τοπια των αλλων plus +


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Hello readers!  ❤  ^^’
Erietta’s latest visual commnent in one of my older entries was smashing! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Where do these new young girls come from? 🙄 To be honest, I feel the urge to assemble and post a 2nd part of «Who in The Where» only for their sake! Maybe I will do it later, for example in January or February, when I will have missed summer. Now I have stick to my schedule and to do the last of «Landscapes of others». Only that, to pay respect to the new trend, I have chosen landscapes which are not empty. Ladies and gentlemen, dear readers of my humble blog, please welcome 13 landscape shots celebrating the wild nature of Ikaria, 13 landscape shots which somewhere in their many pixels include beautiful human figures! In one of them I am included too, that was when I was young and wild enough to match the natural surroundings. Let’s see if you can spot me ^^’
Here we go! Go Ikaria! Go little poeple in the landscape! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

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P1030315 by Chris Brody, on Flickr

P1030315

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Summer 2011 by Diamantis Seitanidis, on Flickr

Summer 2011

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2potama 2 by angelos ka, on Flickr

2potama 2

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Serendipity by ilush, on Flickr

Serendipity

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You were bored because you have seen these pictures already? I promise, my next post will be more original!

Follow me up! ^^’

Eleni Ik ❤

Wednesday, September 30, 2015


Ακομα κι αλλα τοπια των αλλων


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Hello readers,

everybody is picking olives and this is going to last for many weeks. There isn’t much to say about life here, so let me go on blogging «landscape shots of others». You can read the outlines of this project in  the first part of the series. which begins with a (w) memorial gallery of my own Ikarian landscapes from the glorious past. In my previous entry I got carried away into metaphysics and escapist thoughts but I promise this time I will be more sober. No more rocks and cliffs where only eagles, hermits and crazy Ikarians would take their chances. The landscapes I chose today are smooth and reasonable, at least as smooth and reasonable as an island like Ikaria can be…  😉

The choice was made using the oh! so useful Flickr Search «Ikaria + landscape» (refresh if it doesn’t load) sorted by «relevance» giving results oh! so wonderfully untouristically random and magical almost like a crystal sphere.

Here are the 12 shots I chose: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

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This was the third dozen of my landscape shots of others chosen among the not so popular and less known pictures. I thought they deserved to be seen. We don’t live on the beach. We live inside of around these landscapes! So this is it. The fourth part which, God will, be uploaded in the New Year, is going be a surprise!i Wait and see…

to be continued…
Fascination surf

Eleni Ik ❤

Thursday December 18, 2014


κι αλλα τοπια των αλλων


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The island

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Rediscovering the mountainous secret nature of my island through a series of chosen photos of landscapes -empty landscapes, as I like to call them- taken by others. You may read the basics about this project which is going to be deployed in several blog entries, in my previous post: «the landscapes of others» . After an introductory (w) memorial gallery of my old landscape shots, that set contained popular high quality pictures of rather well known spots of Ikaria. Unlike them, however, these ones are practically unknown. They are pictures taken in obscure locations or at times of the year other than the two crowded summer months. So I suppose they were underrated because they were uninteresting to tourists. Yet, they are also quality pictures and have a lot to say about the island as it evolves through winter and summer, bad and good weather, rolling geography under dark clouds or bright blue skies. They are the unknown landscapes of others, the landscapes of us who love our island and never stop to explore it, us who live there all year long -or at least try. 😥

Eleni in IkariaThe choice was made using the oh! so useful Flickr Search «Ikaria + landscape» sorted by «relevance» giving results oh! so wonderfully and untouristically random and magical almost like a crystal sphere.

Here are the 11 shots I chose: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

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Ikaria by ASK, on Flickr

Ikaria

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_IGP1736 by Paul Lewis, on Flickr

_IGP1736

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Pezi Sunset by Tragopodaros, on Flickr

Pezi Sunset

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In the Olives lies the Income | Eleni's blog in IkariaThat was the second part of landscape photos from Ikaria with a stress on the mountainous nature of the island. The third part will be more or less in the same style. The land is closing in for winter and everybody is getting ready to pick olives …

to be continued…

Eleni Ik ❤

Monday October 27, 2014


τα τοπια των αλλων


 

You know me, I am not exactly a romantic lanscapist or an extreme preservationist. Yet I have always been always enchanted by the wild uncivilized and precapitalist 😉 mountain landscapes of my island, I have always wanted to show them and talk about them, so when I finally learned a few things about cameras in the couse of two years I took and posted many pictures in Flickr. Later, when things took a bad turn and for a while Flickr allowed only 200 photos unless we paid for our accounts, I deleted 132 photos. I did that with a lot of regret because though no one could say they were masterpieces, nevertheless they had a personal value: for me they were documents of my commitment, my puzzlement, my many surprises and discoveries. So before I start with this new project, let’s remember the brave days of 2005-2007 through this (w) gallery :

But now, ladies and gentlemen, enough with the past. Let’s see what other landscapists have done! After I have posted «τα γυμνα των αλλων» it’s time for me to blog and praise «τα τοπια των αλλων».

Splash!!!

Splash!!!

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Point K by Nana Agrimi, on Flickr

Point K

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This is only the first part of photos chosen among the so-called «popular» or more accurately, the better known ones. The second part will include lesser known pictures but more close to my heart. Wait and see…

to be continued…

Eleni Ik ❤

 

Sunday September 28, 2014


Here, Let Me Stand


Ikaria 231
Εδώ ας σταθώ. Κι ας δω κ’ εγώ την φύσι λίγο.


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mountain ash2005 says:

What a beautiful shot of a peaceful morning….

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simonsterg Pro User says:

coO0ool!
Is that mist rolling down the side of Kerkis?
How does it seem so close?

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isl_gr Pro User says:

(added notes)
the poem where the Greek title is from goes on and says something like «… in the morning hour everything looks beautiful and BIG.»

«όλα ωραία και μεγάλα…»

‘mountain ash’ did you recognize the poem and the poet?
Alexandria? sweet gay guy? eeh?

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simonsterg Pro User says:

…aha! (seeing notes) – now I feel foolish – I had wondered if you had suddenly found a telephoto…

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mountain ash2005 says:

I don’t know the poem El, but I have seen early mornings like these – mainly when I am leaving the island, so they are always poignant and very beautiful. And everything seems big, and it is impossible to believe that this is being left behind…. (I will try and find the poem now!)

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Tragopodaros says:

I am lost for words at this one; it has all of Ikaria for me….

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cheeseontaoist says:

Excellent picture, it dwarfs all my pictures of the same subject….

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angeloska says:

@ you have a sure foot ! How high up you stood there (to repeat a comment on Ikaria 233) ? Why does everything look so beautifully distorted?

@ » Εδώ ας σταθώ κι ας δω κ’ εγώ τη φύσι λίγο.

Θάλασσας του πρωϊού κι ανέφελου ουρανού

λαμπρά μαβιά και κίτρινη όχθη. Όλα

ωραία και μεγάλα φωτισμένα.

Εδώ ας σταθώ. Κι ας γελασθώ πως βλέπω αυτά

(τα είδ’ αλήθεια μια στιγμή σαν πρωτοστάθηκα)

κι όχι κ’ εδώ τες φαντασίες μου,

τες αναμνήσεις μου, τα ινδάλματα της ηδονής.»

Sooo cool El … From all the people ONLY YOU could call the poet K.P. Kavafis a «sweet gay guy» !!!

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mountain ash2005 says:

Morning Sea

Let me stop here. Let me, too, look at nature awhile.

The brilliant blue of the morning sea, of the cloudless sky,

the shore yellow; all lovely,

all bathed in light

Let me stand here. And let me pretend I see all this

(I actually did see it for a minute when I first stopped)

and not my usual day-dreams here too,

my memories, those sensual images.

Constantine P. Cavafy

I didn’t connect to Kavafis the other evening, but I should have picked it up from your comment El. Anyway, I found a translation….perhaps not an accurate one, but it still fits your picture perfectly.

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isl_gr Pro User says:

@ simonsterg : I tell you the islands are like a mountain range sunk. Didi you know? They say that the caves of the prehistoric man are now under the sea.
@ trag : it’s because your land base is in Armenistis and this is a ‘bye-bye’ picture as ‘mountain ash’ pointed out.
@cheeseontaoist : can’t beat a Lomo ! I just found myself in the right spot the right time.
@ angeloska : 1) sure have a sure foot ! What would I be doing in Ikaria if I didn’t… 2) And I’d call Seferis «fat moody guy», ok? What’s your problem?
@ mountain ash : This is one of my most very best poems ever. Kavafis was a 100% urban poet. This is the only verses he wrote about nature, that it was like a vision to him and still the most real even if it lasted for a few secs. (the translation is somehow ‘puritan’ -there should be a better one)
@ everybody : THANKS A LOT

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Tragopodaros says:

No, its much more than that for me – you have captured the heights and depths and mysteries (hidden in the folds) of the island.

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Tragopodaros says:

Yes, «puritan» is an interesting term to use about a translation, but actually, Ashy, it is possibly TOO accurate. O Trag will now be inspired to do his own…at…some…point.

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simonsterg Pro User says:

Now I know that cavemen strolled between Atheras and Kerkis, stopping off briefly to sketch a mamoth in the valley, I feel better.
But this is a side salad because…
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live translation of poetry is happening on this page!
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will it be loud and brash or louche and limpid??
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watch this space!

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Tragopodaros says:

And keep watching, as patiently as the poet.
Posted 14 months ago.

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isl_gr Pro User says:

see if you can give a close translation to the «indalmata tis idonis» (idols/visions/models of physical/sensual pleasure ?) and I’ll be down on my knees.
I *really discovered nature* an early morning long ago as I was out and escaping from a lover’s bed who I had idealized too much.

I like to think that *sweet gay guy* had probably found himself in the same situation with a boyfriend down in Alexandria in the 1910s. He left the room and *wow* what did he see? dawn in the gulf of Alexandria !

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mountain ash2005 says:

so it signifies a different kind of leaving too – but also new beginnings. We’ve all been there….

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Tragopodaros says:

Here, let me stand. Let me stand here awhile
and see for myself this natural world.
The morning sea, a cloudless sky,
the glistening blue, the yellow strand.

All so perfect, vast and bright.

Let me fool myself I see all this
(for in truth, I saw it all at once)
and not those things imagined, here:
my memories, the baubles of indulgence.

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simonsterg Pro User says:

░░░░░░░░░
loud applause
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Posted 14 months ago.

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mountain ash2005 says:

Bravo Trago!! I knew you would rise to the challenge….. You don’t disappoint, & your version far outstrips the other.
Posted 14 months ago.

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simonsterg Pro User says:

… and you posted it in the small hours… did ‘baubles of indulgence’ come in a flash or were there lots of screwed up balls of paper and empty beer bottles on the desk? Whichever, Atheras and Kerkis bow down and underwater Mammoths trumpet!
(but will girl s be satisfied??)
Posted 14 months ago.

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angeloska says:

from me too, Bravo Trago !
Posted 14 months ago.

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Tragopodaros says:

We’ll just wait for El, then.
Posted 14 months ago.

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isl_gr Pro User says:

pls make some room here friends; this is a shot taken a month ago with Trag in my mind and loaded tonight again specially for Trag. Take it *da man* and drive it to the clouds :-)) x El

Ikaria 234

P.S. *da man* or *ye da man* is an abbreviation of a friendly *you there man* (like the Greek, ρε συ). I learned it from the Africans in Athens and Pireus. Like they, so do I use it for my equals and friends to show them my affection, respect and admiration w/o sounding like a pompous *malakas*
Posted 14 months ago.

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Tragopodaros says:

Okay, thanks El that is the best gift you could give….wish I had taken this shot.

Thanks all. I did the whole thing inside half and hour, but had to wait until the wee hours to get enough peace. The baubles bit was about ten minutes and yes a few crossings out, but no screwed-up paper.

I feel like I have hijacked El’s page now…
Posted 14 months ago.

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mountain ash2005 says:

Not hijacked, just complimented.
Posted 14 months ago.

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angeloska says:

complimented indeed – because El doesn’t like garbidge and wrecked cars unless they are piled or parked orderly, or I don’t know how, like in:
www.flickr.com/photos/isl_gr/96890349/
Posted 14 months ago.

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isl_gr Pro User says:

no, no, it’s ok. It’s just that I didn’t have a boy brother. But I can understand the art in *broken dolls on piles of rags* very well.
Posted 14 months ago.

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Peppetta says:

Mount Atheras: the cloud maker.
I rimember in a perfect blue sky day the clouds appear on the top of the highest peak, coming from nowhere.
A kind of magic?
Posted 13 months ago.

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isl_gr Pro User says:

*the early bird catches the worm*
(missed you Pep; I was looking through your favorite pics just yeasterday. Very Good taste and not too much *glamour photography* -though an Italian -lol)
Posted 13 months ago.

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Peppetta says:

I misssssed you too El
thank you dear but …what a shame! there are too much naked women pictures in my favorites!
Posted 13 months ago.

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isl_gr Pro User says:

Oh, I didn’t mind ‘Pep’. I’m not going to make a scene on you here ((in front of all the people). Let’s just stand and watch the nature, as the poet suggests, shall we?
Posted 13 months ago.

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Peppetta says:

I LIKE nature!

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after a yellow goat pested land, you give us sapphires! your favorite gems and colors -:))

Tuesday July 31, 2007 – 11:44pm (EEST) Remove Comment

Ωραία τα ζαφείρια, αλλά πειράζει που ο Καβάφης κι εγώ δεν τα πάμε καλά;

Wednesday August 1, 2007 – 06:37pm (EEST)


Dawn is a Child


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antonis. Pro User says:

wow! have to buy a new screen, high resolution, billions of colours to enjoy this shot..!
Posted 10 months ago.

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simonsterg Pro User says:

and if that was taken on 4th July… (Hello!, by the way) you were up early in the morning. Or up late at night – – – no, I think you had sprung out of bed early and rushed with your camera to point it in direction asia…?
(tag added: ‘not that concealed though»)
Posted 10 months ago.

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grrlscout Pro User says:

Beautiful.
Posted 10 months ago.

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isl_gr Pro User says:

@ ‘antonis.s’ : Thank you -:)) Such comment coming from a photogapher in B&W is worth 10 from photographers in colour.
@ ‘simonsterg’ : welcome back! (I heard all about in ‘tragopodaros’ space). Well, yes, taken on July 4th (!) 2005 with my friend Nana’s camera which looks like a spaceship and behaves like one ! I’m sure one day she will invent a special camera with an automatic setting : «Greek light» . My achievement is that I know where to look and of course that I wake up early. There are so many «Aegean sunrises», 90% of them shots on the way back from nightclubs, tokens and souvenirs of good night outings. But this was a fresh, fully awake shot taken on purpose. So, yes, the beauty here did not remain concealed and thank you for the tag.
@ ‘grrlscout’ : x x x and in sung verse: ‘Here comes the sun… li-da di-la. Here comes the sun… ooh…»
Posted 10 months ago.

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angeloska says:

warm congrats -:))
*εξ ανατολης το φως* (= the light comes form the East) Do you know this old saying? That’s how I’d name this; but you know best and your title is the most appropriate and I wish the best for you and… and… and.
Posted 10 months ago.

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psalakanthos Pro User says:

This amazing picture reminded me of my first morning on the island, but dawn was hardly this rosy-fingered!
ikaria_sunrise
Posted 10 months ago.

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alk_is says:

I like its calmness, the so many tones of colours, the reflections on the water. Very good!
Posted 10 months ago.

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isl_gr Pro User says:

*ροδοδακτυλος αυγη*
πω πω πω -ευχαριστω Ψαλακανθε! Πιος το ειπε πρωτος αυτο; Ο Ομηρος;
@ ‘alk_is’ : thank you! I somehow felt I had to post this as well as the other my latest «coastal dawns». I had to pay back for the theatening «thalassographs» (see set) of last winter -all dark green and grey and mauve and violent. Not that I didn’t like them. It was thrilling but I had to pay back.
Posted 10 months ago.

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psalakanthos Pro User says:

βεβαίως, Ελ!
Posted 10 months ago.

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Leda_Greece Pro User says:

υπεροχο τοπιο!! you’ve got the eye for photos like these!
Posted 10 months ago.

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ionk Pro User says:

great blues!
Posted 10 months ago.

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Nikos K says:

Μερικές φορές είμαστε στ’ αλήθεια τυχεροί
Η φύση ζωγραφίζει ανεπανάληπτα…
Posted 9 months ago.

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PhilipCy Pro User says:

I like the yellow reflection on the water…….!!!!
Posted 9 months ago.

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isl_gr Pro User says:

@ ‘Leda’ : αχ Ληδακι δεν ειναι τα ματια μου αλλα τα ποδια μου που θελω σαν αλογο να τρεξω εξω νωρις
@ ‘ionk’ : the blues indeed!
@ ‘NikosK’ : ως Ικαριοτης σιγουρα γνωριζεις οτι ημαστε κοματι της φυσης και κατα βασει ημαστε κ εμεις ζωγραφισμενοι ετσι -αν αφησουμε τον εαυτο μας ελευθερο κτλ. κτλ. … καλα δεν λεω;
@ ‘PhilipCy’ : thank you :-)) Funny coincidence: I am thinking of Cyprus these days.
Posted 9 months ago.

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Leda_Greece Pro User says:

hi hon!!
btw, been absent for a while, sorry cant write much-tendonitis on right hand+arm…-4 weeks off
Posted 9 months ago.

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PhilipCy Pro User says:

Εγώ δεν έχω επισκεφθεί ελληνικά νησιά…..δυστυχώς, μόνο Κέρκυρα έχω πάει και αυτό πριν πάρα πολλά χρόνια……….και ο λόγος η ταλαιπωρία των πλοίων και ελληνικών λιμανιών…………αλλά αποφάσισα πως τα Χριστούγεννα και το Πάσχα θα κατέβω σε κάποιο ελληνικό νησί αεροπορικώς. Σε ποιά νησιά υπάρχει αεροδρόμιο? Μπορείτε να με βοηθήσετε σε αυτό? Ελπίζω να απαντήσει κάποιος.))))))
Posted 9 months ago.

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ionk Pro User says:

Philip, όλα τα μεγάλα νησιά έχουν αεροπόρτι, τουλάχιστον 2-3 καθημερινές συνδέσεις με Αθήνα!
Posted 9 months ago.

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PhilipCy Pro User says:

Πολύ ωραία …….τελικά είμαι ούφο ))))))))))
Posted 9 months ago.

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isl_gr Pro User says:

oh don’t worry; we have UFO-ports as well; open 24-hours. On earlier notice, we may also provide service for other than the known 4 dimensions.

muchos filakia -x- to Cyprus
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alk_is says:

πανεμορφο τοπιο!
I wanted to underline the beauty of the mountains on the center end of the horizon, the colours on the shade of the mountain in front, through some notes, but didn’t want to spoil it the slightest!
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angeloska says:

did you read that, you, our Ikarian Cezanne?
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isl_gr Pro User says:

I read it and I am glad that after many months and so many tzsuper photographers coming in Flickr, I still get feedback.
Posted 8 days ago.

Tags: γενικές-λήψεις, general-takes, summer-2007, srd | Edit Tags Thursday July 19, 2007 – 01:00pm (PDT) Edit | Delete

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‘Early-waker», this photo is so shiny and full of color as it was back then, the happy moments with you in Ikaria and in Flickr. «Dawn is a Child» -who would argue there is truth is commonplaces?

(btw do you wake up so early now?)

Friday July 20, 2007 – 10:37pm (EEST)


Ζeppelin «IKARIA» with many propellers & forested with Oaks


I don’t want another stupid war for oil
and
I don’t want nuclear plants around the Aegean
and
I don’t want oil tanker and gas pipeline games
and
I don’t want climate change.
Yes, it’s true that I want my computer and my refridgerator to work all the time while I am in Ikaria so that I’m able to work and live a normal life.
but
on the other hand, though I like wind turbines,
fog on Atheras in Ikaria
I don’t Ikaria to become a large aeolian factory!

No, I am NOT giving my beloved wild mountain ridge to crazy capitalist profiteers profit who will flatten it with roads and building sites and turn it into a desert of rubble and gravel threatening to slide down on our heads.
I had always wished my island to belong to a larger network of something. I never wanted it to be *an isolated primitive paradise*. Oh, no !

I want everybody to be able to enjoy the benefits of electricity. But if this is going to destroy our lives, we’d better go back to oil lamps!

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I could accept five or seven or even twelve towers, but I say a big NO to 110 wind turbines on mt Atheras!
NEVER!!! NEVER!!! NEVER!!!

καλή σας ημέραν.....




But in the worse case, if those profiteers and prospectors actually come and we are unable to stop them because we are small and few, it’s ok, let them make a mess of the mountain -the source of our life. Let them have a big party on it’s back and break its bones… ‘Cause I know it’ll all be a cheat deal and half of their turbines will fall down
(like in the final scene of Kakogiannis’ film «Zorba the Greek» -remember?).
What ever it is, let them try it!..
When the party is over, me and my children and my friends (and others we will make on the way) …

…. we will camp under the wrecks of those gigantic power towers and ….


my forested airship Ikaria

*PLANT 100.000 OAK ACORNS* !
*100.000 βελανίδια* !
See you there whenever…
Meanwhile…

Gopetition: 'IΚΑΡΙΑ: ΥΠΟΓΡΑΦΟΥΜΕ ΚΑΤΑ ΤΩΝ 110 ΑΝΕΜΟΓΕΝΝΗΤΡΙΩΝ' (in Greek) - Ikaria: we sign against the 110 wind turbines

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Signed!
These mountains are for dancing: Dance & Save Atheras Ikaria 01

Signed for very serious reasons!

Balancing rock in ammoudia plateau, mt. Atheras, Ikaria

Signed! See you on the mountain!

Signed, of course. That project is too scary!

Thank you, everybody, for flying on my zeppelin!
I am sorry that this post was so unbalanced and cracky…