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Fantastic Nature

Fantastic Nature
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Copyright: Paras Bhalla (parasbhalla) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3028 W: 438 N: 9280] (38525)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-29
Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Artwork, Mood
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-P150
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-03-13 11:03
Viewed: 2270
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Dear TrekLensers!

I took this picture in the Las Médulas region located in the Léon Province of Spain.

I have share with you that I stayed there for 4-5 hours and you don't believe me, in that time, many weather conditions changed and I waited for the moment when the blanket of clouds fill the valleys with its glamor.

It looked like a fantasy come true to me :)

Hope you like the mood here.

Thanks for stopping by!




General Information on Las Médulas (Léon):

Las Médulas is a multiple-landscape of an intense red colour soil, which is located in Spain's Western Province of Léon. Las Médulas is located close to Ponferrada, specifically in the direction of Ourense. Historically, Las Médulas is famous for its gold mines where the Romans started and abandoned its exploitation for gold.

In relation to altitude, the highest point of the mining area is El Mirador de Orellán at an altitude of 943 meters and in mentioning that the lowest point of the exploitation is at an altitude of around 750m, you can see that there is a big difference in height along a 1-Km cross-section. However, Channels in Las Médulas are concerned, the drainage network is scarce, with the appearance of numerous streams of little importance that practically have no effect on the mining, but that doesn’t mean that the water didn’t have an important part to play in the mining technique developed by the Romans in Las Médulas.

Geologically, Las Médulas can be defined as a landscape with presence of materials such as conglomerates, clay, marls, slate, sandstone, dolomite and limestone, emphasising inside the Quaternary formations the alluvial deposits close to the rivers and streams in the area. In relation to the materials over which the gold mining activity was carried out at Las Médulas, we can point out that practically all of them were Tertiary materials, forming a landscape of an intense red colour that contrasts with the darker tones of the Paleozoic materials that surround and where most of the supply canals of this Roman mine ran. The Tertiary materials form an immense accumulation of very erosive sediments, above all by man made erosion, where many walls with a subvertical incline appear. You can see in detail that the stratification is well marked, where the conglomerates count on a sandy clay matrix. In relation to the petrology of the rocks, the schist, quartzite and quartz principally stand out.

(Above information collected from: http://www.lamiradacircular.com)

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Ciao Paras, fascinating landscape with lovely clouds, great view of splendid nature, splenddi light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Paras
heavenly landscape. wonderful picture with pleasant colors of nature. fine blankets of clouds filling the valleys emphasizing the top of the mountains. splendid horizontal composition.

Boa noiteParas,

Fascinating landscape with excellent light and contrast.
Beautiful place and a great work.


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  • brech Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 539 W: 135 N: 1111] (3045)
  • [2012-03-13 17:33]

A wonderfully rendered panoramic of this vista. Worth the wait, you managed to artfully capture this scenic view that bis aptly framed in a good composition. POV, DOF and light management all well done.

Hi Paras,
Beautiful landscape with and amazing point of view,
Excellent details and sharp presentation,
Beautiful contrast and light ,
Excellent panorama deep of field,

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  • linus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1797 W: 13 N: 1442] (15482)
  • [2012-03-13 18:38]

Hi Paras,
A beautiful and a dramatic landscape. The clouded shrouded valleys reminds me of my native Sri Lankan mountains. A stunning shot.

Beautiful Paras! I love the fog here, really nice on the long crop, it works extremely well. I just love how fog lays down in valleys like that! Super shot!

Wonderful perspective. The hills and clouds are really beautiful.

Hi Paras...excellent shot. Wonderful tones and colors. Nicely composed.


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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2012-03-13 21:35]


super compo et iamge mangigique cpatage avec la brume traînante ces vallées et colines quelle immensité quelle panorama superbe.

Bravo et amitié


Hallo Paras,
Fantastische Ansicht, das Licht und die Landschaft Farben sind vollkommen.
Viele Grüße.

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 452 W: 66 N: 1002] (10644)
  • [2012-03-13 22:09]

Hi Paras,
Hope that you may desire another visit but with heavier gear, this is amazing and mouth watering for me, that you created a superb shot, TFS.

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  • sela Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 633 W: 11 N: 1379] (8213)
  • [2012-03-14 3:51]

Hallo Paras, eine atemberaubende Landschaft,und Du hast wieder einmal ein fantastisches Foto dort gemacht.Den richtigen Standort gewählt wie auch den richtigen Moment.Der aufsteigende Nebel´, Klasse!
Liebe Grüße Rose

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2012-03-14 6:59]

Hi Paras

Wow! A spectacular high pov with most of the distant valleys filled with mist. This enhances the graphism as well as making it a delightful shot! Superb pastel colors & sharpness. Tfs!

Hello Paras, a beautiful landscape with all the different layers and contours of the countryside.
Excellent DoF.The colours are natural, and the cloud adds to the charm of your scene.
Love that little 'S'of road in the centre.
Tfs, regards Jean.

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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 736 W: 13 N: 634] (21244)
  • [2012-03-14 9:41]

Beautiful mountains, excellent shot, I like the low clouds in the valleys

Olá Paras
I likje spain very much...you catch well one oits landscapes. Good light mangement, good colors and beauty.
Um abraço

Hi Paras,

I like the eefect of the clouds in between the mountains, it is giving depth to the composition. the point of view is showing the details and colors of the mountains. The light has a special effect on the colors. Have a nice day.


Indeed! Nature is fantastic and nicely captured! I like the lighting and the shadows. Good dof with sharp details and wonderful colors. Well done, tfs.

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  • Ber Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 359 W: 79 N: 346] (6326)
  • [2012-03-22 8:03]

Hi Paras
Yes, Natura is fantastic - an interesting landscape with clouds, I like natural colors

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  • mikio Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 127 W: 61 N: 385] (1327)
  • [2012-03-25 2:26]

Hello Paras,

You're capturing well this landscape by a good angle and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see mountains with some layers and clouds among mountains. It's impressive in the contrast of greenery in this side and mountains in behind, too. And, the grass in lower side draws out an additional good effect. I am impressed also by you having been in this place for as long as 4-5 hours, and having taken the photograph.
Have a nice weekend!

Kind regards,

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