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'Octopus Tentacles' Mural, Knossos, Crete

Mural 'Octopus Tentacles' at Knossos on the island of Crete

The story behind this image

During our two week stay on the Mediterranean island of Crete my wife Liz and I felt almost obligated to spend a day visiting the famous Minoan ruins at Knossos, just a few miles away from where we were staying at Hersonissos.

It was the hottest day of our holiday as we walked around the palaces and courtyards of the site, and maybe that had something to do with the disappointment that we felt during our visit.

The historic site at Knossos has definately been turned into a tourist attraction, and was packed with a multitude of visiting nationalities shuffling along the walkways and perspiring in the the heat. (Ourselves included of course!)

I found the buildings and courtyards something of a conundrum as well, having been 'restored' using modern materials in an attempt to make them look as they would have done all those centuries ago.

However, I did enjoy viewing and photographing the lovely murals and frescoes adorning the walls of the ruins, such as this striking painting of the 'Octopus Tentacles' on the walls of one of the palaces.

Image data

Filename - crete knossos mural 03.jpg

Camera - Canon 6D

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 35mm

Exposure - 1/13sec @ f8, ISO400

Filters - Polarising filter used to reduce glare and enhance colours.

Location - Knossos, Crete

This image - 800x732px JPEG

Conversion - Adobe Lightroom

Comments - Handheld exposure with lens stabilisation.