On a cloudy winter day, we were wandering in the alleys of old town Bratislava and we ended up on the top of the hill where the castle of Bratislava is located. As we didn’t have enough time to tour the inside of the castle, we settled with just walking around it and taking in the breathtaking view of the Old town, the New Bridge – which crosses the banks of the Danube River – and the UFO tower, on the bridge’s pylon.
Everything looks different when you are atop!
This post is part of the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Atop
Taking the trolleybus no. 203 to its final destination, on a sunny winter day, we ended up in Koliba. It is a popular locality that belongs to the Bratislava Forest Park which is located in the foothills of the Little Carpathians in the northern part of Bratislava.
Bratislava Forest Park is a very popular place for the locals. There are a lot of recreational facilities such as hiking, running and biking trails, sports facilities, playgrounds, snack kiosks etc.
While we were walking and enjoying the nature that the hiking trail had to offer, I noticed the sun-rays penetrating into the forest through the leafless trees creating interesting shadows on the ground. I was fascinated by the variety of forms the shadows were creating that I couldn’t resist and found myself in the peculiar and fun position of ‘chasing’ shadows.
It was such a relaxing and joyful day, that we returned back home unwillingly.
This post is part of the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Shadow
When our family friend from Slovakia came to Cyprus for my sister’s wedding, we gave her a tour around the villages of Pafos, along with the rest of our friends that came from abroad.
We had a full day of going through beautiful landscapes, tasting local wine and the flavorful cuisine and we were ready to head home. On our way back, my father spotted a great viewpoint on a high hill and we stopped to admire the view and take some photos.
We were all taking pictures, creating memories and talking, when I noticed that our friend stepped aside isolating herself from the others in search of solitude. She was standing, watching the view, breathing in the fresh air and enjoying the lonely moment as if she was the only person there.
Watching her standing at the edge of the hill, I took the opportunity to take some photos of her without interrupting her musings. When she was done, she returned to the car with a delighted smile on her face.
This post is part of the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitude
My grandpa is a retired fisherman and one of the many things he liked to do was to collect sea conch shells that were caught in his fishing nets. He would then proceed to dry them under the sun, then he would clean them thoroughly and display them on shelves. He is very proud of his big collection and he happily gives conch shells to family and friends as a gift.
At first, we didn’t know what to do with the numerous conch shells that he gave us but in the end we realized that we could repurpose them instead of keeping them as decorative pieces only. And therefore we transformed them into pots for small cactuses and other succulent plants.
Needless to say that my grandpa is very pleased that we found a creative way to use his gifts instead of keeping his conch shells hidden in a drawer.
This post is part of the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Repurpose
As I mentioned in other posts Kakopetria village is a place we love visiting.
The architecture of the village is wonderful, especially the old Kakopetria. It is a picturesque village built between two rivers and it is a magnet to every form of artists. Walking through the narrow stone-paved alleys of the old quarter of the village you can find a lot of things to capture.
Most of the old houses have been restored. Their characteristic feature is that the majority of the houses have two floors, sloped and tiled roofs with beautiful wooden balconies.
The main reason that the old quarter of the village preserved its traditional architecture, is the fact, that it has been proclaimed as a protected area from the Department of Antiquities of Cyprus.
This post is part of the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge:Resilient
On one of my long walks with my camera in Bratislava, I had the opportunity to take photos of the winter scenery; something I can’t do easily in Cyprus.
I found the paths that were created by the snow very fascinating, so whenever I spotted them I took a shot.
With the snow blanketing the landscape it’s very easy to find these wintry paths and walk through them. But the thorn in the roads of this beautiful scene, was the cold temperatures that made it impossible for me to stay out longer.
This post is part of the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge:Path
While I was trying to write a new post, I decided to organise my photo archive and found the photos of an artichoke flower that I shot last summer. I recall that I didn’t like them back then. There was something about it that was bothering me and I felt that its purple color was too bright. Maybe it just wasn’t what I was expecting at the time.
That day a family friend from Slovakia came to visit us and we went for a walk outside in the fields by the house. We stumbled upon this artichoke flower which looked really compelling and I took several shots. The next day our friend who was anxiously awaiting for the pictures, asked me if they were ready but I disappointed her by saying that I didn’t like them.
When I came upon them this time, I changed my mind. The color seemed just fine. I also noticed that there were tiny bugs and insects on the flower which I totally forgot they were there.
A whole microscopic world was gathered in that attractive purple artichoke flower!
This post is part of the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge:Tiny