Garden photography

Frosty Rose/ Παγωμενο Τριανταφυλλο

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A ‘cool’ photo of a rose kissing snow (love this shade of pink) with a two layered background, rose stems and bokeh. I didn’t expect a good result from this shot.  Photography is magic 😉

Ένα τριαντάφυλλο που φιλάει το χιόνι. Λατρεύω αυτή τη σκιά του ροζ. Με δύο στρώματα φόντου,  τριαντάφυλλα και bokeh. Δεν περίμενα ένα καλό αποτέλεσμα από αυτό το πλάνο. Η φωτογραφία είναι μαγική 😉

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Winter Blast/Χιονοθυελλα

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The sunny morning after the rare snowstorm in Athens was a great opportunity to capture a few shots.

Η ηλιόλφανεια το πρωί μετά τη σπάνια χιονοθύελλα στην Αθήνα ήταν μια μεγάλη ευκαιρία για να τραβήξω μερικες φωτωγραφιες.

Happy 2019!/ Ευτυχισμένο το 2019

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Happy New Year! May the new year bless everyone with love, good health, and prosperity.

It was a very rainy and windy New years eve here in Athens, but the weather didn’t stop the beautiful fireworks display from happening all over the city.

I am very glad to let 2018 go as it was a very challenging year for, not only myself, but for the whole world.  I am so thankful for this blog as it has helped me remain motivated and focused on my creative pursuits. Thank goodness for creativity!

The world can seem so dark,and life can be such a disappointment sometimes; people can be so cruel, but the beauty of art and nature balances it all out.

Stay strong no matter what the new year may bring. 🙂

 

 

Bee Happy/Μια μέλισσουλα

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It’s these little things, like a bee resting on a leaf, that we should all appreciate. It made me smile that day. 🙂

Είναι αυτά τα μικρά πράγματα, όπως μια μέλισσα που στηρίζεται σε ένα φύλλο που όλοι πρέπει να εκτιμήσουμε. Με έκανε να χαμογελάσω εκείνη την ημέρα. 🙂

 

CARNATIONS & PANSIES/ Γαρύφαλλα & Πανσέδες

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“There is no pain so great as the memory of joy in present grief.” Aeschylus

“Grief is never something you get over. You don’t wake up one morning and say, ‘I’ve conquered that; now I’m moving on.’ It’s something that walks beside you every day. And if you can learn how to manage it and honour the person that you miss, you can take something that is incredibly sad and have some form of positivity.” Terri Irwin

Basil Flowers/λουλούδια βασιλικού

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The ‘basil’ plant from the Greek βασιλικόν φυτόν (basilikón phutón) and from Latin, basilius, means “royal/kingly plant”.

It is a plant that is used in many cuisines all over the world.  It plays a big role in many religions and ceremonies for the dead in different culutres. In the Greek Orthodox religion, and other Orthodox churches in the Balkins, basil is used to sprinkle holy water to cleanse a home. In India it is place in the mouth to help the deceased person reach God. The ancient Egyptians and Greeks believed it would open the gates of heaven for a person passing on.

When the plant flowers you can collect the seeds and plant them in the spring.

Pomegranate Harvest/Συγκομιδή του Ροδιού

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It’s October which means it’s time for some pomegranate picking. This delicious fruit originated in Iran and Northern India and has been cultivated in Greece since ancient times. It is a fruit that is very significant in Greek culture and mythology. In ancient Greece the fruit was called  the ‘fruit of the dead’. It is the fruit of Persephone, who was trapped in the underworld was only allowed to eat Pomegranate seeds.  Interesting enough the pomegranate is still associated with the dead. In Greece today the seeds are  included in a dish called ‘Kolliva’. This dish is served on the day of the memorials of the deceased or on religious events like ‘Soul Saturday.’ It contains ingredients such as wheat, flour, sugar, raisins, walnuts etc.

The pomegranate fruit is also symbolic of abundance, fertility and good luck. It is categorized as a berry and it has anti-inflammatory effects, it can lower blood pressure and many other ailments. You can drink it as a juice or just eat the seeds.

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.