Blog launched: Sept 1, 2010

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Himantopus himantopus

304_5849 [Himantopus himantopus]

A European bird that is most commonly seen near the Mediterranean Sea.
It lives on swamps and lagoons with fresh water.
It builds its nest on plants in shallow waters or in mad on the ground.
 

It is about 35 cm long with a wingspan of about 70 cm.
If lucky, it can live up to ten years.

Photographed at Schinias on May 10, 2016




Saturday, August 3, 2019

Pancratium maritimum

300_6801 [Pancratium maritimum]

The flower:
when time comes, it will turn into the fruit (below).


300_6826 [Pancratium maritimum]

The fruit:
when time comes, it will hopefully provide us with another beautiful Pancratium maritimum to shoot!
 


Both photographed at Legrena on July 31, 2018



Saturday, July 27, 2019

Limenitis reducta

803_5001 [Limenitis reducta]

803_5000 [Limenitis reducta]
This butterfly is fairly common in most of southern Europe with the exception of Spain. It favors open woodlands, forest edges and flies from May to July in levels up to 1500 m. Its wingspan is about 5 cm.

Photographed on Mt. Hymittos on June 08, 2019

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Passiflora caerulea

IMG_7471 [Passiflora caerulea]


When I was young, I found this flower fascinating. Today, a few decades later, it is still one of my favourites.
I see it as an unquestionable proof that Nature’s creativity is unsurpassable!

Photographed with my iPhone in Holargos on June 21, 2019



Saturday, July 6, 2019

Scrophularia heterophylla

801_4438 [Scrophularia heterophylla]

 Photographed on the Acropolis rocks in Athens on April 26, 2014



Saturday, June 29, 2019

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Communication

303_9818 [Communication - dolphins]

Photographed in Athens zoo on September 19, 2012

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Verbascum sinuatum

803_1406 [Verbascum sinuatum]

Photographed on Mt. Kitheronas on April 20, 2018

Please click on the picture for a better view.




Saturday, May 18, 2019

Ursa constellations

803_3342 [Ursa constellations]

Inspired by my High-School teacher of Physics some decades ago, I have developed the habit of looking at the stars at night whenever possible and enjoy finding constellations in the way he had shown us. On a short vacation in a small hotel on Mt. Vardousia and when everybody had left the roof garden opting for the warm bed around midnight, I was left alone to enjoy the starry sky. No lights anywhere. Only dark mountains around and the starry sky above. Shooting the stars seemed to me a good way to go.

Constellation stars were highlighted in processing to make Ursa Minor and Major prominent.
 

Please click on the pictures for a better view.


803_3351 [Milky way]

I was hardly done with shooting the constellations above when I turned South and noticed the Galaxy waiting patiently for me behind Mt. Vardousia. I moved my equipment for a few meters and took another shot. I love vacations on the mountains!
 

Both photographed on Mt. Vardousia on September 9, 2018



Saturday, May 11, 2019

Chondrilla juncea

304_6927 [Chondrilla juncea]

This is a thin, noxious weed native to Europe, Asia and North America but it can also be found in many other parts of the world. It produces small daisy like yellowish flowers that eventually turn into the fruit topped with a pappus. Although it can reach a meter in height, it usually passes unnoticed to the photographer’s eye. I wouldn’t have noticed it if it hadn’t been for my friend N.N. who not only brought it to my attention while in the field but also informed me of its official name. Thank you, N!



300_6925 [ Chondrilla juncea]

Looking at the pappus at close range.

Both photographed on Mt. Parnitha on Sept. 21, 2018


Saturday, May 4, 2019

Polytrichum alpinum

803_0927 [Polytrichum alpinum]

Photographed on Mt. Hymittos on January 12, 2018



IMG_1822 [Polytrichum alpinum]


In spite of the striking difference in color, both pictures probably show the same moss in two different stages of development. In the lower picture the moss is at the end of its life-cycle.

While I was shooting them, I had no idea what I was shooting. It was the first time I had seen them from close and found them interesting. Some search I conducted in relative sources afterwards led me to “Polytrichum alpinum” but I have some reservations and so I leave the final verdict to experts. The fact that they were shot at the low altitude of 300m (upper picture) and 230m (lower picture) seems to contradict the name “alpinum” which implies much higher altitudes. Experts, are you reading?!

Less than 10cm in height, in relatively small patches, on a rocky surface, about 500m one away from the other.

Photographed near Kaisariani on April 09, 2011


Saturday, April 27, 2019

Anglers

SCCN0180 [Anglers]

Strolling along the sea front in Thessaloniki late one afternoon, I came across this bunch of anglers who, in parallel with their fishing, they were each doing whatever their soul desired. I hope at some point in time they also noticed and enjoyed the beautiful sunset in the distance.

Next to the anglers there was an unattended fishing rod [not seen in the picture above] waiting for a fish to bite. I found its reel inviting, so I took the picture below.

Please click on the picture above for a better view.
 


DSCN0168 [Fishing reel}


Both photographed in Thessaloniki on June 24, 2004 

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Fritillaria graeca

803_3987 [Fritillaria graeca]

 Photographed on Mt. Hymittos on March 27, 2019

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Thimelicus sylvestris

304_6593 [Thimelicus sylvestris]



304_6602 [Thimelicus sylvestris]

One of the most widespread butterflies in Europe.
It flies to all kinds of grassy places from sea level to 2000m!

Both photographed at Schinias on May 03, 2018

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Epilobium dodonaei

IMG_5950 [Epilobium dodonaei]




304_6923 [Epilobium dodonaei]

A close view of the flower

Both photographed on Mt. Vardousia on September 09, 2018

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Fritillaria obliqua

803_3719 [Fritillaria obliqua]



803_3724 [Fritillaria obliqua]

Both photographed at Schinias on February 19, 2019


Saturday, March 2, 2019

Anacamptis collina

803_3663 [Anacamptis collina


803_3708 [Anacamptis collina]

Both photographed in the Botanical gardens in Athens on Feb. 18, 2019


Saturday, February 23, 2019

Romulea linaresii subsp. graeca

[WFJG9284 Romulea linaresii]
Photographed in The Botanical Gardens in Athens on February 18, 2019

Saturday, February 16, 2019

A 'stopover' on the rocks

301_8219 [A stopover on the rocks]


A birdie having a “stopover” on the rocks at Kato Alepohori
 

Photographed on April 19, 2009
 

Please click on the picture for a better view.



Saturday, February 9, 2019

Clitocybula lacerata

801_7950 [Clitocibula lacerata]

Photographed on Mt. Parnitha on October 11, 2014

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Crocus nivalis

BPFE3563 [Crocus nivalis]



LCNQ6972 [Crocus nivalis]



RDTQ0153 [Crocus nivalis]


All photographed in Anthusa on February 01, 2019

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Allium brussalisii

803_2461 [Allium brussalisii]



A close-up on the same flower.
803_2461 [Allium brussalisii]


Photographed on Mt. Parnitha on August 22, 2018



Please click on the pictures for a better view.



Saturday, January 19, 2019

Oriental beauty in Athens (2)

801_4539 [Oriental beauty]

 An oriental bride is posing on the rocks next to the Acropolis. 
For information relating to the event please click here.
 

Photographed in Athens on April 26, 2014



Saturday, January 12, 2019

Crocus cartwrightianus

IMG_6352  [Crocus Cartwrightianus]

Photographed on Mt. Hymittos on October 31, 2018

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Serenity

[Serenity]

With Greece been covered with snow all over and freezing temperatures chilling our bones, I thought I should share with you a picture of warmth and serenity to help you visualize something you could start looking forward to.

Photographed with my mobile from a sea-side café at Kamena Vourla on September 07, 2018

Please click on the picture for a better view.