For those of you who remember from a previous post, Meteora is a place I've wanted to visit for many years. I finally had the opportunity to go in May after working on the Sea Cloud in the Mediterranean, a trip that finished up in Athens. Needless to say, my visit to Meteora the first time was absolutely spectacular, and I could only dream of going back... without ever knowing if/when that might happen! I thought it was a bit of a fluke that I was fortunate enough to work on the Sea Cloud the first time. A staff member had to cancel last minute, and I had been working with the expedition leader of the Greek trip while I was in Vietnam so he already knew me and asked if I would be available during the dates of the voyage. I excitedly said yes, without ever expecting to have the opportunity to go back (let's just say the Mediterranean isn't my specialty... so I figured I was just going to be a fill in this one time).
Well, as it turns out, it ended up being a great trip and Lindblad and National Geographic asked me to return for another round of trips starting in August. Not only was I delighted that I would be working on Sea Cloud again, and this time with an even more amazing itinerary going up the Dalmatian Coast, but I was also thrilled that I would get the chance to return to Meteora! I scheduled my flights a few days early so I would have time to explore on my own before embarking on the Sea Cloud, and spent another fantastic several days in one of the most beautiful places on earth. This time I came even more prepared than before. I brought about 80 pounds of camera gear with me (think about how fun that was, getting around with all those heavy bags and hauling them up and down the mountain each day to get to my shooting locations) as well as some video equipment. I've become more and more enthralled with the challenge of shooting and editing video ever since I started working with timelapses, and this was the perfect opportunity for me to go all out and shoot at one of the premier locations world wide.
Even though it was only a couple days (scorching hot days, all while carrying 80 pounds of gear on my back up and down the mountain multiple times) it was an absolute blast and I walked away with a gleaming smile on my face from the amazing experience of Meteora.
So as I've said before, I will say again... I dont know when, or under what circumstances, but Meteora, I will see you again some day! And I look forward to it!
As I'm sure you can imagine, I collected quite a bit of footage during my time there (I'm now back in Athens, waiting to board Sea Cloud) but I was able to put together a quick 'trailer' clip from my time spent in this magical place. I hope you all enjoy the following video clip!