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Spinalonga, Crete #6

Decaying stone building and tree on the island of Spinalonga, Crete

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During the two week holiday that my wife Liz and I enjoyed on the beautiful Mediterranean island of Crete one of the places we kept on driving around was the northern end of Mirabello Bay,.

Specifically, the stretch of coast between the towns of Elounda and Plaka, with the island of Spinalonga just offshore.

Spinalonga is a fascinating place, with a rich and diverse history culminating in its use as a leper colony up until 1957.

Liz had a special interest in Spinalonga, having read the book 'The Island', which was based here, so Spinaonga was on our list of 'must visit' places during our stay on Crete.

I was also keen on a visit, having viewed Spinalonga from afar and noted the rather imposing fortifications, a relic from Venetian rule in the middle ages, which looked highly photogenic if you're into dereliction like me!

There's a path that you can follow that takes you right around the circumference of the island at sea level, passing a number of those imposing fortifications and other buildings in various states of dilapidation.

This decaying house and courtyard were particularly lovely to my eye, especially as there was a tree growing through the broken stone floor of the property, providing a thought provoking contrast between the living tree and its dead man made surroundings.

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Image data

Filename - crete spinalonga 06.jpg

Camera - Canon 6D

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 24mm

Exposure - 1/40sec @ f8, ISO400

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

Location - Spinalonga, Crete

This image - 800x533px JPEG

Conversion - Adobe Lightroom

Comments - Handheld exposure with lens stabilisation.