winter

Winter Is Here/Ο χειμώνας είναι εδώ

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Snow-capped mountains are not something most Athenians like to see. The next wave of snow is coming tonight and people are bracing themselves for the subzero temperatures.

Τα βουνά καλυμμένα με χιόνι δεν είναι κάτι που οι περισσότεροι Αθηναίοι ήθελαν να δουν. Το επόμενο κύμα χιονιού έρχεται απόψε και οι άνθρωποι προετοιμάζονται για τις υπό το μηδέν θερμοκρασίες .

Sky Photos/Φωτογραφίες Tου Oυρανού

Winter is here and one of the few good things about winter is the ever changing winter sky. In Greece, the sky changes a lot. Which is perfect for photography.  Great photographs of the sky can be taken right before the rain or the snow fall or immediately after. Sometimes if your lucky you will catch a rainbow!!  And who doesn’t love a rainbow? I have tons of photos of rainbows that I have neglected to put on my blog.  And of course, every photograph of the sky differs. The clouds move so quickly like rivers across the sky. The sun and its rays peaking through the clouds create a great effect. Clouds can make shapes that look like different  animals, objects and even people. It’s all about timing with sky photos and keeping one eye to the sky 😉

Ο χειμώνας είναι εδώ και ένα από τα λίγα καλά του χειμώνα, για μενα, είναι το χειμωνιάτικο ουρανό το οποιο αλλαζει σενεχως, και είναι οτι καλυτερο για φωτογραφηση. Καλες φωτογραφίες με τον ουρανού μπορεί να τραβηξη καποιος ακριβώς πριν από τη βροχή ή τη χιόνο πτώση ή αμέσως μετά. Μερικές φορές, αν εισαι τυχερός θα δεις ένα ουράνιο τόξο!! Και ποιος δεν του αρεσει να βλεπει ένα ουράνιο τόξο; Έχω πολλες φωτογραφιες που εχω τραβηξει με ουράνια τόξα τα οποια έχω αμελήσει να βάλω στο blog μου. Και φυσικά, κάθε φωτογραφία του ουρανού διαφέρει. Τα σύννεφα κινούνται τόσο γρήγορα όπως τα ποτάμια διά μέσου του ουρανού. Ο ήλιος και οι ακτίνες του κρυφοκοιτάζει μέσα από τα σύννεφα και δημιουργούν ενα ωραιο αποτέλεσμα. Τα σύννεφα μπορούν να κάνουν σχήματα που μοιάζουν με διάφορα ζώα, αντικείμενα, ακόμα και ανθρώπους. Ο σωστος συγχρονισμός παιζει μεγαλο ρολο με τις φωτογραφίες του ουρανού και να κοιτας παντα με το κεφαλη ψηλα 😉

The Longest Winter-Μακρης Χειμωνας

It’s the second week of March and the cold still lingers in Athens.  One night, the winds howled so furiously that I was kept awake throughout the night. The next day in the late afternoon it snowed!  By the time the layers of snowflakes rested on the green plants in my backyard it was already night fall. I hoped to take a nice photo with the sun shining on the snow, but it got too dark outside.  By the next afternoon the snow  had completely melted. I was lucky enough to get at least one shot of the snow flakes on a rosemary shrub.

The flowers that have blossomed on my plum tree are telling me that spring is almost here, but the new season does not brings any joy. How do we now welcome Spring after a long harsh winter? Do we forget the deaths caused by the winter storms in the U.S and Europe? What about the winter flooding in Brazil, Australia and Pakistan that caused deaths and left many people homeless. And how can we forget the catastrophic earthquake in New Zealand and now the Biblical catastrophe in Japan?  Would we be delusional be so welcoming of the new season when another catastrophe might be looming around the corner?

It has been prophesied in the Bible and other texts that events like these would happen. People don’t want to believe in the prophecies. They want to believe that they are Gods ruling the earth. But, clearly we do not rule the earth.  It can all end with a tidal wave, an earthquake or a fire.  Atlantis, according to Plato, was destroyed  in one day by floods.  It was a technologically advanced island, but the inhabitants had become greedy and arrogant.

Sound familiar?

Many people don’t believe that there was such a place, they see Atlantis as just a myth. But, as with many myths there is an underlying moral lesson. It is a ‘myth’ that warns future civilizations about the consequences of abusing power.

We have not adhered to the warning and now all we can do is prepare. Prepare for the worst.  So, grab and hold on to the tallest tree. Oh but there aren’t any-they have been burnt down. Well then, grab on to the traffic, and telephone poles when the floods come.

One kind word can warm three winter months“.  ~Japanese Proverb