AAA3283 [Artificial rain]
... for thirsty flowers in the Monastery of Kaisariani on Hymittos Mountain
Mt. Hymittos: 08/09/2008, photo © Tony Taglides
Monday, August 23, 2010
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
BBB7664 [Phalacrocorax carbo]
Phalacrocorax carbo, commonly known as 'a cormorant', is a huge bird with a wingspan that in some species can reach up to 160cm. It's a great diver that can stay in the water for as long as 30" and almost always it emerges to the surface with a fish. Lots of fishermen used to see him as a competitor for fish; a fact that in the past led to the extinction of large populations of birds. Fortunately, that has stopped and at the moment there are more than 1.2 million of birds in Europe.
Kerkini: 06/06/2010, photo © Tony Taglides
Thursday, August 12, 2010
"Why is it no one ever sent me yet
One perfect limousine, do you suppose?
Ah no, it's always just my luck to get
One perfect rose."
(Dorothy Parker, 1893-1967, US writer)
Holargos, 03/05/2008, photo © Tony Taglides
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
BBB2131 [Pancratium maritimum]
A beautiful flower found in summer on the sand by the beach. At this stage the flower is at the end of its life-cycle. It will soon produce its "characteristic fruits [that] resemble pieces of charcoal; they are light in weight and float on the sea, which disperses them along the shore". [See: Papiomitoglou Vangelis Wild Flowers of Greece, Mediterraneo Editions, 2006]
Sounio: 07/08/2009, photo © Tony Taglides
BBB8049 [Pancratium maritimum]
Pancratium maritimum with large, white and fragrant flowers miraculously emerges from the sand that is generally considered sterile soil.
BBB8079 [Pancratium maritimum]
BBB6338 [Aporia crataegi]
This beauty seems to be very human-friendly! It landed on my finger and posed for me for as long as I needed to take the picture with the other hand. The reddish marks on the lower part of the wing indicate that the butterfly has only recently emerged from chrysalis.
Lampokampos: 01/05/2010, photo © Tony Taglides