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Saturday, September 23, 2017

“Two for the price of one!”

_8029822 [Full moon - Eclipse]

The picture above is a composite of 30 shots taken consecutively at an internal of 140 seconds with the purpose in mind to show the direction and the course of the full moon across the sky.

I was almost at the beginning of the shooting session when I started getting worried about the fact that I hadn’t seen the full moon emerge from the sea at the expected time and that a few minutes later I could see only a faint part of the moon disk. Were there any clouds there that I couldn’t see? I wondered. It was then when a passer-by approached and asked me: “Has it started yet?” “Started what?” I asked. "The eclipse.” she said. I have to confess with some sort of embarrassment that I had no idea I was shooting not only the full moon but also a moon eclipse at the same time! If only I had known! I could have used a more suitable lens to show eclipse in magnification.

Photographed in Rafina port on August 07, 2017

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Colchicum lingulatum

803_0054 [Colchicum lingulatum]

One of about 30 species of Colchicum found in Greece; all of them being poisonous whether dry or in any other form.

Photographed on Mt. Parnitha on September 5, 2017

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Circaetus gallicus

DSC_5931 [Circaetus gallicus]

This impressive and persistent hunter feeds mainly on snakes and lizards. It can fly for hours over hills and mountains and often hovers to spot its prey on the ground. When it does, it plunges on to the “victim” and grabs it with its claws.

Its wingspan can reach 1.78 m, while its weight can reach 2.5 kg!

Photographed on Mt. Parnitha on June 21, 2017

Friday, September 1, 2017

Full moon over Rafina port

_8029893 [Full moon over Rafina port]

A shot of a magic full moon night. It took me multiple shots and more time than I expected but eventual satisfaction proved a convincing reason why I could go home and leave behind the captivating night sight.

Photographed from a nearby hill on July 9, 2017

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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Angling by a boat

IMG_4154 [Angling by a boat]

Shot with a mobile phone in Legrena on July 24, 2017

We'll be back on September 1st!
[Deo volente.]

Until then have a nice time!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Podarcis muralis

802_9233 [Podarcis muralis]

Did you know that …

     • It usually reaches a length of 20 cm of which about 14 are the tail?
     • It has acute vision and hearing?
     • It can walk even vertically on walls?
     • It can swim but it systematically avoids water?
     • It is mainly fed with insects, worms, bugs and various fruits, with a particular preference for strawberries, oranges and plums?
     • It goes into hibernation?

I didn’t, at least some of them, until I consulted a book on Zoology* for the purpose of this post!
* Εκπαιδευτική Ελληνική Εγκυκλοπαίδεια, Τόμος 11, σσ. 307-308, Εκδοτική Αθηνών 1983

Photographed on Mt. Parnitha on June 21, 2017

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Vanessa cardui

802_6958 [Vanessa cardui]

Vanessa cardui, a regular visitor to our garden, feeding on the flower Lantana camara [here]

Photographed in Holargos on October 03, 2016