Black & white 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.

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..

Katharsis/Κάθαρση

Happy International Women’s day!

I love the word katharsis. It is derived from the Greek word ‘καθαρση’. It means a cleansing and purging of the soul. And we have seen a lot of purging lately. A purging of the truth.

In the past few years we have seen more and more people speak up and reveal their truths. Silence isn’t so golden anymore. The important and extremely necessary #metoo movement began in the U.S in 2006 by Tarana Burke. The movement finally took hold in Greece this year. Many shocking revelations about abuse and sexual harassment in the sphere of theater and sports and beyond were brought to the surface. Many people were shocked to the core. But, was it really that shocking? Didn’t everyone already know? What was shocking was that women and even men were speaking up about a very taboo and sensitive issue so publicly.

The tide has finally changed and years of misogyny and abuse is finally being discussed and dealt with. It’s not about hating men, but hating on what the terrible things that they’ve done. I believe that men are geniuses. That they are truly very talented. Not just because of their achievements like their inventions, architecture, philosophy, mathematics etc. but for the fact they, for hundreds of years, have convinced women that they are weak, inferior and stupid. That women have nothing to contribute to society. That their only contribution is to bear a man his children. That they have to get married for the purpose of serving him. This is their only purpose in life.

That is truly genius!

I’m glad that women are finally speaking out all over the world. And fighting for their rights. For equal pay for the end of violence and harassment towards women. These are truly remarkable times we are living in. Women who, in the past, would never dare call themselves feminists are now waking up and are changing their minds. Many men finally feel a sense of shame-as they should. And I am here for it!

Early Pollinator/Πρόωρος Επικονιαστής

We had unseasonable warm weather in February, prompting the bees to come out and do their work. As usual I was ready with my camera. 🙂

Είχαμε μια απροσδόκητα ζεστή εβδομάδα τον Φεβρουάριο, ωθώντας τις μέλισσες να βγουν και να κάνουν τη δουλειά τους. Ως συνήθως ήμουν έτοιμη με την κάμερα μου. 🙂

Hawk In the Sky/Γερακι στον Ουρανο

The hawk flies freely across the landscape. Flying in circles in this beautiful dry valley. I envy these birds.

I am assuming it is a hawk I am not an ornithologist 😉

Το γεράκι πετά ελεύθερα ψηλά πάνω από το ξηρό τοπίο. Πετάει και κανει κύκλους σε αυτή την όμορφη, ξηρά κοιλάδα. Ζηλεύω τα πουλιά αυτά.

Υποθέτω ότι είναι γεράκι, δεν είμαι ορνιθολόγος 😉

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

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