This is a short blog to coincide with my Meteora blog (read here or via the link at the foot of this blog), though ready for an update as I head back, deep into the Pindus Mountains at the end of Autumn 2019.
Epic!! Would be somewhat of an understatement for a description of this incredible region.
Unfortunately, my last visit was only for a day/night October 2018 on the way to Igoumenitsa port from Santorini. I spent it at Papingo to try and nail a Milky Way shot that had evaded me on my previous visit, again, it didn’t happen. Mountain weather during the changeable months, and gambling with locations for night photography that don’t guarantee clear skies, though that’s the fun of it, and it’s far-flung from the cliche night photography locations of the world.
My visit prior to that dates back to March 2016, and both times traveling solo, I was put off undertaking certain night shots due to the local wildlife (brown bears and wolves). I say “certain”, it didn’t completely stop me, and I knew all about the fact the area was brown bear territory way before I made the journey.
In fact, I identified the region as somewhere extremely dark, with no astrophotography images to be found taken within the area; combined with my love, and experience, of travelling and photographing Greece, it ticked all the right boxes. As with any inland mountainous region, you do pick up light pollution from larger, distant towns, especially the more elevated you are.
It’s an area that many claim to be Europe’s last wilderness, I’m not so sure. There are some fairly remote places in Romania and Bulgaria, the most remote areas are actually on the Albanian side of the Pindus Mountains, but I will, however, state it’s certainly one of the most remote places I’ve ever visited in Europe, and a place I am longing to return to.