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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Spiranthes spiralis

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Photographed on Mt. Hymittos on October 10, 2017



Detail
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A close up shot of a different plant showing flower details.

Photographed in Lavrio a couple of years ago.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Towards the end of the day

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A shot à contre-lumière taken late in the afternoon on a very hot summer day

Photographed in Legrena on July 24, 2017




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


Please click on the photo for a better view.

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


PLEASE NOTE:
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

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

Photographed in Holargos on October 03, 2016




Saturday, July 1, 2017

Ag. Nektarios

801_6852-HDRx5 [Ag. Nektarios]

The church above is dedicated to St. Nektarios; a saint of the Eastern Orthodox Church canonized only recently, in 1961. It is located within the convent of The Holy Trinity on the island of Aegina in the Saronic Gulf and is daily visited by large numbers of believers coming from all parts of Greece to pay tribute to the saint.

The structure is of comparatively huge dimensions. Apart from the church seen in the picture, there is another - separate - church beneath it. The total capacity of the structure is estimated to be 9.000 people. It’s corner stone was laid in December 1973 and it was inaugurated 21 years later, in May 1994. Today, it constitutes one of the largest churches of the Greek Orthodoxy.

Photographed on the island of Aegina on August 07, 2014


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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Lantana camara

DSCN4042 [lantana camara]


A close-up of the same flower

Photographed in Holargos on October 12, 2010

 

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Saturday, May 27, 2017

One’s missing! Where’s she gone?

Pic 246 [One is missing]

This is part of the façade of a building next to the “Fulton Grand Canal” hotel on The Grand Canal in Venice [See picture below]. While I found amusing the sight of penguins on the balcony watching cruise boats go by, I was also curious to know why one of the penguins in the lower right balcony was missing. Where had she gone? I wonder!




Picture 245 [One is missing-hotel]

Both pictures were taken from a cruise boat in Venice on September 15, 2005

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Athens Cathedral

802_6445 [Athens cathedral]

The Cathedral of Athens is centrally located, very close to Syntagma Square, and constitutes a major landmark of the city. It is 40 m long, 20 m wide and 24 m high. It’s construction started on Christmas Day of 1842 and was completed 20 years later. On May 21, 1862 it was dedicated to the Annunciation of the Holy Virgin Mary at the presence of the King Otto and Queen Amalia who had laid the cornerstone 20 years earlier.
 

Throughout its history, it has been the venue of all sorts of official ceremonies ranging from coronations to royal weddings and to funerals of prominent figures of the Greek society.

Photographed in Athens on July 20, 2016




 

802_6597 [Athens Cathedral: Interior]

 The interior of the Cathedral seems to impress all visitors who have the opportunity to admire the plethora of Byzantine-style icons and frescoes, treasures like a part of the chain that Romans used to chain up Paul the Apostle in Rome, or the tombs of two saints: Agía Filothéi and Patriarch Gregory V to name a few.
 

While the night-shot of the exterior of the Cathedral was easy to take with the use of a tripod, photographing the interior proved problematic. Huge dimensions, dim light, and no tripod permitted were only some of the problems any photographer would face. The problem was partially solved with 18 pictures HDRed into 6 and then stitched into the above hand-held 2x3 panorama.
 

Photographed in Athens on August 18, 2016
 

Please click on both pictures for a better view.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Alectoris chukar

802_8382 [Alectoris chukar]


Photographed on Mt. Hymittos on April 01, 2017


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, April 19, 2017

Tragopogon sinuatus

802_8404 [Tragopogon sinuatus]


802_8424 [Tragopogon sinuatus]

Both photographed on Mt. Hymittos on April 01, 2017


Saturday, April 8, 2017

Saturday, April 1, 2017

The west pediment of the Parthenon

_8012090 [The west pediment of the Parthenon]

The themes of both east and west pediment representations on the Parthenon derive from the Greek mythology. On the west pediment specifically, representations depict Athena and Poseidon at the center of the composition competing with each other to become the patron of the city. Poseidon has just struck the earth with his trident and produced a spring of water for the city, while Athena did the same with her spear and produced a live olive tree. Poseidon - feeling defeated - appears to be retreating in fright. On both sides of the contestants, the horses that pulled the contestants’ chariots stood on their hind legs also frightened by what was happening. The composition is completed to the corners with other personalities from the Greek mythology.

Photographed in the Acropolis Museum in Athens on January 30, 2014
and then
heavily processed in software to eliminate unpleasant window reflections
and to give prominence to the figures.


Please click on the picture for a better view.
 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Himantoglossum robertianum

802_8124 [Himantoglossum robertianum]

Photographed in Lavrio on March 14, 2017


802_8138 [Himantoglossum robertianum]

 A close-up shot taken to reveal details

Photographed in Lavrio on March 14, 2017



Saturday, March 25, 2017

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Saturday, March 18, 2017

The east pediment of the Parthenon

_801299 [The east pediment of the Parthenon]

The sculptural arrangement on the east pediment of the Parthenon, [see above], is based on a theme that derives from the Greek mythology. It narrates the birth of Athena [the goddess of wisdom] from the head of her father, Zeus [the father of all gods]. How it happened is well described below:

“[So,] according to [Greek] mythology Zeus gave birth to Athena after a terrible headache prompted him to summon for Hephaestus’ [the god of fire and the forge] assistance. To alleviate the pain, he ordered Hephaestus to strike him with his forging hammer, and when he did, Zeus' head split open and out popped the goddess Athena in full armour.”

Source: http://ancient-greece.org/art/parthenon-ped-east.html
 

In the center of the composition above one can see Zeus sitting on his throne, and Athena, fully grown and armored, standing in front of her father, while many other gods on both sides of the composition are witnessing Athena's miraculous birth.

Photographed in the Acropolis museum in Athens on January 30, 2014
and then

heavily processed in software to eliminate unpleasant window reflections and to give prominence to the figures.

 

Please click on the picture for a better view.
Then,
let your imagination travel 25 centuries back 

– when the Parthenon was first opened to the public – 
and “see” the beauty of the original statues not only on the east pediment
but also of those on the west pediment that will be uploaded soon.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Saturday, March 4, 2017

The Parthenon

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The Parthenon on the Acropolis, as seen from East.
The couple in the picture seem to be commenting on the destroyed pediment that used to host magnificent statues.

A representation of the statues will be uploaded soon.

Photographed in Athens on September 17, 2012


Saturday, February 25, 2017

Monastiraki square

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The well-visited Monastiraki square near Plaka with the Church of Koimisis Theotokou [The Assumption of Mary] on the left, the Metro station on the right, the Museum of Greek Folk Art in the middle and the Acropolis in the distance.
 

 Photographed in Athens on July 21, 2014

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Satyros at Olympia

_8012045 [Satyros at Olympia]


A portrait head of a boxer made of bronze. It was found at Olympia, Greece. The man is crowned with kotinos, the olive-wreath awarded to victors in the Olympic games. Unfortunately, only the stem of the wreath is preserved. His facial features have led to the identification of the figure as a boxer. The head probably belonged to the statue of the famous boxer Satyros of Elis, who repeatedly won the boxing event at Nemea, Pythia and Olympia. The statue was the work of the Athenian bronze-sculptor Silanion.

About 330-320 BC.
.

Photographed within The National Archeological Museum in Athens [here] on January 18, 2014




Saturday, February 11, 2017

Lycoperdon lividum

802_7243 [Lycoperdon lividum]

This mushroom is most often found close to the coast - that is where the above picture was shot - but it also grows on sandy soil in pastures, dunes, and heaths. It fruits in autumn.

It’s interesting to observe that it bears an opening at the top that lets fully mature spores go through and disperse in order to ensure the perpetuation of the species. [See video below.]

Photographed in Schinias on October 22, 2016






Video duration 19"


Video shot on Mt. Hymittos on October 21, 2015

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Acropolis museum

_8012135-2 [Acropolis museum]

The new Acropolis museum is an ultramodern glass and steel archeological museum spreading over 14.000 square meters and housing nearly 4.000 ancient artifacts. It is located by the southeastern slope of the Acropolis hill.
The museum - “one of the best in the World”, according to international experts - was built with the purpose of housing the archeological finds on the Acropolis; especially the Marbles of the Parthenon (commonly known as the Elgin Marbles). Inauguration took place on June 20, 2009 and its opening to the whole world served as a reply to those refusing to return the Marbles to where they belong with the poor excuse that Greece had no appropriate place to keep and protect them. Well, we cordially invite them to visit the museum. I am sure a single visit would be enough for them to reconsider their arguments!


Photographed in Athens on January 30, 2014

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The entrance to the museum

_8010672 [Acropolis museum]

Large numbers of domestic and international visitors make their way into the museum every day. There were “over 6.5 million visitors […] in its first five years of operation”. [http://www.theacropolismuseum.gr/en/content/annual-report]
 
Photographed in Athens on September 28, 2013

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Late evening traffic

802_6513 [Late evening traffic]

Watching the full moon from an overpass on a warm summer evening, I was tempted to experiment once again with capturing the light trails of cars rushing out of and into the city. Similar attempts had refused to yield acceptable results for me but “Nothing ventured, nothing gained” I thought. So I set the camera on the tripod.

A couple of days later the processed image on the screen of my computer reminded me of the old well-known saying “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again!” I’m glad I did.

Please click on the picture for a better view.


Photographed at the outskirts of Athens on July 20, 2016

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Psittacula krameri

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A regular visitor to our garden where she seems to enjoy the fruits of the olive tree.

You can also see her here.
 
Photographed in Holargos on March 27, 2016


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