Photography

Beauty in the Minor Things

Καλο Μηνα! Happy new month!

I’m feeling a lot better. My arm has improved just in time because I have new creative ideas. You can’t stop me world!!

The world can be a very negative place and sometimes you can get caught up in it’s negativity. I think it’s crucial, for the sake of inner peace, to tune out some times and get closer to nature. And just notice even the small beautiful things that we normally don’t pay attention too.

When you are more peaceful inside you see a lot clearer and you do attract better things into your life. And you are much more equipped to handle anything that may come your way. 🙂

Νιώθω πολύ καλύτερα. Το χέρι μου έχει βελτιωθεί πάνω στην ώρα γιατί έχω νέες δημιουργικές ιδέες.:)

Ο κόσμος μπορεί να είναι ένα πολύ αρνητικό μέρος και μερικές φορές μπορείτε να εμπλακούμε στην αρνητικότητα. Νομίζω ότι είναι ζωτικής σημασίας, για χάρη της εσωτερικής γαλήνης, να συντονιστείτε και να έρθουμε πιο κοντά στη φύση. Και παρατηρήστε ακόμη και τα μικρά όμορφα πράγματα που συνήθως δεν προσέχουμε.

Όταν είσαι πιο ήρεμη εσωτερικα, βλέπεις πολύ πιο καθαρά και προσελκύεις καλύτερα πράγματα στη ζωή σου. Και είστε πολύ πιο εξοπλισμένοι για να χειριστείτε οτιδήποτε έρθει στη ζωη σου.

Gazanias/Γκαζανία

I love the sunny gazania flower, and I make sure to add it to my garden every year. It is native to South Africa and is named after the 15th century Greek-Italian scholar Theodorus of Gaza. It needs full sun and can handle drought conditions-perfect for Athenian summers and is very low maintenance.

Λατρεύω το ηλιόλουστο λουλούδι Γκαζανία, και φροντίζω να το προσθέτω στον κήπο μου κάθε χρόνο. Είναι εγγενές στη Νότια Αφρική και πήρε το όνομά του από τον Ελληνο-Ιταλό μελετητή του 15ου αιώνα Θεόδωρος της Γάζας. Χρειάζεται πλήρη ήλιο και μπορεί να χειριστεί τις συνθήκες ξηρασίας-ιδανικό για τα αθηναϊκά καλοκαίρια και δεν θελει πολύ συντήρηση.

No Restrictions/Χωρίς περιορισμούς

The lock down measures are slowly lifting in Greece and the rest of Europe. The cases are still high though so we are not out of the clear yet. People are understandably restless after a year of lock downs, but caution is still needed.

So in the time of loosening of restrictions I found the perfect time to fracture my right shoulder after a terrible fall. It’s been a week and I feel that I will have speedy recovery. As a result of my accident I wasn’t able to take the photographs that I would normally take this time of year. I will be publishing photographs that I have on file ready to be published.

In this terrible time of fear, negativity, sickness, and anger etc. etc. Ignore the naysayers and fearmongers and stay positive, take care of yourselves and believe in your recovery (whatever may be ailing you) and in the future. 🙂

Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient.”-Dr Steve Maraboli

Thorns/Αγκάθια

“Life is thickly sown with thorns, and I know no other remedy than to pass quickly through them. The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us”. -Voltaire

«Η ζωή σπέρνεται πυκνά με αγκάθια και δεν ξέρω άλλη θεραπεία παρά να τα περάσω γρήγορα. Όσο περισσότερο επιμένουμε στις ατυχίες μας, τόσο μεγαλύτερη είναι η δύναμή τους να μας βλάψουν». -Voltaire

Lucas In The Pot/Ο Λουκας Με’στη Γλαστρα

“Why are you disturbing me?”.
“Don’t you dare water the pots now!”.
“I miss the good old days”.

Happy first of the month! ΚΑΛΟ ΜΗΝΑ!

It’s still a bit chilly in Athens and we are still under quarantine restrictions. It was a very long and crazy winter here.

Here are a few pictures of a stray cat named Lucas who likes to sleep in the clay pot outside.

Just pondering life..

Ελευθερία ή θάνατος!/Freedom or Death!

The grave of Greek revolutionary leader Theodoros Kolokotronis at the First Cemetery in Athens.

Ελευθερία ή θάνατος! (Eleutheria e thanatos) ‘Freedom or death’. The motto that inspired the Greeks during the revolutionary wars. The revolutionary wars were fought from 1821-1830.

Today, Greeks world wide are celebrating the 200 year anniversary of Greek independence. In the 15th century the Ottoman empire invaded Greece, and as a result Greeks lots their identity, their human rights and became enslaved peoples on their own land. They were not allowed to bear arms, or own horses. Harsh taxes were imposed on the people of Greece who spent most of their days in the fields working to pay off the taxes. There were no schools, no education. As a result Greeks fell behind western Europe which was prospering, and developing at a rapid rate. Four centuries later the uprising in Greece finally took hold, and with very little help from other European nations, Greeks freed themselves from the shackles of the Ottoman Empire. After many years of trials and tribulations, after the revolution and in recent times, Greece-Ellas- has now become a beacon of light to the world as it once was.

“The Greek Revolution of 1821 as a pivotal chapter in Greek history and a piece in the puzzle of world history. “

https://www.greece2021.gr/en/

La Grèce sur les ruines de Missolonghi‘by Eugène Delacroix. French painters like Delacroix were inspired by the Greek revolution.

A stunning and moving video with photographs of reenactments of the Greeks who lived and fought during the revolutionary war. Photographer Elias Pergantis did an incredible and difficult job as it took him four years and extensive traveling all over Greece to put this together.

Χαίρε, ω χαίρε ελευθεριά! Ζήτω η Ελλάς!!


Beautiful Sky/Ομορφος Ουρανός

I rarely use filters for my photographs. I don’t really like the end result. I find the natural hues more beautiful , however sometimes a filter can enhance a photograph and make it more appealing.

Kites in the air.

Yesterday we celebrated ‘Clean Monday’ in Greece. The tradition is that we eat fish and fly kites. It is the beginning of the severe fasting leading up to Easter Sunday in May.