Category Archives: nature

Love nature

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.

– Albert Einstein

Another Earth Day is here. This year’s campaign of the EDN (Earth Day Network) is called: End Plastic Pollution.

If we all  reconsider and change our attitude towards the wide consumption of plastic, be more informed about the threats and consequences of our health and the environment, we should contribute to this effort.  Undoubtedly we all want to live on a cleaner and a healthier planet!


This post is part of the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Awakening

Treasure Flowers

Gazania rigens, also known as treasure flower, is native to South Africa. It is a durable perennial plant that thrives in dry and hot conditions which needs full sun and well drained soil.

Gazania rigens_treasure flowers_african daisy_garden

Gazania flowers close at night and in cloudy conditions. But during the day their beautiful colors are mesmerizing. They bloom in various vivid shades of red, orange, yellow, pink, white or in two tones.  In our garden the  gazanias are a stunning orange color.

Gazania rigens_treasure flowers_african daisy_garden

At some point I noticed that, while most of our gazania flowers began to dry, – closing  their life cycle – few were still in bloom. This contrast is what caught my eye and I felt compelled to capture  the moment.


This post is part of the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Temporary

Autumn leaves

The last leaves are still hanging on the branches of various deciduous trees.

autumn leaves

Though not for long, because of their destination. They have a duty to fulfill!

autumn leaves

The spectacular display of the colorful foliage and  the shedding leaves on the earth add an interesting artistic element in the landscape.

autumn leaves

The season is changing. Autumn is finally here and oh, do I love autumn walks!

 

Cactus flower

The huge beautiful flowers of this specific cactus Echinopsis oxygona, with common name Easter lily cactus, drew my attention. I found  the contrast of the flower size with the cactus, very interesting.

Cactus Echinopsis oxygona flower (Easter lily cactus)

Another fascinating particularity of the flower is that it opens in the evening and wilts the next afternoon on hot days. On cool days it will last longer.

Cactus Echinopsis oxygona flower (Easter lily cactus)

I remember that my uncle, who brought us this cactus, was very charmed with its flowers. Now I understand the reason!


This post is part of the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Evanescent

Nature trail in Kakopetria

The last time we visited Kakopetria – our favorite village as you know by now –  we walked for the  first time in the nature trail ‘Monopati tis Vateris’. It is  located alongside the old town of Kakopetria and the river Klarios.

If you ever find yourself in this charming place, I highly recommend to walk the trail. It’s just a kilometer long with a breathtaking scenery. You can sit on the wooden benches that are placed in various locations, take in the wonderful surroundings and let your imagination run wild.  Walking by the stream you can hear the sound of the running water, the tweeting of the birds and the loud song of the cicadas.

We really enjoyed our walk and the calming effect it had on us. Looking forward to going back soon.

Spring transforms nature

Last week, while I was taking my daughter for a walk, I randomly noticed this small offshoot on our pecan tree so I rushed to grab my camera and take photos. At the same time I was playing peekaboo with my daughter to keep her occupied. We both enjoyed the activity!

offshoot of a pecan tree in spring

I have to say, it is amazing how the same object looks so different if you shoot it at a different angle and perspective when combined  with the lighting conditions, the direction of  light, the background and your position.

offshoot of a pecan tree in spring

I think that the photos above are a representative example. All of them were taken on the same day and time.