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Sfendili, Crete #1

Flooded village of Sfendili by the side of the Aposelemi reservoir, Crete

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The story behind this image

A hot dry summer and autumn in 2017 on the Mediterranean island of Crete saw the water level in the recently created Aposelemi reservoir at a seriously low level.

During our two week stay on the island in September 2017 my wife Liz and I drove past the reservoir on a number of occasions en route to the Lasithi Plateau, and we were intrigued by the apparently abandoned buildings by the water's edge on the far side of the reservoir.

A little bit of googling revealed that these building were, in fact, the abandoned village of Sfendili, normally under water but now revealed due to the low level of the reservoir.

A convenient layby proved irrestable under the circumstances, as I'd never seen or photographed such a place before.

so we pulled over and a short walk brought me to this spot, where the buildings of Sfendili were nicely framed by olive trees with the green waters of the reservoir beneath.

I wonder if it's rained yet, and if Sfendili has disappeared beneath the waters once again?

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Image data

Filename - crete sfendili 01.jpg

Camera - Canon 6D

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 55mm

Exposure - 1/30sec @ f11, ISO100

Filters - Polarising filter used to enhance colours.

Location - Sfendili, Crete

This image - 800x533px JPEG

Conversion - Adobe Lightroom

Comments - Handheld exposure with lens stabilisation.