Above Porto Ercola

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© Deborah Downes
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UploadedAugust 24, 2009
TakenMay 24, 2009
MakeNikon Corporation
Exposure1/60 sec at f/6.3
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Focal Length52 mm
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Last May, while caught up in a heat wave, Fred and I decided to head to the coast along southern Tuscany. First we visited the ancient Roman ruins of Cosa in Ansedonia and then went to the promontory of Monte Argentario, which is mostly high and rocky with a gorgeous coastline and two major ports: Porto Santo Stefano on the northwestern side and on the eastern Porto Ercole. Fred programed his GPS for the latter port and for the first time it led us astray, taking us way up into the mountains. Well, we ended up seeing some incredible views, plus had a delightful lunch at a restaurant tucked up in the mountains, before taking in the beauty of Porto Ercole. In 1610 Michelangelo died at that seaport from malaria. The fortresses crowning the hilltops surrounding that harbor are reminders of the Spanish domination, during which Porto Ercole was part of the Garrison State. Captured this shot from the steep narrow steps leading up to one of the forts. Halfway up those stairs is the duomo. The ribbons on the railing were from a wedding.

27 responses

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (24 Aug 2009):

    That's a heck of a shot! Love your POV; can't believe the wedding party climbed the stairs! You and Fred lead a magical life; I'm SO happy you share your adventures here!

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (24 Aug 2009):

    Works for me ! Lovely view and glad I don't have to walk those everyday. Nice one. dp

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (24 Aug 2009):

    Fantastic capture, Deb! What a climb.

  • Michael Ball

    Michael Ball gave props (24 Aug 2009):

    Fantastic shot Deborah!! Love the compo and color!!

  • Audrey Kanekoa-Madrid

    Audrey Kanekoa-Madrid (Deleted) gave props (24 Aug 2009):


  • Warren ~Mangione~

    Warren ~Mangione~ gave props (24 Aug 2009):

    Wonderful shot! Super entry! What a place!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) gave props (25 Aug 2009):

    This is an awesome shot! I am glad you picked the less traveled road even if it was on accident. This is an incredible shot and entry.

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (25 Aug 2009):

    Thanks everyone. As always your comments are much appreciated. Susan, the wedding party not only had to go up and down those stairs, but the bride had to do it more than once. BTW, there are no roads to the homes along this stairway. Everything has to be carried up and the stairs get worse the farther up you go.

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (25 Aug 2009):

    This is a fabulous capture Deborah, she must have been a very athletic bride!

  • Judy Wanamaker

    Judy Wanamaker (Deleted) gave props (25 Aug 2009):

    This is breathtaking, Deb. I'll bet the residents have very strong legs, and healthy hearts. This is a perfect entry.

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (25 Aug 2009):

    Great shot and perfect theme entry,wow! Just by looking at it, I don;t think I can do it. I have to excuse myself.Maybe next time, I will have the guts even to go down.

  • Fred Downes

    Fred Downes said (26 Aug 2009):

    Love this shot, Deb, even though the hike up almost killed me. It was worth it as we ended up with some special memories - and a very bad bottle of wine.


    JOE FAILK gave props (26 Aug 2009):

    Excellent perspective Cool shot!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (26 Aug 2009):

    Rockin' JPG's Theme Park.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (26 Aug 2009):

    You really got your walking exercise and a great image for your efforts...This really works well for the theme above..Great job!

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (26 Aug 2009):

    Sometimes getting lost turns out great, this is a beautiful entry, excellent composition...

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (26 Aug 2009):

    Looks great in the lightbox..

  • Karen Foto Fiddler

    Karen Foto Fiddler (Deleted) gave props (26 Aug 2009):

    WOW! This is a an awesome POV! Brilliant shot!

  • Andrew Lorimer

    Andrew Lorimer (Deleted) gave props (26 Aug 2009):

    Absolutely Amazing Capture

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece gave props (26 Aug 2009):

    Fantastic POV - it is so beautiful there and thanks for letting us take an armchair visit to the places that you get to go to : )

  • Ed Puskas

    Ed Puskas gave props (27 Aug 2009):

    Wonderful shot, great perspective and comp

  • Roger L. Blease

    Roger L. Blease gave props (28 Aug 2009):

    Love the shot and the commentary. I wish more people would provide insight into their work!

  • Josee Sheppard

    Josee Sheppard gave props (28 Aug 2009):

    Love it!

  • Liliane Paingaud

    Liliane Paingaud gave props (28 Aug 2009):

    Not only the series is blissful but you give me a lot of ideas about where to go in Italy, after Rome and Venezia! You visit so many stunning places!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (1 Sep 2009):

    wow,,nearly missed this,,fabulous entry

  • Al Gieryna

    Al Gieryna gave props (18 Sep 2009):

    Stellar photo...love it!

  • Steven Maguire

    Steven Maguire gave props (21 Dec 2009):

    Excellent point of view!!!! Great capture!!!

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