The Who in The Where (1)


____Ikaria - friends make the best view
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This was worked in a team of friends, and a team of friends was accordingly chosen to feature as an introductory image. Now that it’s raining over the island and the frenzy over the gardens and the olives has stopped for a while, we found the time to compose a small gallery of beautiful, meaningful faces from the summer months as well as the winter. It was time we got over the shyness. The wild landscapes are thrilling but let’s show some people too -and from as close as possible. After all, Ikaria is, was and will be *an inhabited land*. In spite of its ruggedness and lack of resources, for reasons that are of the moment to discuss, the island is always and ever

settled and re-settled

Friends to hike

colonized and re-colonized

themis_ioanna (2) themis_ioanna 'Ole Suromanis

visited and re-visited

ΙΚΑΡΙΩΤΗΣ Daddy's girl

beloved and re-loved

Hey dude, what year is the next bus to Rahes? kat pool

acted and re-acted

Le repos de l' artiste Yorgos and the Lentisk Portrait in Tomatoes

populated

freestyle bodysurf x20

peopled

Ikaria Armenistis x20

worked

x23 x21 the biggest digger-man

and

x23 x21 Θέα

enjoyed

Untitled x20

What do these faces have in common? What do their eyes say? I am afraid I can’t tell you. Perhaps I am too close to the subject to be able to express an opinion. And the others of the team weren’t any help either. While choosing photos we ended up telling stories and gossiping. So no deep cool thoughts; only deep warm eyes; and smiles.

Gallery: On the Harmful Effects of Wine ☺ x14 Dance & Save Atheras Ikaria 17 collect sweet herbs
girl #1 Tales under the oak tree (4) Eliana girl #2

 Any Place She Is Happy Is A Home Ikarian, The 93 yrs Hermes Of Aventura

all green inside Summer Velvet

But because I am Eleni and I must absolutely make a pondering statement :), I will quote the words of our friend Nana who always drops the wisest cues. While looking through the material, she said:

This is us. If it is to starve and die, we’d rather starve and die by ourselves than starve and die with someone else’s help.

If you ever visit our island, you may have the chance to understand what she meant.

Red J in the Sun by angeloska, on Flickr Learning simple greek phrases Sharing Radi (A VIII) The Seychellians 2

New Year's Eve inside the Watermill in Amalos7 γυναικών με φιλακι Σταματησ Stamatis Άννα

Sharing Radi (A V) Marianina and the Strawberry tree Kampos 2

Old Man Ikaria 091 Couple in Nas by Dementia, on Flickr

Carnival just over DSC_0064 Untitled DSC_0121

DSC_0625 copy Cuties

All images blogged here, open directly on the photographers’ own spaces in Flickr and they are copyrighted. These photographers are © angeloska © andzer © Apollonios © Γκαέλ © egotoagrimi © electron just © Gin Chil  © isl_gr © karstalipp © Karl Hauser © 2Lauran © leon_eye © mac13 © manuel’s photos © mountain ash © nicote © Thalia Nouarou © themis_ioanna © ikarianlad 

but there are portraits by others as well. I hope that you like the choice. Doesn’t it all, though so different, meet the professional? The material we have browsed was easily found in Flickr, filed in «Ikaria + portrait«, «Ikaria + face«, «Ikaria + girl«, «Ikaria + boy« etc. leaving out, needless to say, souvenir shots taken by tourists and showing tourists. The faces in our collection are endemic or claiming endemicity.

As we were editing, somebody in the team said that we should later also upload a gallery of hands. His motive was two up-to-the point comments in this blog. I also thought it’s a great idea. Hands too have a lot to say about our identity.

How nice and *aerated* it is in the island!

Another winter has started.

Eleni in Ikaria



p.s. Unless something exceptional appears, there are no blog reviews for the time being. Winter is no good for
fishing.

Fisher Lady

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Blog Review Ikaria 2008-2011 # 3


I am very interested in reading personal accounts about my island. To keep in touch with the place, media is good but there’s nothing like reading actual people’s impressions and looking at their photos.

This is the second part of the list of blog entries about Ikaria that I like. As I said in the forenote of the first part, my ambition was to review, not just blogroll, so I wrote a few words about each blog entry and I picked out pictures and quotes. These quotes I sometimes hid “behind the pictures”.  Move your mouse over to read them.

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The first selected entry of this part is by an American again, Lauren Carpenter (aka «Carpe Diem» in WordPress or «Magnis Libris» in Flickr) from San Francisco, a Pilgrim & Raconteur to her own words, who in 2007  embarked on grand adventure which was inspired by reading the Great Books. She began with an attempt to learn Greek on a little island in the Aegean Sea…

I like Lauren because she focuses on language as well as photography, also because she has a great sense of humor, not that «tourist sense of humor» which is so often ironic but a genuine traveller’s wit, so necessary when someone hits the road for knowledge. Many people think that Greek is a gate to it, so Lauren headed to Ikaria and followed a four-week course of Greek at the Ikarian Centre in the village of Arethousa.

The photos above are from  her Flickr stream. They also appear in her blog illustrating several Ikaria related entries of which I select:

A Brief History of Ikaria (read about the old Ikarian sense of habitation)

Hiking Raches  (read the story of the hiking accident!)

The Hijinx & Hilarity of Learning Greek (Good morning. Yadda yadda yadda yadda! )

Perilous Pronunciations (This is my favourite. Very hilarious! Must read. I can tell you, gaffes like these happen to Greek language beginners all the time!)

Thank you Lauren. Come again!  Hi

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How could I go past blog entries about Ikaria in German? After all it was the Germans who first discovered Ikaria in the 1970s. There must be something of romanticism of Goethe  in the island, it can’t be explained otherwise. I can read German but if you can’t you may still admire the photos.

  Among hundreds of pages about Greece Theo dedicates three blog entries to Ikaria. He writes about roads, landscape, politics, dogs, goats, development, under-developement, dancing, music… to leave out the numerous subjects discussed in the comments! It’s Theopedia alright.
So lesen sie,
 

Auf wiedersehen Theo und viel dank. Hi May the spirit of Inselreisender Ludvig Ross -with his hat, glasses and long pipe- guide you to travel and share.

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(By the way, readers, Ross was the imminent acheologist and traveller who, if luck had helped when he visited Ikaria in 1842, he might have saved the Temple of Artemis in Nas from being demolished.)

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For final of this part of reviews I chose a subject that some would say it doesn’t fit. But I am the reviewer and I think it does. After all my best friend likes it. That subject is surfing!

http://waterwalls.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/header11.jpg

Waterwalls magazine dedicates several entries to Ikaria.

Dedalos would be proud!

ikaria2  ikaria6  ikaria5

Good vibes, good times.

ikariasurf9  ikariasurf7  ikariasurf3

“I stood up man!!” about the local watersport school «Nalu Boys« (why only boys?..)

lesson0125  lesson0150

I couldn’t help copying a few photos from that  local site. They are so good!..

http://thenaluboysen.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/picture-097.jpg  http://thenaluboysen.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/finn1.jpg

http://thenaluboysen.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/lesson0188.jpg

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Have a safe rest of winter. They told me it was snowing on my island today…
Thank you
See you next month or sooner.

phew


Blog Review Ikaria 2008-2011 # 2


I am very interested in reading personal accounts about my island. To keep in touch with the place, media is good but there’s nothing like reading actual people’s impressions and looking at their photos.

This is the second part of the list of blog entries about Ikaria that I like. As I said in the forenote of the first part, my ambition was to review, not just blogroll, so I wrote a few words about each blog entry and I picked out pictures and quotes. These quotes I sometimes hid “behind the pictures”.  Move your mouse over to read them.

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The first selected entry of this part is by Evan from Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA

who is Just Riding His Bike, and this is not a figure of speech. During the three spring months of 2009 Evan was really riding his bike around Turkey. Then he crossed to the Greek islands and found a Paradise on Ikaria.

This wouldn’t be news if Evan (or his friend Isa) wasn’t a cool photographer! I had seen his photos in Flickr but as the ones from Turkey and Ikaria were the earliest, when he reached the 200 pic limit, they disappeared from his photostream. Fortunately, a few of them were saved as favorites by other Flickr members, friends of mine. Anyway, to cut it short, here they are:

 
 
That was all from biking Milwaukee Evan. Hi Thanks heavens, we saved that much and it wasn’t bad at all.
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If you found Evan’s Ikarian entry and photos unnoteworthy, what will you think about the next one which is lo o o o ng, plentiful and Greek!?
unfair
Κυριες και κυριοι σας παρουσιαζω το μπλογκ του Ροβιθε
και τις πληθωρικες καταχωρησεις του με label «Ικαρια« που ειναι αφηγηματα και δοκιμια και πλακες και ποιηματα και πολιτικα και εχουν attitude και τα λατρευω, μονο που δεν εχω παντα τον χρονο να τα διαβαζω… Στις καταχωρησεις εχει ενα σωρο ωραιες φωτογραφιες. Διαλεξα αυτη…
… και φευγω γρηγορα απ’ το καριωτικο κολλημα του Ροβιθε γιατι πρεπει να συνεχισω. Να’ναι καλα και καλη πατριδα!
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The next selected blog entry is also by a Greek in Greek.

unfair

(But there are a lot of photos!)

Ειναι το «Φωτογραφιες απο την Ικαρια« (2009) απο το πολυ γνωστο μπλογκ aformi.gr. Η καταχωρηση υπογραφεται απο τον Αγγελο Κ. και εχει ως προθυρο αυτη τη φωτογραφια

Εχω φυλαξει και επελεξα αυτη τη καταχωρηση γιατι μου αρεσε το εισαγωγικο σημειωμα. Ο φωτογραφος δεν κανει τουριστικες ληψεις, ουτε φωτογραφιζει τοπια, αλλα κανει κατι που φαινεται πως ξερει καλα. Κανει  «φωτογραφια δρομου» αλλα φωτογραφια δρομου στις διακοπες του στην εξοχη, δηλαδη εδω, στην Ικαρια.

Εξηγει:

«Κοιτάζοντας τις φωτογραφίες διακοπών μου πάντοτε είχα (και έχω) την εντύπωση ότι πολλές από αυτές μοιάζουν πολύ με καρτ ποστάλ, τους λείπει η αυθεντική συγκίνηση, η ανεπιτήδευτη προσέγγιση της ομορφιάς της φύσης. Γιατί;

Γιατί σαν άνθρωπος της πόλης η σχέση μου με τη φύση είναι εξωτερική, αποστασιοποιημένη, χωρίς βάθος. Όλα εκκινούν και τελειώνουν στην απλή (και εντελώς επιφανειακή) διαπίστωση της «ομορφιάς» της (και πάλι σε εισαγωγικά!). Πέραν τούτου ουδέν: δεν υπάρχει τίποτα άλλο για να κινητοποιήσει το νου, να υπάρξει ένας συνειρμός που να βαθαίνει στον εσωτερικό κόσμο ή στη θεώρηση του «εξωτερικού κόσμου».

Ακόμα και όταν εμφανίζονται τέτοιες σκέψεις γρήγορα βυθίζονται στην κοινοτοπία. Τα «γαρούφαλλα του δειλινού» μπορούν να σε χαλαρώσουν μέχρι βαθμού αποχαύνωσης, όχι όμως να σε κινητοποιήσουν, να σε συνεγείρουν, να σε αλλάξουν (τίποτα, φυσικά, κακό στο χαλάρωμα!).

Το αντίθετο συμβαίνει με το αστικό τοπίο: η θέα της ασχήμιας των πολυκατοικιών, ο ζητιάνος στο δρόμο, το πλήθος που κινείται σιωπηλά στις πολύβουες λεωφόρους, τα μποτιλιαρισμένα αυτοκίνητα, οι άστεγοι στα παγκάκια, όλα σε αναγκάζουν να σκεφτείς, να στοχαστείς, να αντιδράσεις, να συζητήσεις, να διαφωνήσεις.

Καθόλου τυχαία λοιπόν, οι περισσότερες φωτογραφίες που θα δείτε μοιάζουν με φωτογραφίες δρόμου! Είναι ενσταντανέ άγνωστων σε μένα ανθρώπων στην παραλία.»

Βρισκω τη προσεγγιση του πολυ ειλικρινη και αμεση και την επικροτω. Ο Μεγαλος Ανθρωπινος Δρομος το καλοκαιρι περναει και απο παραλιες και βουνα. Ζητω ο δρομος! Ζητω οι ανθρωποι! Ζητω κι οι διακοπες! Μακαρι να ηταν για παντα.

Σας δειχνω μια επιλογη απο φωτογραφιες:

(πηγη: picasaweb © Angel kkakmisa)

     
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Thank you bloggers!
Thank you readers!
See you next month or sooner.

phew


Timelined Datamined


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My photos from Ikaria in http://flickrhivemind.net

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I am not a ‘Flickr Pro’ anymore, I have to say, so they are only 200. The rest are inside this blog. I love them all, you love them too, and I am happy you do!

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Ikaria 274 (isl_gr (Mnesterophonia)) Tags: waterfall hiking beautyconcealed ikaria icaria  aegean may trails replacement fairies hikingikaria  chalares     angelolivada angelspool  Ikaria 198 (isl_gr (Mnesterophonia)) Tags: back ikaria aegean replacement pebbles greece dos photoshoped  waterdreams
Ikaria 157 (isl_gr (Mnesterophonia)) Tags: blue mountain squall island hiking ikaria  aegean trails replacement greece patmos hikingikaria  caria  atheras top20greece  Ikaria 068 (isl_gr (Mnesterophonia)) Tags: red mountain tree island ikaria aegean replacement greece blogged ferns hawthorn medicinalplant crataegusmonogyna crataegus hikingikaria atheras perdiki
Ikaria 170 (isl_gr (Mnesterophonia)) Tags: beach reeds island sand solitude hiking ikaria  aegean trails experiment replacement greece signage kampos hikingikaria  caria  trailoftheelves voutsides  Ikaria 193 (isl_gr (Mnesterophonia)) Tags: beach girl island beautyconcealed ikaria icaria  aegean experiment replacement heavymetal greece bodysurfing waterdreams meltemi messakti
Ikaria 213 (isl_gr (Mnesterophonia)) Tags: 2003 island hiking beautyconcealed ikaria aegean replacement canyon greece hiker z canyoning nas twistedankle   rivertrekking chalares   Ikaria 278 (isl_gr (Mnesterophonia)) Tags: hiking beautyconcealed ikaria icaria aegean trails replacement greece hiker z nas hikingtrails  hikingikaria  chalares  aegeanislands top20greece
Ikaria 008 (isl_gr (Mnesterophonia)) Tags: flower ikaria replacement blogged wildflower candytuft iberis   ikarianenigma natura2000 plagia iberisrunemarkii runemark  runemark  Ikaria 047 (isl_gr (Mnesterophonia)) Tags: archaeology sign hiking hunting ikaria icaria trails greece diane artemis nas  hikingikaria    taurobolium
Ikaria 280 (isl_gr (Mnesterophonia)) Tags: june shower waterfall hiking ikaria trails replacement v hiker  hikingikaria  waterdreams chalares noshampoo manganesedioxide   Ikaria 312 (isl_gr (Mnesterophonia)) Tags: june shower waterfall hiking beautyconcealed ikaria trails replacement greece v hiker oleander  hikingikaria  waterdreams chalares oliander noshampoo  angelolivada geniiloci manganesedioxide angelspool  dipotama
Ikaria 030 (isl_gr (Mnesterophonia)) Tags: ikaria experiment replacement nana swimmers stavros bathers kampos    Inside my spicy gemtlich yurt (isl_gr (Mnesterophonia)) Tags: camping beautyconcealed ikaria aegean replacement tent greece hiker calypso gemtlich theisland  freecamping wildcamping freedomcamping    munghal
Experiment 1 (isl_gr (Mnesterophonia)) Tags: beach boat sand solitude ikaria icaria aegean experiment replacement greece tricolor kampos     Ikaria 323 (isl_gr (Mnesterophonia)) Tags: winter beach sand beautyconcealed ikaria icaria aegean experiment replacement footprints kampos ege   top20greece
Ikaria 217 (isl_gr (Mnesterophonia)) Tags: beach ikaria icaria aegean replacement greece topless nana blogged samos   drakanon kerkis      Ikaria 001 (isl_gr (Mnesterophonia)) Tags: winter bw ikaria  january aegean replacement amorgos     ikariansea atheras   ysplixblack
Ikaria 003 (isl_gr (Mnesterophonia)) Tags: pool architecture ikaria  replacement swimmingpool deforestation pezi desertification ikarianenigma landerosion  winterearlymorninglight  Ikaria 004 (isl_gr (Mnesterophonia)) Tags: water girl architecture hair concrete colours ikaria  replacement thirst nas mane cistern cistus waterreservoir  flamingmane blistercopper
Ikaria 005 (isl_gr (Mnesterophonia)) Tags: chimney house architecture beautyconcealed ikaria  aegean replacement greece theisland  cypres hikingtrails hikingikaria  canyonwind geniiloci top20greece  Ikaria 007 (isl_gr (Mnesterophonia)) Tags: winter rock ikaria replacement wave blogged  armenistis strefonion  valaoritis
Ikaria 011 (isl_gr (Mnesterophonia)) Tags: girl hair beautyconcealed ikaria  aegean replacement greece mane theisland   geniiloci chercherlafemme flamingmane top20greece blistercopper   Ikaria 006 (isl_gr (Mnesterophonia)) Tags: winter rain fog ikaria  replacement nas  chalares
Ikaria 260 (isl_gr (Mnesterophonia)) Tags: november hiking beautyconcealed ikaria icaria  trails replacement greece hawthorn pyracantha crataegusmonogyna crataegus firethorn pyracanthus hikingikaria   pyracanthacoccinea atheras  calendar2008 scarletfirethorn   greekfirethorn   Ikaria 070 (isl_gr (Mnesterophonia)) Tags: christmas winter house mountain architecture island peace hiking ikaria  replacement greece crib manger stable nativity habitation hikingikaria   atheras    theoktisto gerontokamara
Ikaria 311 (isl_gr (away on an odyssey)) Tags: ferry ikaria aegean replacement greece boattrip  meltemi    Ikaria 096 (isl_gr (Mnesterophonia)) Tags: ikaria icaria  aegean replacement greece kampos messaria evdilos atheras trailoftheelves perameria antimykonos
Ikaria 277 (isl_gr (away on an odyssey)) Tags: architecture boat ikaria icaria  aegean replacement fishingboat gialiskari     Ikaria 194 (isl_gr (Mnesterophonia)) Tags: cat felicia snake ikaria icaria  aegean replacement serpent viper
Ikaria 035 (isl_gr (Mnesterophonia)) Tags: girl island beautyconcealed ikaria icaria  aegean replacement nana theisland armenistis   strefonion geniiloci strefnorion  Ikaria 064 (isl_gr (Mnesterophonia)) Tags: mountain waterfall hiking beautyconcealed ikaria  trails replacement greece gorge fairies nas hikingikaria  waterdreams  caria  chalares  wildshots  angelolivada geniiloci chercherlafemme
Ikaria 143 (isl_gr (away on an odyssey)) Tags: bw mountain island hiking beautyconcealed ikaria  aegean trails horns greece picasso devil tolkien equinox theisland hikingikaria  caria geniiloci ysplixblack  Ikaria 089 (isl_gr (Mnesterophonia)) Tags: river island beautyconcealed ikaria aegean replacement greece hiker  geniiloci caria
Ikaria 090 (isl_gr (away on an odyssey)) Tags: river island beautyconcealed ikaria aegean replacement september greece hiker  chalares caria dipotama  Ikaria 284 (isl_gr (away on an odyssey)) Tags: freedom waves beautyconcealed ikaria icaria aegean replacement september actionshot ege  waterdreams meltemi
Ikaria 191 (isl_gr (away on an odyssey)) Tags: island freedom waves beautyconcealed ikaria icaria aegean replacement september greece actionshot  waterdreams meltemi  Ikaria 180 (isl_gr (away on an odyssey)) Tags: island freedom waves beautyconcealed ikaria aegean replacement september greece actionshots  waterdreams meltemi  caria
Ikaria 046 (isl_gr (away on an odyssey)) Tags: island freedom waves beautyconcealed ikaria aegean replacement september greece actionshot  waterdreams meltemi caria  Ikaria 088 (isl_gr (away on an odyssey)) Tags: bareback island freedom waves beautyconcealed ikaria aegean replacement september greece actionshot  waterdreams meltemi caria
Ikaria 091 (isl_gr (away on an odyssey)) Tags: island freedom waves beautyconcealed ikaria aegean replacement september greece actionshot  waterdreams meltemi caria  Ikaria 090 (isl_gr (away on an odyssey)) Tags: island freedom waves beautyconcealed ikaria icaria aegean replacement september greece actionshot  waterdreams meltemi
 Ikaria 208 (isl_gr (away on an odyssey)) Tags: island freedom waves beautyconcealed ikaria icaria aegean replacement september actionshot  waterdreams meltemi  Ikaria 037 (isl_gr (away on an odyssey)) Tags: ikaria icaria  island aegean waterdreams actionshot freedom waves meltemi beautyconcealed september replacement
Ikaria 212 (isl_gr (away on an odyssey)) Tags: bareback freedom waves beautyconcealed ikaria icaria aegean replacement september actionshot  waterdreams meltemi icarie   Ikaria 087 (isl_gr (away on an odyssey)) Tags: felicia island freedom waves beautyconcealed ikaria aegean replacement september greece actionshot  waterdreams meltemi caria
Ikaria 285 (isl_gr (away on an odyssey)) Tags: rocks hiking papas beautyconcealed ikaria icaria  aegean trails ege karkinagri hikingikaria     mavri  geniiloci  Ikaria 266 (isl_gr (away on an odyssey)) Tags: sheep hiking ikaria icaria  trails limestone bunuel theisland   atheras
Ikaria 265 (isl_gr (away on an odyssey)) Tags: hiking tail beautyconcealed ikaria icaria  aegean trails lizard greece signage balisage hikingikaria     greentailedlizard  Ikaria 261 (isl_gr (away on an odyssey)) Tags: hiking beautyconcealed ikaria icaria  aegean trails  hikingikaria   gialiskari  myrsonas messakti

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Ikaria 329 (isl_gr (away on an odyssey)) Tags: hiking steps ikaria icaria  aegean trails greece lane ege evdilos    ysplix portofrapp
Ikaria 031 (isl_gr (away on an odyssey)) Tags: pond hiking beautyconcealed ikaria icaria  trails july canyon greece blogged oleander  hikingikaria  waterdreams katarraktis  caria oliander  egean myrsonas  calendar2008 impressedbeauty ysplix ypslix
Ikaria 332 & last (isl_gr (away on an odyssey)) Tags: lighthouse ferry mediterranean ikaria icaria  aegean greece theisland adio adieu    ysplix top20greece
Ikaria 276 (isl_gr (away on an odyssey)) Tags: hiking beautyconcealed ikaria icaria  aegean trails greece dos blogged hiker amorgos wildcoast ege karkinagri hikingikaria  donousa       mavri geniiloci top20greece
Ikaria 301 (isl_gr (away on an odyssey)) Tags: dawn beautyconcealed ikaria icaria  aegean greece blogged samos aurore ege   atheras kerkis  notthatconcealedthough  eklisaki top20greece
Ikaria 331 (isl_gr (away on an odyssey)) Tags: cloud dawn ikaria icaria  aegean greece aube
the end of the trail (isl_gr (away on an odyssey)) Tags: blue comfortable ikaria aegean greece blogged hiker amorgos gemtlich karkinagri   mavri chercherlafemme
(4) Ikaria 131 (isl_gr (away on an odyssey)) Tags: girls wind ikaria aliens sirocco wearenotalone   ikarianenigma
Ikaria 324 (isl_gr (away on an odyssey)) Tags: hiking ikaria icaria  aegean trails greece signage blogged cairn trailmarker balisage ege    messakti
Ikaria 163 (isl_gr (away on an odyssey)) Tags: blue sea mountain reflection squall island wind hiking horizon beautyconcealed ikaria  aegean trails greece blogged tempest magical photoshoped tempete sirocco  hikingikaria  squalls caria rahes  pelagos  top20greece
Ikaria 292 (isl_gr (away on an odyssey)) Tags: sunset penelope hiking beautyconcealed ikaria icaria  aegean trails circe myth calypso alcyone theisland ege hikingikaria  naussica  chercherlafemme ceyx ceyxandalcyone
 (isl_gr (away on an odyssey)) Tags: ikaria  aegean trails greece blogged amorgos theisland  atheras  irisblue
Ikaria 298 (isl_gr (away on an odyssey)) Tags: island hiking ikaria icaria  aegean trails ege   fournoi
Ikaria 231 (isl_gr (away on an odyssey)) Tags: sea poem hiking beautyconcealed ikaria icaria  aegean trails blogged samos  hikingikaria  gialiskari cavafy kavafis   atheras  themorningsea
Ikaria 273 (isl_gr (away on an odyssey)) Tags: hiking beautyconcealed ikaria icaria  aegean trails greece fairies nas hikingikaria  chalares  wildshots   angelolivada geniiloci angelspool
Ikaria 318 (isl_gr (away on an odyssey)) Tags: hiking papas beautyconcealed ikaria icaria  aegean trails greece  icariansea  ege kavopapas
Ikaria 079 (isl_gr (away on an odyssey)) Tags: sea mountain island hiking beautyconcealed ikaria icaria  aegean greece gorge therma patmos thermalsprings fourni waterdreams  caria  fournoi
Ikaria 119 (isl_gr (away on an odyssey)) Tags: storm weather island beautyconcealed ikaria  aegean greece evdilos squalls caria
Ikaria 249 (isl_gr (away on an odyssey)) Tags: june hiking beautyconcealed ikaria icaria  trails goats blogged arbutus globalwarming radi deforestation arbutusunedo desertification hikingikaria    ikarianenigma atheras panigiri  overgrazing    calendar2008
Ikaria 274 (isl_gr (away on an odyssey)) Tags: waterfall hiking beautyconcealed ikaria icaria  aegean may trails replacement fairies hikingikaria  chalares     angelolivada angelspool
Ikaria 026 (isl_gr (away on an odyssey)) Tags: weird ikaria icaria junebeetle weirdanimals  oryctesnasicornis rhinobug europeanrhinocerosbeetle
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  Ikaria August 2007036This shot isn’t mine but by a friend   raposa7 ©   It was introducing the old blog entry which made no sense anymore so I edited and changed it completely. I hated to delete that one! Zelda is so cool!She exposed herself in Ikaria as much if not more than I did. Our only difference was that I posted more shots of flowers…
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Piercing through an ancient forest


Trail of the Elves # 1

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simonsterg Pro User says:

This looks like an enormous achievement, angeloska! It looks like there has been a lot of chopping! (At least you had elves to help you!)

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isl_gr Pro User says:

@ ‘simonsterg’ : if you enlarge the image, you see on the footer it reads «Lothlorien College Graduates» !!!
@ ‘angeloska’ : x x x x x x x x

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angeloska Pro User says:

You are giving me new strength!
In return here is a small part of the story. This trail was almost an imaginary one, featuring only in an old Italian map of 1943 and in Elenis imagination and *unusual sources* (her old neigbours’ tales). The distance was about 2,5 km cutting through deep tall makia. We started cittung from both sides, one day from the east and the other from the west, with no more sense of direction but the zig-zag flow of a rivulet running next to the alleged path. The hard evidence whether the path existed, as well as my extreme worry was if the two tunnels would eventually meet someplace. They DID! I felt like opening a champaigne bottle.
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simonsterg Pro User says:

That bit about the 1943 italian map sounds sort of romantic § – a hint from an odd old source – ideally you should have lost the map – kind of like a Borges tale, you know the sort of thing…
And you have made this perhaps imaginary path into… a REAL ONE – a Second Eupalinos! ¤ Champagne corks ought to be flying!
footnotes:
§ not that Eleni’s imagination isn’t also, of course, romantic – and the *unusual sources* very likely accurate…

¤ if that’s hyperbole it’s just in a celebratory way – not an attempt at irony (which I dislike)

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angeloska Pro User says:

I lost the map! As soon as I found it I lost it! I had only one glimpse of it. Then a veil of secrecy came and covered …
Eupalinos? I had thought of him. He used stereometry and trigonometry. He was given an awful amount of money too. But Eleni’s way is the low-budget one: trust your senses.

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isl_gr Pro User says:

(Nana says:) Maybe this is a stupid question, but why did you start cutting one day from the east, one day from the west? Why haven’t you done it one way only? And avoid the risk of the two tunnels not meeting?

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angeloska Pro User says:

(love to talk technicalities with you, *thorn-walker*)
I have many reasons to cut from both sides :

1st) I usually hit the paths from as many sides as I can. Although people know more or less about my business, they still may get suspicious if they see me driving too often and stopping long in a desert place. So I sometimes take a path from one end and sometimes from another. It looks more normal if I am seen going someplace once or twice a fortnight instead of once a week.

2nd) This particular path was looong! When we got into the thick, deep and dark, at a certain point I lost my self-confidence. (That’s about when Eleni wrote in that last message of hers in the hiking group that I should not give up the chainsaw.) So we drove a long way round and started cutting from another place: a glade with a stony ground where the path was easy to see. Conveniently, this place was not far from a road, so we didn’t have to walk long to get back from work.

3rd) Regardless of the above, it really had to be done from both sides. With the Komatsu (*good machine* -lol:) I could have butchered through the maquis on a straight line and created a way through. But I don’t make way-throughs; I make paths. And I’m always tryng to find the original ones. Because my walks are inside nature and history as well. When the two ends connected (so to say, automatically), I was sure that I hadn’t just made an opening through. That was an ancient path used by the elvish old inhabitants of Ikaria.
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§ § § §
And because I have explained so thoroughly, here is question for you:
I have a permission from the Forest Service to open the paths. In fact, more than permission, it is an encouragement based on the general principle that there should be paths in the forests. They serve as fire zones, they say, and this is correct. Yet for most people this means that firemen are able to unreel their hoses and put out a fire in the heart of the forest. But there is also another reason why a path like this is a fire-zone.It prevents fires. Why, Nan? You are still a good mechanic, aren’t you?

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Konstantinos Mentzelopoulos Pro User says:

Congratulations! It looks wonderful and I can imagine how hard it must have been. Warmest regards from Tilos island, Konstantinos

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isl_gr Pro User says:

(Nana says:)

Here I go…
(We are between friends, are not we? Nobody is bothered. Hope so.)
(Γειά σου Κωνσταντίνε!)
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An archaic forest as this, is an alive organic and very complicated system : : a *good machine* which (to work well) needs a temperature control system. In spring when temperatures rise considerably in Greece, there is still water, the system is watercooled. Afterwards in summer, when there is little water but there are cool winds from the sea, the system shifts to air-cooled (like some car engines fit for both normal and desert conditions).
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So, your tunnel *αγγελούκο* helps in the air-cooling, lowers the temperature of the organism and therefore prevents fires. Your tunnel is an air-duct; functions like the pipe of a ventillator. Είναι ένας αεραγωγός. Brings from the sea and spreads through the cool breeze inside the forest and (w/o entering into a lot of technical details) this makes a big difference.
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Because I have a feeling that you are kinda sorry for the chopping off all these tree branches, just think that what you did with the mini-Komatsu, was being done in the past by the ancient animals, like the deer (dama-dama), the wild goat (capra aegagrus) and the wild pig (sus scrofa). They made scars in the forest for the good of the forest. Now, unlike the animal’s, your scar is straight; ok, never mind; let’s put the blame on gaddem Euclides!
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What’s the orientation of the tunnel? N to S? NE to SW?
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simonsterg Pro User says:

Wow!! It’s so sexy when it gets technical!
How ’bout a graph to spice it up even more… (never mind that it’s from across the sea on Kerkis.) Do you see? «overheating in the cushion» – HOT STUFF! – someone should make a (straight line) path through that thing!
(incidentally, I see Tilos has it’s very own Astragalus on flickr – but I can’t locate any photo with the tags astragalus and ikaria. – it must be just that I’m not searching properly…) 😉

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angeloska Pro User says:

zzdoing!!! I am dazed -:)) Aχ Nana when you want…
(Just wait… I will edit this tomorrow morning)l

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isl_gr Pro User says:

Even more dazed u should be at my friend Nana when u know that this analysis comes right out of a smoked turnery in Petrou Rali str, Athens.
filakia
Eleni

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Tragopodaros says:

I lost MY map somewhere in there last year! In fact three maps I had specially copied and enlarged in Manchester; such was my struggle to hack a way through to PIGI, they fell from my pack.

Here’s another reason for the path to be cut from both ends – so that the people living at either end both feel they have a new path that TAKES them somewhere and don’t see it as an invasion from the outside world.

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angeloska Pro User says:

For years hikers who stayed in Evdilos and Kampos on the coast (point A) and saw the mountains of Rahes (point C) on the west, were asking for a direct way to make it up there without having to walk on the coastal road as far as Armenistis (point B) and from there climb to Rahes (point C). At a certain point I realized that what they were asking to follow was a cut-trough on the ypotenuse of the right triangle (A-C). I like ypotenuses. They are good options to a square static world. And indeed these are the ways invaders follow.
(But of course to make a succesfull invasion, I needed an invitation and a promise for an orgy on plenty of fried good Ikarian potatoes from Perameria.)

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Nothing to add except that «the orgy with plenty of good Ikarian potatoes from Perameria -panfried a la Belge» took place at last!

Monday September 3, 2007 – 08:34am (PDT)

The potatoes were delicious and all and so was the company but… on the next day I met Lefteris (the boy with the chainsaw in my Flickr photos) who had walked the trail and he told me that it needs a lot more work. Who is going to do it? Am I chasing a chimera?p.s. should I declare it a «nude hiking trail» ? <tease>

Tuesday September 4, 2007 – 03:39pm (EEST)

Βeautiful to the point of causing pain.Tuesday September 4, 2007 – 01:14pm (PDT)

AKK : Of course you are chasing a chimera. But your gift is that you are able to make other people chase it too; so it becomes real. Nana did the stalking and I visualized a story (in a story). I met people who walked it and …oh my friend, they were sober people, and they had …hallucinations!
«from an…» : «Βeautiful to the point of causing pain». That’s a perfect definition of a chimera -:)) I’m noting this down.p.s. «nude hiking trail»? whatever, but don’t shout it over the roofs. I don’t like «bears» -:lol:- and neither does Nana.

Wednesday September 5, 2007 – 10:54am (PDT)


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.
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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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mountain ash2005 says:

Bravo Trago!! I knew you would rise to the challenge….. You don’t disappoint, & your version far outstrips the other.
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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??)
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angeloska says:

from me too, Bravo Trago !
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Tragopodaros says:

We’ll just wait for El, then.
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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*
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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…
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mountain ash2005 says:

Not hijacked, just complimented.
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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/
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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.
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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?
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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)
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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!
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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?
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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)


Worse than Wild Fire


The Athenians are depressed and angry and bitter about the loss of so many trees on Mt. Parnitha. Take comfort ’cause there is something much worse than wild fires. And that’s the loss of the earth itself!!! Take a look at
THE DEATH OF A FOREST, A RIVER, A MOUNTAIN
Κυρίες και κύριοι, με λύπη μου και ντροπή σας παρουσιάζω
το Θάνατο ενός Δάσους, ενός Ποταμού, ενός Όρους.

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rockyrunnerbird Pro User says:

What happened?
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isl_gr Pro User says:

too many goats !
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isl_gr Pro User says:

I’m just wondering why my friend «peppeta» added it in his *favs*. Is it because it reminded him of his fellow countryman Antonioni’s film «Zabriski Point»?
(those who don’t know, type «Zabriski+point» in Google images)
Because something that’s utterly bad can turn into good.

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Peppetta says:

Somebody like it naked
Even if I love Antonioni, I added it in my favs becouse I love dry, naked, mediterranean landscapes. This place remind me of my thirsty land. Puglia too can be so dry. Desert is coming and this beautiful shot is screaming it loud. And, last but not least, there’s too much eros in my favs, I need some tanatos to balance it.
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isl_gr Pro User says:

(me too likes it naked but not too dry ’cause it hurts -aooch!)
I doubt you have so many mad starved and thirsty goats in Puglia or Bari and the rest of the coastal towns would be flooded or gone thirsty to extinction. Goats should not be subsided by the E.U. On the contrary they should be totaly banned. It was a good idea some 7000 y. ago but not anymore. The same is for hunting etc.
I’m not going to have children in some kind of «our-own-Ethiopia» and loose them in a land and rock avalanche afterwards.
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simonsterg Pro User says:

What’s that about having children?
That sounds like a good idea – I’m sure they would grow up to be ‘The Man / Woman who Planted Trees’.
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angeloska says:

‘El’ : I’m sure the E.U. bureaucrats have no idea. They should be sent tons of photos like this. Brave of you to have posted it. The worst disasters happen gradually and silently and in places hardly anybody visits or takes notice.

‘simon’ : are you speaking of the famous ‘cartoon’ film with the man who planted oak nuts? Or about that modern German artist who did the same for real and as art? Or the cartoon is inspired from that artist? Do you know?
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simonsterg Pro User says:

I have a very slim volume called ‘L’homme qui plantait des arbres’ by Jean Giono, first published in 1953, about a man who planted acorns…
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isl_gr Pro User says:

-> Jean Giorno’s is the script of the cartoon, actually a 10′ b&w classic masterpiece.
-> «the German artist» was Joseph Beuys. Not just «a German artist». Buys was BIG in Conceptual Arts universally. See www.tkffdn.org/partner/beuys/partners.shtml
and
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Beuys.
The particular artwork is «7,000 Oaks for Documenta 7»

NOTE: Beuys was a Stuka plane pilot during the war. Doesn’t this photo remind of craters from bombs?
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angeloska says:

ααα, εσύ κορίτσι μου δεν πιάνεσαι με τίποτα…
Τι μια φορά «οικολόγος», την άλλη με τα Στούκας.
Κάτσε λίγο ήσυχη να ηρεμήσουμε κι ότι είναι να γίνει, ας γίνει…
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isl_gr Pro User says:

*prits***
Posted 13 months ago.

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simonsterg Pro User says:

hi el!
my class of 6 year olds are learning about the forest now, yes, Bouconne itself…
– can I print this («all rights reserved») picture out to show them?

I got hold of that cartoon of The Man Who Planted Trees and we watched it.
I am contemplating some kind of drama…
Posted 3 months ago.

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angeloska says:

I saw «The Man Who Planted…» on TV ages ago. My son who was 6 then, was very excited. If I remember well, it’s based on a true story from before the war. There is a similar story about a woman who planted oaks in Ikaria. They called her ‘Lunny’ Maria Sarantaina.
Posted 3 months ago.

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simonsterg Pro User says:

I think «The Man Who Planted…» is fiction, but you do hear of people that have in fact done it for real. I’m glad Ikaria has one! Are there trees there still? Or is the story vague? Or have the goats got there??
Posted 3 months ago.

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isl_gr Pro User says:

The story of Lolo-Maria Sarantaina is clear and true. I think that many of her oaklings died because there was war and famine and she had no strength to climb the mountains to water them. She was believed to be mad in her time but now they have raised a small stele in her memory.

*** btw, did you know that there is a league of jet pilots who plant trees because they feel bad about the greenhouse gases caused by jet flights?
Posted 3 months ago.

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Εκτός από την Αιθιοπία που πολύ σωστά αναφέρεις (που το θυμήθηκες;), λίγοι γνωρίζουν ότι αυτός ήταν ένας από τους λόγους που καταστράφηκε η οικονομία της γειτονικής Αλβανίας. Οιτσελιγκάδες εκεί ήταν από τους βασικούς υποστηρικτές του Εμβέρ Χότζα. Εξαιτίας της αποψίλωσης των δασών και της ελεύθερης βόσκησης, η ύπαιθρος ερημοποιήθηκε τόσο ώστε ακόμα και τα περίφημα Κινεζικής κατασκευής υδροηλεκτρικά φράγματα γέμισαν άμμο και σταμάτησε η παραγωγή ηλεκτρικού ρεύματος. Αυτή τη στιγμή η Αλβανία όπως και η Ελλάδα είναι από τους μεγαλύτερους εισαγωγείς ζωοτροφών.
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Wednesday July 25, 2007 – 06:23pm (EEST) Remove Comment

Greece is burning, England is floading, the south and the north, the extremes are getting extremer.

Friday July 27, 2007 – 03:03pm (PET) Remove Comment

@ ‘Leo’ : maybe you are right; but for me who travel a lot because of my work and family, I am used to these extremities. In case you are right, let’s see this as an extra motivation for us to eliminate the wrongs in the environment and in our socities.

Sunday July 29, 2007 – 12:46am (PDT) Remove Comment

Και φαντάσου πως όταν έγραψες το blog ήταν μοναχά η αρχή….Δεν θα συμφωνήσω με τον ΑΚΚ πως η ελεύθερη βόσκηση είναι αιτία των καταστροφών. Οταν υπάρχουν αρκετοί βοσκότοποι υπάρχει φυσική τροφή για τα ζώα. Οταν οι βοσκότοποι μετατρέπονται σε βιλλίτσες και τσιμεντοποιούνται νομίζω πως είναι πολύ χειρότερη η καταστροφή……

Tuesday July 31, 2007 – 11:05pm (PDT) Remove Comment

Ειναι και τα 2. Και καμια 20αρια παραγοντες ακομα. Δεν υπαρχει καμια ελπιδα . Τουλάχιστον οχι απο μας του λογογραφους. Μονο το agrimi ξερει και δινει το στιγμα (σημα;) του μελοντος. Αν δεν τη τουφεκισουν για περδικα, εννοειται.

Wednesday August 1, 2007 – 01:28pm (PDT)