As unbelievable as it sounds this photo was taken in mid-August in Western Zagoria.
We decided, my wife, my daughter and I, to spend a weekend in Zagoria, so we arrived in the village Aristi, one of the most famous villages in the area after Papigo.
The weather was very warm with some humidity, which is expected for this time of year.
I really wanted for such a long time now to find the opportunity to come and get some good photos of this landscape but in no case would have expected this time of year such intense sky.
The next morning I woke up at 5:30 a.m. and headed to the village of Vikos to take some shots of the canyon with the morning light. Unfortunately, the humidity and summer heat did not allow me to pull some decent shots of the canyon, so I returned back quite disappointed.
At noon, to my surprise, the area suddenly and within a few hours flooded with several dense clouds that portended imminent storm, which ultimately never came as only just a few drops fell after all.
Around 5:00 p.m. I noticed that the clouds began to dissolve slowly, which made me hope that there would be a chance the sun would cast its last rays over the scattered and thick clouds that had gathered over the Astraka, the mountain above the village Papingo. I got my things and headed to the western entrance of the canyon, as shown in the photo. I set up the tripod and camera not believing this unexpected turn in the weather.
As the hours passed and the sunset was approaching, my joy was even greater because everything were going exactly as I had imagined.
It was crazy. I could not believe that while the sun was setting, a small opening low on the horizon would allow the sunlight to pass through and illuminate the peaks just before it was lost behind the mountains.
It's one of those moments that the well known saying of Paulo Coelho «When you want something too much, all the universe conspires to it." really finds its application.