Cretan Summer 2018

Souvenirs of our beloved Crete

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Respect for Nature and Cretan Flowers

Crete has an amazing flora, rich in variety with over 2,000 different kinds of flowers; of them at least 150 plants and wild herbs are endemic, which means that they do not exist in any other place in the world. An incredible variety of orchids are spread all over the island, different colors, sizes and many of them with sweet smelling scent.

The fabulous spring, with all the colors is like the garden of the paradise and when the sun burns the flowers in lower altitudes in the mountain and in the gorges we can find many many flowers all year round.

Arriving on Crete we immediately can smell the scent of this island covered with aromatic  herbs and plants. No wonder that Cretan food is so goo!

Respect the flowers, don’t pick up orchids an other rare flowers; take a picture instead the flowers will be preserved and your souvenir will stay longer! Thanks!

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Night of Stars

Only four months ago we tried our fist experiments in catching the night stars and photographing the milky way, but at the end of February the core of the milky way will be visible again and I hope we will got the chance to escape the light pollution, get clear weather and some time for our beginners experiments.

I can’t wait to be again on Crete for a few days, enjoy the milder weather and the bright stars again!

 

Winter Grey

 

This is one of my favorites place in the forest. The trees are simply amazing and this by all kind of weather. I love colors and I love the sun, but I also like mystic look where colors seems to be erased and the world only in black and white.

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Iceland in Winter: Golden Circle

 

Winter days in Iceland are quite short, but it does not mean that it isn’t possible to stop to admire the most important sites along the golden circle. A time schedule would be very helpful in this case so that you know how to manage the time. This country is so beautiful it makes it really difficult not to stop for longer time at this awesome sights.

We were there only one week before the shortest day and the light began to come through at about 09:30, and the dark came just before 17:00.

Between the first light and the sun rise we could calculate about 1 1/2 hours and the same was for the sunset. We got real the best weather for this trip!

The sunny hours are something like a very long sunrise and a very long sunset; this means…WOW… golden hours all the day long!

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The first place to visite was the enchanted þingvellir (Thingvellir) national park. The Þingvellir area is part of a fissure zone running through Iceland, being situated on the tectonic plate boundaries of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. In winter we got the chance to see the frozen lake and the Öxarárfoss waterfall

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We continued our trip in the direction of the Geysirs

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Some more time for a quick lunch around this steamy geothermal area. From here in only a few minutes we reached the majestic Gullfoss waterfall.

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The final stop in a natural hot-sprig just before heading in direction of Hella for dinner and a good sleep.

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Iceland in Winter: From the Sky

We’ve been for a few days in Iceland again! Last time we’ve visited Iceland it was in early September and we were so amazed that we found we have to go there.

So we were lucky to find flights for a reasonable time and we could visit our great friend in Reykjavik again and then start our 3 days tour before heading home.

The arrival by plane was breathtaking: many volcanoes covered snow and the Svartsengi geothermal power plant could be admired.

What for an incredible view! We could not wait to start our trip.

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Gran Canaria: Roque Nublo. Mood: Looking Down to the Sunny South

 

Before starting our hiking to the natural monument of the Roque Nublo, we stopped for a while wondering the light spectacle of the sun playing with the clouds. It was late in the afternoon and some rays found their way under the clouds. The golden light unlighted the South while on the top the clouds were playing with the wind.

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