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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Matthiola tricuspidata

IMG_3580 [Matthiola tricuspidata]

This wild flower is commonly found on sandy beaches and seaside rocky formations all over Greece.
It can be very small with leaves and flowers close to the ground or it can reach a height of 40-50 cm. [See below.]

Photographed at Schinias on April 26, 2017

801_4200 [Matthiola tricuspidata]

Photographed at Alepohori on April 12, 2014

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Hyles euphorbiae

DSCN3053 [Hyles euphorbiae]

This larva feeds on a plant called Euphorbia; a fact that has given the larva its name. When time comes, it will develop into a beautiful moth of the genus Hyles. [A beautiful moth I haven’t had the chance so far to take a picture of but I still hope…]. The bright colors on larva’s body send a message to predators that it’s poisonous and so it secures its safety. But probably to a point because “mistakes” always happen!

Photographed on Mt. Parnonas on October 25, 2008

Saturday, February 3, 2018

The Cathedral of Athens

802_6311 [The Cathedral of Athens 2]

An early evening shot of the Cathedral of Athens.

Please click on both pictures for a better view.

For more pictures and info about the Cathedral please click here.

Photographed on July 20, 2016


By the way, on the left, in the foreground one can see the statue of Archbishop Damaskinos [See below]: a prominent figure who, during the German occupation (1941-1944), assisted the people who suffered, defended their rights and freedom and opposed strongly to the persecution and holocaust of the Greek Jews.
He was a man of great courage who stood up against the German occupation authorities (1943) and said: “The members of the clergy of Greece may not be shot. They may only be hanged. I beg you to respect this tradition….” [Inscription can be seen at the back of the statue.]

802_6600 [Archbishop Damaskinos]

Photographed on August 18, 2016

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Abu Dhabi skyline

_MG_5934 [Abu Dhabi skyline]

A view of the Abu Dhabi City skyline [Corniche] taken from a beach at Heritage Village in Abu Dhabi.

Please click on the picture for a better view.

Photographed on November 21, 2007

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Ophrys attica

802-8097 [Ophrys attica]

A closer look at the same flower

Photographed in Lavrio on March 14, 2017


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Gold masks

_8012793 [Mask A]

Death masks made of gold.
They were found in Grave IV at Mycenae excavations.

16th century BC

The mask below is the only one found that shows the eyes open.

_8012787 [Mask B]

Photographed within the National Archeological Museum in Athens [here] on March 16, 2014