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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