winter

At the Skate Rink

Ice skating has been growing in popularity these past few years in Greece. When I first came to Greece many years ago from Canada, outdoor ice rinks were no where to be found. Just looking at an ice rink brings me back to my childhood in Canada. It’s very surreal to see scenes like this in a hot country like Greece. But, it’s nice to see kids here having this experience.

Frosty Flowers

A few more photographs taken during the freak blizzard that hit Greece last week. The pictures were taken in low-light conditions because I was worried that if I waited for the strong Greek sun to come out then all of the snow would melt. Then I would have missed the opportunity to photograph the snow-covered plants. There was not much that can be done to brighten them in photoshop. So they’re not my best flower photographs to date.

Wintry Scenes/Χειμερινές Σκηνές

A few photographs of the WORST snowfall I have ever seen in Athens! The historical and very rare snowstorm named ‘Elpis’ (Hope) ravaged parts of Greece that were not accustomed to this kind of weather. There was certainly no hope for the drivers whose cars got stuck on the road.

The drivers had no choice but to leave their vehicles on the side of the road and to walk to their homes. Also, there was no hope for the drivers on the highway that were stuck for over 5 hours. Some remainded until the morning! The army had to come in to assist in the situation.

It just goes to show how powerless humans against mother nature’s wrath.

From the extreme heat in the summer to the extreme cold this winter the climate is very much wacked! I prefer the cold to the heat here in Greece, but only when I am inside 😉

Μερικές φωτογραφίες από τη ΧΕΙΡΟΤΕΡΗ χιονόπτωση που έχω δει ποτέ στην Αθήνα! Η ιστορική και πολύ σπάνια χιονοθύελλα με το όνομα «Ελπίς» κατέστρεψε μέρη της Ελλάδας που δεν ήταν συνηθισμένα σε αυτό το είδος καιρού. Σίγουρα δεν υπήρχε ελπίδα για τους οδηγούς των οποίων τα αυτοκίνητα κόλλησαν στο δρόμο.

Οι οδηγοί δεν είχαν άλλη επιλογή από το να αφήσουν τα οχήματά τους στην άκρη του δρόμου και να περπατήσουν μέχρι τα σπίτια τους. Επίσης, δεν υπήρχε ‘ελπίδα’ για τους οδηγούς στην Αττικη Οδο που έμειναν καθηλωμένοι για πάνω από 5 ώρες. Κάποιοι έμειναν μέχρι το πρωί! Έπρεπε να μπει ο στρατός για να βοηθήσει στην κατάσταση!

Απλώς δείχνει πόσο ανίσχυροι είναι οι άνθρωποι ενάντια στην οργή της μητέρας φύσης.

Από την υπερβολική ζέστη του περασμένου καλοκαιριού μέχρι το ακραίο κρύο του φετινού χειμώνα, το κλίμα έχει τρελαθεί! Προτιμώ το κρύο από τη ζέστη εδώ στην Ελλάδα, αλλά μόνο όταν είμαι μέσα 😉

Camouflage

What is this stuff??
I don’t trust it. I’ll walk slowly.

Angelo may be as white as snow, but that doesn’t mean that he is a big fan of it. It took him a while to finally step in to the snow after I let him out. He was very shocked by it as he was not used to such a snowfall.

He prefers the summer. He loves the heat and sun bathing 🙂

Frozen Plants/Παγωμενα Φυτα

Frozen Marigold
Frozen Thuja tree
Frozen Echeveria
Frozen Calla Lily

A few photographs of my frozen plants in my garden. They got the shock of their plant lives when an unusual cold snap hit Athens. So strange, especially after an unseasonably warm week more than a week ago. I hope they survive this and heal from the trauma! 😉

Μερικές φωτογραφίες των κατεψυγμένων φυτών μου στον κήπο μου. Πήραν το σοκ από τις φυτικές τους ζωές όταν ένα ασυνήθιστο ψύχος έπληξε την Αθήνα. Τόσο περίεργο, ειδικά μετά από μια απροσδόκητα ζεστή εβδομάδα πριν από μια εβδομάδα πριν. Ελπίζω να επιβιώσουν και να επουλωθούν από το τραύμα! 😉

Snow Storm Medea/Χιονοθύελλα Μήδεια

When life gives you lemons you make some lemonade. Enjoy the bitterness! Ha!!
Poor plants. Not used to this cold snap.

A historical and rare snow storm arrived in Greece this week. Such a snow fall is rare for Athens. I don’t recall seeing that much snow fall in the city in all the years that I have been living in Greece. The turbulent storm was named after the turbulent character of Medea in Ancient Greek Tragedy. A fitting name as three people lost their lives.

Due to the pandemic, most people were home and few people were out enjoying the snow-at least in my area. It was eerily quiet. A bit of a dystopian kind of vibe. But, the weather brought back memories of Toronto where I was raised. And of course I took a lot of photos 🙂