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Peaks of Europe *Covadonga*

Peaks of Europe *Covadonga*
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Copyright: Filipe Rocha (sacavem) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2467 W: 128 N: 3992] (18620)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-07-18
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Nikon D40, Nikkor 18-55mm AF-S 1:3.5-5.6 GII ED DX, SandDiskII15MB/s, Sigma DG - wide circ. PL 52mm
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Peaks of Europe (Picos da Europa)
Date Submitted: 2013-03-18 8:17
Viewed: 4247
Points: 96
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All Rights Reserved: Filipe Rocha Copyright. Use in any form is forbidden without the written permission of the photographer. :
Direitos Autorais Reservados: A presente fotografia é obra intelectual protegida pela lei,sendo proibida a reprodução por qualquer meio sem a prévia autorização por escrito do autor. Favor contactar:Filipe Rocha

Hi dear TE friends

Place : Covadonga / Cathedral

Theme: Trip to Peaks of Europe (VII)

The valley of Covadonga is situated to the north of Peaks of Europe, between these ones and the Cantabric Sea in Principado de Asturias.
The History tell us that a muslim army arrived till these lands where the few local christians captained by Don Pelayo resisted to the invader and won the battle.
Over a small hill in the valley you can see the sanctuary of Covadonga, built with a special stone which contrast with the green of the prairies and woods.
In the mornings, when the mist covers the valley of Covadonga and the leprechauns play on the wood, it is easy to see the sanctuary floating over the mist as it was built in the air.

The cathedral at Covadonga, (the second most important religious site in Spain after Santiago de Compostela) lie the lakes Lago Enol and Lago de la Encina, very popular with visitors. The Monasterio de Santo Toribio, near the old market town of Potes, is the third most important religious site in Spain and said to house a piece of the cross on which Jesus was crucified.. The cable car at Fuente De, affording easy and fast access to the central massif, is 20 kms from Potes.

I hope you like it, a big hug to all the friends of the TE.

ikeharel, krzychu30, PaulVDV, emka, jhm, adores, Schnappilic, josepmarin, jlbrthnn, danos, Graal, thebest, clic, adramad, mirosu, Bluejeans, pierrefonds, Angshu, ChrisJ, ricardomattos, lucasgalodoido has marked this note useful
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Hello Filipe,
really pleasant postcard with the usual great quality and beautiful colors!
Best regards

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  • cargus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1419 W: 76 N: 1267] (11491)
  • [2013-03-18 9:11]

Colour, light and contrast excellent, good together in a successful picture.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11751 W: 126 N: 21138] (108849)
  • [2013-03-18 9:41]

Hi Filipe.The perfect postcard of this magnificent architechture,very rich of details and taken in a beautiful scenary in background too,very interesting,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

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  • leo61 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 4168 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2013-03-18 11:14]

HI Filipe!

Good shot of this cathedral!
I like the contrast with the rich green vegetation at the mountains and the nice,partly cloded sky.

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  • m Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 645 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2013-03-18 11:52]

Hi Filipe,
a very nice postcard, the cathedral looks sensational. Love the contrasty colors and light.
Thanks and cheers

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  • dta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6077 W: 277 N: 11715] (90389)
  • [2013-03-18 12:08]

Ola Filipe ,
Très belle présentation du célèbre sanctuaire de Covadonga , dans un superbe décor de montagne .

Hello Filipe,
I´m glad to see your new photo on TE!
The scene in nicely composed(although I think you wouldn´t mind to use here wide-angle lens:)it would enable you to capture also the lower parts of the Cathedral.But we have to cope with the equipment we have.The scene is a delightful combination of beaty of the architecture and stunning nature.These vivid green mountains provide really marvelous backdrop for the Cathedral.

Have a nice evening

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  • Rafer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 881 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2013-03-18 12:53]

Preciosa foto de Covadonga...bonito contraste, luz y color...muy bien cogida!!! saudos Filipe

Hola Filipe,
Beautiful capture of this nice architecture.Great POV and splendid colors.Well done!
Best regards,

Oi Filipe!
Linda igreja e belo local!
Foto interessante, atraente e agradável!
Destaque para as cores, exposição, pdv escolhido e composição!

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  • JFS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2771 W: 3 N: 671] (32459)
  • [2013-03-19 7:14]

Impressive pic of this amazing cathedral and surroundings. I had never seen it before and i find it impressive. Thanks!

Ola Filipe,
Fine postcard with the impressive cathedral. I like the architecture and the colors. Well seen!


Hello Filipe,
Well, the second most important religious site in Spain was unknown to me. Till today.
The colour of its facade, its towers and the tiles make the cathedral stand out wonderfully in that ultra green environment of Asturias.
Still a bit surprising that such a cathedral can be found in the countryside.
Best regards, Paul

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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10127 W: 144 N: 25335] (123385)
  • [2013-03-20 20:26]

Ola Filipe,

beautiful old cathedral set in a wonderful landscape. Superb colours, great depth. Interesting p;ace, thanks for sharing.
A big hug to you, have a nice day


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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24402 W: 523 N: 40817] (175634)
  • [2013-03-21 5:53]

Hello Filipe,

An church with two towers is always very nice.
Certainly these church before a nice mountain panorama image.
What a nice composition and splendid presentation.
Sharpness and clarity be superb.
You play excellent with light and colors. TFS.

Best regards,

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  • adores Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5877 W: 64 N: 11341] (46935)
  • [2013-03-25 16:34]

Olá Filipe!
Já cá cheguei, finalmente:)!
Boa foto da catedral! Acho que não aparece muito aqui no TE! Gosto do pov e da nitidez e as cores estão muito boas! O local parece magnífico!

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  • Waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2732 W: 154 N: 6183] (25436)
  • [2013-03-25 18:16]

Hello Felipe,

This is a beuatiful image of the beautiful church in such a beautiful and natural setting just below the mountain full or lush green vegetation. The sky with large puffy clouds also adds nice element to the background. Excellent POV and composition. The photo quality is wonderful with good colors and good sharpness and details of the church.

Thank you.


Hello Filipe,

A very suitable picture for Easter. Lovely presentation of this beautiful cathedral in the mountains. Well done!

Happy Easter!


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  • fds Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 664 W: 0 N: 1616] (9637)
  • [2013-04-02 12:46]

ola filipe great image with very beautiful church in this foreground and the green mountain in the background
i licke very much this very beautiful colors and very impressive sky
cumprimentos filippe

Hello Filipe,

Great display of the Cathedral in the hills.Nice warm colors with great exposure.Excellent choice of your angle this gives perspective and depth image.Very well done, TFS.

Warm Regards

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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15437 W: 159 N: 26991] (141698)
  • [2013-04-05 4:28]

Hola Filipe
Magnifique architecture dans un merveilleux décor de montagnes et des couleurs superbe
Belle journée

Olá, amigo Filipe,
perfecto encuadre para enfatizar la esbelta arquitectura de la basílica de Covadonga, que se destaca sobre las verdes montañas y el cielo azul.
La imagen es muy nítida y has gestionado magistralmente la luz y los colores.
Una bella composición.
Um abraço,
Pili e Josep

Belo enquadramento com detalhes bem conseguidos.
Um ab

Hi Filipe,

This church is magnificent. The green hills as background, makes this structure even more beautiful.

Oi Filipe,
Esta é uma composição espetacular e muito interessante. Eu gosto da perspectiva. A luz, cores e nitidez são excelentes.
boa noite

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  • danos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13697 W: 295 N: 27279] (109547)
  • [2013-04-15 9:30]

Ola Filipe,
very nice the view as the presentation of the Cathedral as dominatinfg the place and at the same time outlined against the green Mt. on the backdrop.
I like the excellent light and colour manageent as the contrast of the them.

Have a good afternoon,Danos

Ciao Filipe, lovely composition with beautiful cathedral, great POV, excellent clarity, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • kato Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1386 W: 219 N: 3395] (11630)
  • [2013-04-15 19:18]

Hello Filipe,

You're capturing well this architecture by a good composition and excellent tone, so it's interesting and impressive to see the old cathedral with elegant shape and two tower surrounded by the green wood/mountain. The whole is harmonized well by a good bright color combination.

Kind regards,

Hello Filipe, a true postcard! you are so lucky to have sunshine and beautiful blue sky! all the days that I was there it was raining and I don't have any good pictures!yours is extraordinary!
best regards,

Ola Filipe,
magnificent contrast with the Cathedral stand against the green hills around and blue sky aloft.
Architecture's details shown in great clarity. and daylight upon.
Bom dia,

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9445 W: 268 N: 3085] (103038)
  • [2013-04-16 8:34]

Hi Filipe,
nice view of cathedral. I like the details of architecture. Great sky and saturated colours. Well note and photowork.
Have a nice evening.

HI Filipe,
Beautiful architecture, well presented, good angle, perfect light capture and colors, tfs.

Hi Filipe,

A lovely picture perfect image of this beautiful Cathedral.
The colours & the clarity are great & I love the lush green hills as a backdrop to this magnificent piece of architecture.

Kindest regards,

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  • clic Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2689 W: 0 N: 3017] (20598)
  • [2013-04-21 15:59]

Hello Filipe; I want to apologise for being late to answer to your kind words sent on april 15.
I wish I could see the sanctuary float over fog lying low in the valley!!
Anyway, this church stands beautifjully down there like a jewel set in a green velvet case protecting its majesty!

Hola Filipe.
Esplendida composicion, que nos muestra la bonita basilica en un gran POV, rodeada por el gran verdor de las montañas, un cielo realmente bonito complementa este bello trabajo.
Magnífica tanto la gran nitidez, como la optima iluminacion.
Buen comienzo de semana.
Saludos muy cordiales.

Hi Filipe
Very impressive image, you have captured some lovely lighting and composition, richness in colours of the eyecatching architecture gives it such a great feel leading the eye into the shot.There's so much detail to take in, this is simply fabulous photo work, Congrats.
Best regards

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  • mirosu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1572 W: 0 N: 3418] (16313)
  • [2013-04-22 23:42]

Hi Filipe,
This is excellently captured church from very well selected viewpoint. The view from lover angle makes the church majestic and dominant. The light is perfect, the contrast against sky excellent.
Have a nice day.

Ola Filipe ,
Linda esta igreja neste lugar maravilhoso rodeada por estas montanhas bem verde , bom ponto de visão , bom contraste de cores, parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo

Hi Filipe,

The mountains are framing well the cathedral. The point of view is showing the details and colour of the architecture of the cathedral. The good luminosity is enhancing the beauty of the colours. Have a nice day.


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  • Angshu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7851 W: 324 N: 16060] (56760)
  • [2013-05-09 23:00]

Ola Filipe
Indeed an amazing postcard from Covadonga...for the first time I see a picture from this place. The cathedral looks majestic against the backdrop of the green mountain slopes...good light brings out fine details!
Best Regards

Hello Filipe,

What a view. It looks superb, lonely Cathedral between hills.
Very good POV, colors and light.

Have a nice weekend


Hi Filipe,
spectacular architecture and an amazing location among the mountains covered with the green vegetation. The colors are so pleasantly vivid and eye catching. Beautiful high quality image,
excellent work,

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  • s_lush Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 47 N: 4467] (16602)
  • [2013-05-22 2:00]

Hello Filipe,
This magnificent architecture has been masterfully captured by you against the expressive green mountains and butifully clouded blue sky. Excellently composed and skillfully presented!
Best regards,

Hi Filipe
looking at your gallery, how could i NOT stop and view this one!
it stands so tall, proud, and very strong.
it takes over the frame and nobody is going to knock it down!
love the contrast levels you put on this, and the colors are vivid too.
nice shot

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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14260 W: 1033 N: 28561] (135816)
  • [2013-09-07 3:48]

Hello Filipe,

It is not easy to get the perspective right in such a wide angled shot but here the tallest tower is perfectly aligned on a vertical axis. Good sharpness and I like the warm cold colour contrast between the red roof and the blue sky. Tfs!

Hi Filipe,
spectacular view, great details and colors.

Oi Filipe,

Uma beleza de catedral esta. Gostei do contraste entre ela e as montanhas verdes. O belo céu azul coroou bem esta bem feita composição.



Olá Filipe,
um castelo muito bonito esse mesmo, a as cores e paisagem ao fundo ficaram ótimas. Belo trabalho, amigo.
Parabéns e Abraço

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