Blog launched: Sept 1, 2010

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

CCC_9483-2 [The Parthenon]

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

801_5784 [Monastiraki square]

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

Please click on the picture for a better view.



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

300_5618 [Psittacula krameri]



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



Sunday, January 1, 2017

New Year wishes

[2017: New Year wishes]

Καλή Χρονιά! Χρόνια πολλά!