rock of monastery is joined to the mainland by a footbridge.

Pontikonisi (means ‘Mouse Island’ in Greek, ’cause his shape) is an islet with the Byzantine chapel of Pantokrator.
According to the legend, Pontikonisi was the boat of Odysseus which was turned to this green rock by the God Poseidon during a storm.

Nearby the hill of Kanoni, the Ioannis Kapodistrias International Airport, the only airport of Corfù.

 

Gear: Canon Eos 6D,  Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM and Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM

Parga (Greece) by day

The small town of Parga, with its colorful houses  is the most popular summer destination in Epirus region in Greece.

An amazing green islet with a white church stands at the entrance of the port, while the ruined walls of a Venetian castle can be seen on top of a hill above the town.

It’s no wonder this place is as popular with the Greeks as it is with foreign holidaymakers.

 

Gear: Canon Eos 6D with Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM and Samyang 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC

Meteora (Μετέωρα) – Suspended in the air

Meteora is one of the largest and most important complexes of  Orthodox monasteries, and one of the most surreal, beautiful and breathtaking natural landscape in Greece, and I think, in the world.

The Metéora is in the Plain of Thessaly in central Greece. The nearest town is Kalambaka, and is included on the UNESCO World Heritageat.

From the 11th century onwards, twenty-four monasteries were built, despite incredible difficulties, at the time of the great revival of the eremetic ideal in the 15th century. They were created to serve monks and nuns following the teachings of the Eastern Orthodox Church.

Today six of these monasteries are still intact and active, and two of these are inhabited by nuns.

 

This is the first part of a large photo gallery of Meteora. In the next days I publish other six galleries with more shots of Meteora and of his monasteries.

 

Gear: Canon Eos 6D with Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM and Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM II, Canon Eos M with Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 STM

Krka National Park – Part #1

Krka National Park is a must see in the territory of Šibenik-Knin County of Croatia (Dalmatia), along the Krka River.

This first part of photo gallery start with the nice trip up the river to the most attractive parts of the park: the stunning waterfalls and cascades of the Krka river, and the Skradinski buk.

In a space of 450 metres there are 17 waterfalls, the largest is just over 22 metres in height and 60 metres in width, and the total difference in height between the first and the last falls is 48 m.

The awesome walk through the waterfalls in the park is on a 2 Km foot bridge. Due to the wealth and variety of geomorphological forms, vegetation, and the various effects caused by the play of light on the whirlpools, Skradinski buk is considered to be one of the most beautiful calcium carbonate waterfalls in Europe.

 

Gear: Canon Eos 6D and Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM

Marken – Holland – Part #1

The fairy-tale village Marken is on a peninsula in the Markermeer, in the North Netherlands, at only 20 minutes from Amsterdam.

Marken is a well-known tourist attraction for its characteristic green and white wooden houses (usually painted yellow and blue inside) and for his harbour quarter.

Houses here are built on little hills called werven, or on pilings to keep them high and dry.

Walking around Marken, is easy to see the impressive town’s architecture. Until 1957, Marken was an island in isolation from the rest of the Netherlands, so it developed an independent culture, architecture, dialect, dress and more. Marken ceased to be an island in in 1957, when a dike between Marken and the mainland was built.

These shots are taken after a storm, so, I was lucky to take a raimbow over the village in some photos.

 

Gear: Canon Eos 6D and Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM

 

Étretat – Normandie

Étretat is on the Alabaster Coast in Normandy, and is known for its cliffs, including three natural arches and the pointed “needle”.

The beach is composed of stones that have been smoothed by the waves of the English Channel and the town is set just beyond the beach.

These cliffs and the associated resort beach attracted artists including Eugène Boudin, Gustave Courbet and Claude Monet, and were featured prominently in the 1909 Arsène Lupin novel The Hollow Needle by Maurice Leblanc.

 

Gear: Canon Eos 1000D, Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM and Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

Windmills in Kinderdijk – Part #1

Kinderdijk is a village in the Alblasserwaard polder of the Netherlands at 16 kilometers of Rotterdam, and a UNESCO World Heritage in Holland .

The most important aspect of Kinderdijk  is undoubtedly the collection of 19 windmills dating from the 1500s, which are considered a Dutch icon throughout the entire world.

 

Gear: Canon Eos 6D and Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM with an Hoya HD polarizer filter