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Saturday, August 31, 2019

Sideritis raeseri subsp. attica

803_0204 [Sideritis raeseri subs.attica]

This is a rather unattractive view of Sideritis raeseri, a plant that grows wild on rocky mountain slopes at heights between about 1000-2000 m. It was shot at the end of September (2017) which means long after its flowering season. If it had been shot a month earlier, it would have been "naturally decorated" with plenty of yellow flowers (see below).

Sideritis is widely known throughout the country as ‘mountain tea’. People can collect about 17 different varieties on the Greek mountains and enjoy a fresh, aromatic and flavorful cup of tea (whether they prefer it cold or hot).



803_0065 [Sideritis raeseri subsp. attica]


803_0068 [Sideritis raeseri subsp. attica]


Both closeup pictures of the flower were taken
on Mt. Parnitha on September 5, 2017




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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 mud 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