Blog launched: Sept 1, 2010

Friday, December 31, 2010

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Astraeus hygrometricus

IMG_0080 [Astraeus hygrometricus]

This interesting, star-like, mushroom was named “Astraeus” after Astraeus, the father of stars in the ancient Greek mythology. Its “star rays” behave like a barometer. They measure the humidity in the air and if humidity is enough they open up to expose the spore sac. If not, they remain closed to protect it from dry conditions. Because of this behavior the mushroom was named hydrometricus which is also of Greek origin and means “water- measuring”.

Mt. Hymittos: 27/12/2010, photo © Tony Taglides

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Ophrys proimi

CCC1010-2 [Ophrys proimi (?)]

Τhis ophrys is posted under a temporary name as the plant has not been officially identified yet. Erotokritos Kalogeropoulos spotted the plant for the first time near Lavrio back in 2009 and has been studying and recording its features and behavior since then. As he has found strong evidence that it might be a new subspecies, he is about to publicize his findings. I express my appreciation for his early sharing with me the plant locations as well as his research on the subject.

Lavrio: 10/12/2010, photo © Tony Taglides

CCC0999 [Ophrys proimi (?)]

Lavrio: 10/12/2010, photo © Tony Taglides


Monday, December 20, 2010

Geastrum rufescens

CCC1215 [Geastrum rufescens]

Mt. Hymittos: 19/12/2010, photo © Tony Taglides

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Alectoris chukar


AAA4984 [Alectoris chukar]


Photographed on Mt. Hymittos on January 5, 2009

You can use the audio player below to listen to the bird.


original recording modified by the blogger

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Sunset at Nafpaktos

AAA4791 [Sunset at Nafpaktos]

Nafpaktos: 26/11/2008, photo © Tony Taglides


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Clathrus ruber

CCC0955 [Clathrus ruber]
Mt. Hymittos: 08/12/2010, photo © Tony Taglides

Sunday, December 12, 2010

The Temple of Poseidon at Sounio

DSCN4197 [The Temple of Poseidon]

No, it’s neither a corpse nor Poseidon you see lying on the ground.
It’s my friend Nick trying to get the right angle for a picture of the Temple!

Sounio: 07/12/2010, photo © Tony Taglides

Friday, December 10, 2010

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Monday, December 6, 2010

Salamandra salamandra

BBB7069 [Salamandra salamandra]

Salamander is an amphibian that normally goes out hunting at night but if you’re lucky you can see it during the day after the rain.


BBB7069 [Salamandra salamandra]

Mt. Voras: 04/06/2010, photos © Tony Taglides



Saturday, December 4, 2010

On Mt. Olympus



The blogger at the top of Mt. Olympus on a summer misty morning.
[The picture was posted in response to a polite request by some friends.]


Mt. Olympos: 20/07/1972, photo© Tony Taglides



Friday, December 3, 2010

Door knockers

BBB5485 [Door knockers]
Amorgos: 30/03/2010, photo © Tony Taglides


Thursday, December 2, 2010

Wednesday, December 1, 2010