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Spinalonga, Crete #11

Fortified turret in sunlight 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 in various states of dilapidation.

It was getting on the afternoon as we arrived on the far side of Spinalonga, with the sun tracking lower in the sky and shadows starting to lengthen.

This old stone turret, with an unusual domed roof, was on the far side of the island and formed part of the sea wall defenses.

What attacted me to this scene was the shape and golden textured stonework of the little turret, set against the lovely blue of the Mediterranean sky.

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Image data

Filename - crete spinalonga 11.jpg

Camera - Canon 6D

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 28mm

Exposure - 1/80sec @ f11, ISO100

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.