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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Miliaria calandra


DDD3962 [Miliaria calandra]
 

Photographed near Mt. Parnitha on February 26, 2014

You can use the audio player below to listen to the bird if you like.


recording © Pamela C. Rasmussen
original recording modified by the blogger

 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Monday, June 23, 2014

Friday, June 20, 2014

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Anacamptis palustris ssp. palustris

8015082 [Anacamptis palustris ssp. palustris]


DDD4575-3 [Anacamptis palustris ssp. palustris]


Both photographed at Schinias on May 10, 2014

Monday, June 9, 2014

Friday, June 6, 2014

A gold infant covering

8011904 [A gold infant covering]
Pieces of gold foil that were used for covering the body and the face of an infant in Ancient Greece in the 16th century BC. They were found in "The grave of the women" in Mycenae. It is the only one such covering archeologists have found until today. A remarkable detail are the ring-shaped earrings.

Photographed in the National Archaeological Museum (See it here.) in Athens
on January 18, 2014

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Micromeria acropolitana

8014746 [Micromeria acropolitana]


Micromeria acropolitana is a small (5-30 cm tall), rare, perennial plant endemic to the area of the Acropolis of Athens. It was first spotted and collected in 1906 by two French botanists during their visit to the Acropolis but the first scientific reference to the plant was made by the Austrian physician and botanist Halácsy in 1908. Ever after, lack of evidence for its existence convinced the experts that it had become extinguished but 100 years later the Greek biologist G. Tsounis and his son Lambros rediscovered it on the rocks of the Acropolis! The Greek flora list was enriched with a very rare and valuable addition.

A great many thanks to Mr. Tsounis and his son for their contribution!



8014372 [Micromeria acropolitana]


8014717 [Micromeria acropolitana]

Photographs were taken in the Acropolis area on April 26 and May 04, 2014.