Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Saturday, December 27, 2014
|801_7689 [Panthera leo bleyenberghi]|
|CCC_9702 [Panthera leo bleyenberghi]|
Did you know that:
- The roar of the lion can be heard as far as 5km away helping to demarcate territory?
- They sleep at least 20 hours a day?
- Females can reach a weight of 190 kilos, while males can reach 225?
Friday, December 12, 2014
|801_5921 [The "Park of Souls" under the whirling stars]|
The "Park of Souls" is a composition of human figures sculpted on logs of burnt trees by the artist Spyros Dasiotis.
It stands on Mt. Parnitha at a height of 1018 m opposite a deserted sanatorium which had been the artist's key source of inspiration for the park.
It was inaugurated on Oct. 20, 2012
Photographed on Mt. Parnitha on July 27, 2014
[See also here.]
Sunday, December 7, 2014
A monument of the Hellenistic times (323-30 BC) standing on the Propylaea of the Acropolis.
It was built in honor of the Roman general and statesman Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa (lived 63-12 BC), a friend of Caesar Augustus.
Photographed in Athens on April 26, 2014
Thursday, December 4, 2014
Monday, December 1, 2014
Thursday, November 27, 2014
|8011900 [a rhyton]|
A rhyton is a liquid container usually in the form of a horn, a head of a woman, or a head of an animal. It was used by the Ancient Greeks and other peoples to pour or drink wine from it during ceremonies.
The rhyton in this photo is made of silver with gold horns and rosette on the forehead. The muzzle, which has the pouring hole, is gold-plated, as were initially the eyes and the inside of the ears. It dates back to 16th c. BC.
Found in Grave IV in the archeological site of Mycenae.
Photographed in the National Archaeological Museum in Athens (here) on January 18, 2014.
Monday, November 24, 2014
Friday, November 21, 2014
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Saturday, November 15, 2014
|DSC_4908 [Scopula luridata]|
DSC_4893 [Scopula luridata]
This moth - probably attracted by the electric light sent out through the balcony door in my study at home - landed on the window pane and stayed there patiently until I had time enough to photograph her from both sides.
Wing span is about 3 cm.
I express my appreciation to my friends who identified the moth for me as: Scopula luridata.
Both photographed in Holargos on July 28, 2014
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Sunday, November 9, 2014
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Monday, November 3, 2014
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Sunday, October 26, 2014
|8012032 [Aphrodite, Eros and Pan]|
A marble statue showing Aphrodite, Eros and Pan, which was found on the island of Delos. The nude goddess Aphrodite is trying to keep away from her the goat-footed god Pan who is making erotic advances to her. She is holding her sandal threateningly in her right hand, while the winged god Eros is trying to help her.
About 100 B.C.
Photographed in the National Archaeological Museum in Athens [See it here] on January 18, 2014.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Monday, October 20, 2014
|IMG0595 [Evoia wedding]|
On June 21, 2014 I had the pleasure and honor to attend the wedding of two much-loved friends - Iro and Aris - which took place on the tiny island of St. Nicholas in Northern Evoia.
It was "Unforgettable"; to describe it in one word!
We wish them a happy life.
Here follow a few pictures of the venue:
St. Nicholas: a day view
St. Nicholas: a night view
St. Nicholas: a panoramic view
Friday, October 17, 2014
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Saturday, October 4, 2014
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Sunday, September 28, 2014
Seeing these young people enjoy their afternoon coffee on the rocks near the Acropolis, I hesitated to approach them with my camera in hand, as I might be considered an “intruder” but I was pleasantly surprised at how polite they were while they were giving me the permission to record the moment photographically. Thank you guys!
Photographed near the Acropolis on April 26, 2014
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Monday, September 22, 2014
You can use the audio player below to listen to the bird if you like.
original recording modified by the blogger
Thursday, September 18, 2014
|801_4544 [Oriental beauty]|
It seems to be trendy these years for young couples from the Orient to choose the Greek islands or Athens as the location for their wedding ceremony. According to official reports in 2013 more than 1200 couples from abroad came to Greece for that purpose. In this photo a happy bride is posing in front of the Acropolis in an effort to combine her “dream day” with her “dream place” to visit. We wish them all a very happy life.
Photographed in Athens on April 26, 2014
Monday, September 15, 2014
|DDD_2150 [Conium maculatum]|
Conium maculatum is a highly poisonous plant the juice of which caused the death of Socrates
- the ancient Greek philosopher - after he was convicted to death by the Athenian magistrates in 399 BC.
Photographed in the Athens University Botanical Garden on April 23, 2013
|801_5246 [Conium maculatum]|
In this clump of plants on Mt. Parnassos it was more than 2 m high when it was photographed on May 23, 2014.
Friday, September 12, 2014
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
|801_7259 [Cicada cicada]|
Although cicadas favour open pine forests, this one "landed" on the balcony of my apartment saving me a trip to the forest to find it! Did it come to me to be photographed? I wonder!
Photographed in Holargos on August 22, 2014
You can use the audio player below to listen to the insect if you like.
recording © Tony Taglides