Photography

Echeverias/Εχεβέρια

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The echeveria succulent is native to Mexico and Central America. It flourishes in dry Mediterranean climates. It’s is so easy to propagate too. You just take off a leaf and place it in the soil without watering it, and after a few days roots begin to form. I have so many in my garden now. No need to buy more.

Το φυτό εχεβέρια  είναι εγγενής στη Μεξικό και την Κεντρική Αμερική. Ευδοκιμεί στα ξηρά μεσογειακά κλίματα. Είναι τόσο εύκολο να διαδοθεί. Απλά βγάζετε ένα φύλλο και το τοποθετείτε στο έδαφος χωρίς πότισμα και μετά από λίγες μέρες αρχίζουν να σχηματίζονται ρίζες. Έχω τόσους πολλούς στον κήπο μου τώρα.  Δεν χρειάζεται να αγοράσω περισσότερα.

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Emerald Sea/Σμαραγδένια Θάλασσα

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“Every time I stand before a beautiful beach, its waves seem to whisper to me: If you choose the simple things and find joy in nature’s simple treasures, life and living need not be so hard.”     -Psyche Roxas-Mendoza

«Κάθε φορά που στέκομαι μπροστά σε μια πανέμορφη παραλία, τα κύματα της φαίνεται να μου ψιθυρίζουν: Εάν επιλέγετε τα απλά πράγματα και βρεθείτε χαρά στα απλά θησαυρά της φύσης, η ζωή δεν χρειάζεται να είναι τόσο σκληρή».

Nephophilia/Νεφοφιλία

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The cloud on the left looks like a bird with wings.

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It’s coming for you.

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Big marshmallow man.

A few photos of a cloudy day and rainy August day in Greece. The photos have an ‘instant’ style filter.

Nephophilia: a person who loves clouds; a fondness or obsession with clouds.

Μερικές φωτογραφίες μιας συννεφιασμένη και βροχερή ημέρα του Αυγούστου στην Ελλάδα. Οι φωτογραφίες έχουν φίλτρο “instant” (άμεσου) στυλ.

Νεφοφιλία: ένα άτομο που αγαπά τα σύννεφα, μια συμπάθεια ή εμμονή με τα σύννεφα.

Secret Garden/Μυστικός Κήπος

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It’s nice to see some greenery in a concrete jungle like Athens. It’s a little piece of paradise. I don’t have to go outside the city to feel close to nature. It’s a lot o f work to maintain it, but it’s worth it. And there’s my big, fat cat Angelo chilling on the grass which he loves to eat.

Είναι ωραίο να βλέπεις πράσινο σε μια  ζούγκλα απο τσιμέντο όπως η Αθήνα. Είναι ένα μικρό κομμάτι του παραδείσου. Δεν χρειάζεται να πάω έξω από την πόλη για να νιώθω οτι είμαι κοντά στη φύση. Χρειάζεται πολλή δουλειά για να το διατηρήσετε, αλλά αξίζει τον κόπο.   Και να τος! Ο μεγαλος, χοντρος γατος μου Ο Αγγελος που χαλαρώνει στο γρασίδι που του αρεσει να τρωωει.           

Pumpkin Flower

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A photo of a pumpkin flower from the garden. I love the texture of the flower. Pumpkin season is coming soon. Since nothing should go to waste, some Greeks like to fry the flower in a frying pan and stuff it with feta cheese. I haven’t tried it but it should be good.

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*Update: In a large bowl add flour, water and pieces of feta cheese. With a spoon fill the pumpkin flowers and place each flower in a deep-frying pan. Take out when they are brown and crispy. I tried them today and they are delicious! Serve as an appetizer.

Seeing Red/Kόκκινο Παντού

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Red, the colour symbolic of passion, love…and anger.

How is that? How can it be both?

“When anger rises, think of the consequences”. Confucius

Κόκκινο, το χρώμα συμβολικό του πάθους, της αγάπης … και του θυμού.

Πώς είναι αυτό? Πώς μπορεί να είναι και τα δύο;

«Όταν ο θυμός ανεβαίνει, σκεφτείτε τις συνέπειες». Κομφούκιος

Fire then Rain/ Φωτιά και στη συνέχεια βροχή

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Right after the catastrophic fires in Eastern Athens came heavy torrential rain that brought flooding  to the North of the city. This July blood red moon was not a good one. It brought a lot of catastrophes from the fires in California, to the earthquake in Indonesia, flooding in India and Japan. I do believe that God gives us signs in the sky. If you take a close look at the top of the first photo you can see either Jesus or an angel. 🙂

Αμέσως μετά τις καταστροφικές πυρκαγιές στην ανατολική Αθήνα ήρθε βαρύτατη καταρρακτώδης βροχή που έφερε πλημμύρες στα βόρεια της πόλης. Αυτό το κόκκινο φεγγάρι του Ιουλίου δεν ήταν καλό. Έφερε πολλές καταστροφές από τις πυρκαγιές στην Καλιφόρνια, στον σεισμό στην Ινδονησία, πλημμύρες στην Ινδία και την Ιαπωνία. Πιστεύω ότι ο Θεός μας δίνει σημάδια στον ουρανό. Αν κοιτάξετε προσεκτικά την κορυφή της πρώτης φωτογραφίας, μπορείτε να δείτε είτε τον Ιησού είτε έναν άγγελο. 🙂

Dearly Departed/Στη μνήμη των θυμάτων

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I took these photos on the terrible day of Monday July 23rd.  On Sunday and Monday the temperatures soared to 40 degrees Celsius.  On Monday the howling winds and news of a fire outside of Athens had me worried. I went to the rooftop and I could see some smoke coming from Kineta (30 miles west of Athens) where firefighters were fighting a huge blaze. It was all over the news.  Directly across me I could see a huge plume of smoke billowing from Mt Penteli.The whole atmosphere was eerie.. like it was doomsday. These strong winds pushed the flames from the mountain of Penteli down to the seaside resort of Mati and to the port of Rafina. That night the fire would claim the lives of 91people (as of today), with 88 with critical injuries and 25 people still missing.  Greece is in a state of shock and is in mourning. Everyone is devastated. This was incredibly shocking and brought back memories of the great fires that raged in Peloponnese in 2007 that took the lives of 63 people.

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Smoke from Mount Penteli. The fire that began there would go on to destroy the seaside towns.

Many people were stranded on the beach and had to be rescued by boat. Some good Samaritan fisherman rescued dozens of people. Many people drowned as well as they escaped from the fire to the sea; they were left to swim in the water for up to 5 hours. There are many sad stories and stories about survivors and the courageous firefighters and locals who saved dozens of lives.

Sadness has turned to anger and many people are left wondering why this happened. What mistakes were made and how could have this disaster been prevented? Every summer myself and family members would drive to the beaches of Marathon. We drove by Mati. Last summer we made a stop at Mati but changed our minds at the last-minute. Partly because we couldn’t find the beach and because it was a bit claustrophobic.  We found the area a bit confusing and had to ask for directions to get back to the main road.. It was definitely a death trap. I could see how people, could get trapped there. The beach was not easily accessible, there was a cliff and it took a long time to get back to the main road.

If this bad news was not enough,  I found out on the same day that the night before,  there was yet another shooting in my hometown of Toronto.  Gun violence is out of control in the city that was the safest in North America.  This time it was in the neighbourhood that I grew up on the Danforth (Greek town) this is the safest and most liveliest area in all of Toronto. Tragically, two young girls an 18-year-old girl and a 10-year-old girl were murdered by gunfire and 14 injured others injured by the hands of a lunatic, a most hateful man. I feel zero sympathy or pity for him. It angers me that the Toronto media is trying desperately to garner sympathy for him. He is not the only person who had  mental issues in the world and he is certainly not the only one who has suffered in his life. Shooting random innocent people is a deplorable and cowardly thing to do. It’s time to take all the guns away from men. Disarm all psychopaths! No one needs a gun. There isn’t a war going on in the west! Enough!

My thoughts and prayers to all of the innocent lives that were lost this year. Μy deepest  condolences to all of the families and friends who have lost their loved ones.

I hope, that after all of these tragedies, that big and drastic changes happen all over the world. It’s wishful thinking, I know, but all we are left with is hope.

 God bless Greece! May the dearly departed rest in peace. Ο Θεός να ευλογεί την Ελλάδα ! Καλό Παράδεισο στους αδικοχαμενους.

Love the planet and each other!  Αγαπήστε τον πλανήτη και ο ένας τον άλλον!