Photography

Panoramic View/Πανοραμική θέα

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Bee Keeper in action

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Last week the quarantine restrictions were lifted here in Greece. This was my first time in nature since March or even longer than that. There is a joke that a lot of people say that everyone has become an athlete during the quarantine. I don’t think I have ever seen so many joggers and cyclists in Athens in all of my years here. :))

Την περασμένη εβδομάδα, οι περιορισμοί καραντίνας καταργήθηκαν εδώ στην Ελλάδα. Αυτή ήταν η πρώτη μου φορά στη φύση από τον Μάρτιο ή ακόμη και περισσότερο από αυτό. Υπάρχει ένα αστείο που πολλοί λένε ότι όλοι έχουν γίνει αθλητές κατά τη διάρκεια της καραντίνας. Δεν νομίζω ότι έχω δει τόσοι δρομείς και ποδηλάτες στην Αθήνα όλα αυτά τα χρόνια εδώ. :))

Life & Death/Ζωη και Θανατος

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A dead bee and living spider in a white calla lily in my garden.

Μια νεκρή μέλισσα και μια ζωντανή αράχνη σε έναν λευκό κρίνο στον κήπο μου.

“Let us so live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.”

-Mark Twain

“Death is the destination we all share, no one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be because death is very likely the single best invention of life. ”    

-Steve Jobs

Iris & Gladiola/Ίρις και Γλαδιόλα

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The colour purple is the colour that is associated with bravery, creativity, wealth, and royalty. I’ve grown to love this colour and I was happy to see the purple Iris and purple gladiolas in my garden again as they are perennials.

Το χρώμα μωβ είναι το χρώμα που σχετίζεται με την ανδρεία, τη δημιουργικότητα, τον πλούτο και τη βασιλεία. Έχω αγαπήσει αυτό το χρώμα και ήμουν ευτυχής οταν ειδα την εμφάνιση του όταν είδα την ίριδα και την γλαδιόλα στον κήπο μου ξανά καθώς είναι πολυετή φυτά.

ΚΑΛΟ ΠΑΣΧΑ!/Happy Easter!

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Happy Easter to all Orthodox Christians. We celebrate Easter a week after the Catholic Easter. Greeks couldn’t move about this year, so they couldn’t leave for their villages to celebrate Easter as they would do every year.  This year, so they celebrated in Athens and the whole city is smoky and it smells like bbq! 🙂

“The reappearance of the light is the same as the survival of the soul.” Victor Hugo

“Blessed are those who have not seen and have yet believed.” John 20:29

“The Easter egg symbolizes our ability to break out of the hardened, protective shell we’ve surrounded ourselves with…”-Siobhan Shaw

Orange Delight/Πορτοκαλί απόλαυση

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I love the optimism of nature. So much joy can be found in the seemingly little things. I hope these photos lift your spirits in theses difficult times 🙂

Λατρεύω την αισιοδοξία της φύσης. Μπορείτε να βρείτε τόση χαρά στα μικρά πράγματα. Ελπίζω αυτές οι φωτογραφίες να ανεβάσουν το πνεύμα σας σε αυτές τις δύσκολες στιγμές:)

 

Stormy Days/Θυελλώδεις Μέρες

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Greece got another taste of winter this past week. There is snow on Parnitha mountain! Shockingly unusual weather for the month of April.  I believe it is God’s wrath. He is avenging the crazies who went to the beach in March during the quarantine. And now we all have to suffer and listen to the gale force-7 or 9 Beaufort winds.

I bet God said (while looking down at us) ‘If you don’t stay inside than I’ll mess with the weather so badly you will be forced to stay in. I’ll make it so windy that if you set foot -even one foot-outside you will be blown away!

This is an incredible inspiring video that helps put things into perspective. Our ancestors had it A LOT worse than us. Terrible things have happened before and the will happen again. It is crucial in times like these to remain calm and to be strong.

Quarantine/Καραντίνα

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My cat Angelo and I are breezing through the quarantine. No quarantine blues for us.  No whining about being bored. Keep your spirits up. There are million things to do. Think of those who are on the front lines helping to battle the contagion. Think of the people you once overlooked who are keeping society functioning.

Take a little nap in the sun -it’s good for you. And consider yourself lucky 🙂

We’re born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we’re not alone.” -Orson Welles

The Shadow Self

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“Our dark sides are part of who we truly are. By uncovering and embracing our shadow side, we become whole.” -Debbie Ford

“I used to want to save the world. To end war and bring peace to mankind. But then, I glimpsed the darkness that lives within their light. I learned that inside every one of them, there will always be both.  The choice each must make for themselves – something no hero will ever defeat. I’ve touched the darkness that lives in between the light.

Seen the worst of this world, and the best.

Seen the terrible things men do to each other in the name of hatred, and the lengths they’ll go to for love.

Now I know. Only love can save this world. So I stay. I fight, and I give… for the world I know can be.

This is my mission, now. Forever.”– Diana Prince / Wonder Woman (2017)

Social Distancing/Απόσταση

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Even cats know that it’s best to keep your distance 🙂 Ακόμη και οι γάτες γνωρίζουν ότι είναι καλύτερο να κρατήσετε την απόσταση σας 🙂

Here in Athens we have been are on lock down since this past Saturday. Only pharmacies, gas stations and supermarkets are open.  But, only a few are allowed to enter at at time. At the supermarket you have to keep a safe distance from people. Greece has 418 cases and Athens has the most cases of the virus. Gatherings of more than 10 people are forbidden.

The mostly extroverted, social Greeks are upset their lifestyles have been interrupted, but there is nothing else they can do but to obey orders. As time goes by I see that more and more people are taking the matter more seriously.

The statistics are shocking, Europe now has more fatalities than China! Borders are closed and people are panic buying. A lot of people are stressed and upset about this situation especially those who have grandparents and parents who are elderly.

What is happening is unprecedented and has affected everyone on this planet. Humans are the most adaptable creatures and patience, calm and strength is needed. Our survivor instincts, and heroic sides have to come through.

Wishing everyone good health and inner strength this year 🙂

Η επιθυμία μου ειναι να εχουν όλοι καλή υγεία και εσωτερική δύναμη φέτος 🙂

Εδώ στην Αθήνα είμαστε σε καραντίνα από το περασμένο Σάββατο. Μόνο τα φαρμακεία, τα βενζινάδικα και τα σούπερ μάρκετ είναι ανοιχτά. Mόνο λίγοι επιτρέπεται να εισέλθουν. Στο σούπερ μάρκετ πρέπει να έχετε μια ασφαλή απόσταση από τους ανθρώπους. Η Ελλάδα έχει 418 περιπτώσεις και η Αθήνα έχει τις περισσότερες περιπτώσεις του ιού. Συγκέντρωσεις με περισσότερα από 10 ατόμων απαγορεύονται.

Οι περισσότεροι, εξωστρεφείς, και κοινωνικοί, Έλληνες είναι αναστατωμένοι, ο τρόπος ζωής τους έχει διακοπεί, αλλά δεν υπάρχει τίποτα άλλο που να μπορούν να κάνουν παρά να υπακούν στις εντολές της κυβέρνησης . Βλεπω οτι με το πέρασμα του χρόνου όλο και περισσότεροι άνθρωποι παίρνουν το θέμα πιο σοβαρά.

Οι στατιστικές είναι συγκλονιστικές, Η Ευρώπη έχει πλέον περισσότερα θύματα από την Κίνα! Τα σύνορα είναι κλειστά και οι άνθρωποι είναι πανικοβλημένοι. Πανικοβάλλονται και ψωνίζουν σαν μανιακοί. Πολλοί άνθρωποι είναι ανήσυχοι και λυπημένοι με αυτή την κατάσταση, ειδικά εκείνοι που έχουν παππούδες και γονείς που είναι ηλικιωμένοι.

Αυτό που συμβαίνει είναι πρωτοφανές και έχει επηρεάσει όλους σε αυτόν τον πλανήτη. Οι άνθρωποι είναι τα πιο προσαρμόσιμα πλάσματα και υπομονή, ηρεμία και η δύναμη είναι απαραίτητη. Τα ένστικτά μας για επιβίωση και η ηρωική πλευρά πρέπει να έρχονται στην επιφάνεια.

“Perhaps catastrophe is the natural human environment, and even though we spend a good deal of energy trying to get away from it, we are programmed for survival amid catastrophe.”-  Germaine Greer  (Australian Author)