For most of the people the Croatian coast is nothing but a virtually infinite binary string made of the two symbols APARTMANI and SOBE.
It is incredible to see how close to such huge marketplace one can enjoy something completely different.
I started my summer bicycle tour from Trieste on August 1, and the next day, due to wrong time computations, I reached the Velebit too late to enjoy the sunset. As a consolation prize, I had the sunrise from the tiny summit of Vučjak, little above the Zavian refuge, the main reference point for Northern Velebit. Next, I headed in direction Bosnia, where I had to rehearse for a concert to be held on August 10. But once I reached the beautiful valley of Krasno, I felt somewhat unhappy... From the Velebit I wanted to see also a sunset, and so I climbed the mountain once again, this time having even the time to position me on the best summit. Unfortunately, there was no longer the magical light of the evening before, which I had enjoyed only in the mid of a forest with no suitable panoramic points. But one cannot have everything at once!
In summary: the Velebit sunset panoramas stole me one day of rehearsal... Some pictures from the Balkans are already on picasaweb.google.com/albertopedrotti/Balcani, although the publication will be a lengthy and tiresome job, having shot something like 6300 pictures... The Balkans are a mysterious piece of Europa which we hardly know.
Among the many items shown in this picture my personal favourite is the summit of Televrine, on the island of Loinj. Near to it, there is a wonderful little chapel of Sv. Nikola, where I slept one night in 2005, enjoying a memorable sunrise. Unfortunately, I decided to buy my first digital camera only one year later...
15 vertical images, 65mm (x 1.5), 1/60 sec, f/8, ISO 200.