It’s been long since my last post, but I’ve put much love into this new one.
Since I came back to Greece, I was aware of the fact that I won’t be that close to nature as I would like. Whether I like it or not, cities are much alienated from the natural world and it requires some small effort to get into the wild, let’s say. Last Sunday, however, I had this chance of getting some outdoors activity in the nature. Along with the local trekking club, we ventured into a gorgenear Heraklion.
I paid attention to every plant and flower around.
I felt like rediscovering the mediterranean nature.
The trail led us deeper into the dry gorge, in a quite rocky part of it. This was the most challenging part in our way, but the scenery all around did not fail to impress.
Looking up in the sky, we would often see eagles flying around. It was something else to feel so close to such proud and impressive animals.
In the last few kilometres, the trail continued sideways and not in the middle of the gorge. We came accross some beautiful, fairytale-like alleys between the trees.
Reaching the end of the trail, somewhere close to a village, we got to admire a true Cretan panorama: olive trees under a blue sky, as far as the eye can see.
It is about time and nature. It is about how I experienced time through nature’s changes.
This year I was living and volunteering in Lithuania, in a small city in the north called Biržai. Something that surprised me from the very beginning was the way that human and nature seemed to get along perfectly here. Coming from a city in Greece, I couldn’t get enough of all the greenery around. It looked like this was an endlessly green land. Indeed, it is.
Gradually I was drawn by the charm of nature and started taking photos. Every season, every month had something new and different to showcase. If you would stop and stare, you would notice how the same scenery would change over and over again, while maintaining its beauty.
Life in Biržai had its ups and downs and at times it was challenging just to get through another day. Then I would often turn to nature, which would continue its course with a steady, unaffected pace. There was wisdom in this pace, there was consistency and coherence. It made you feel small, but then again it helped you forget any little problems, ease the stress.
I think that by now the biggest part of photos I took this year is dedicated to and inspired by nature. This year was a year of big and important changes and nature helped me see that there is nothing permanent except change.
On one of the few sunny days of these summer, we headed to a small village nearby.
Walking under such an amazing sky and looking at the distant horizon was a real pleasure. The fluffy clouds felt almost palpable and the blue colour was infinite.
That day we had the chance to relax from top to…bottom! Walking barefoot on a trail made of different natural materials was a really refreshing experience. It helped us “switch off”, calm down and enjoy the surroundings.
Living in Lietuva, the “Rain Country”, I’m already used to unexpected showers. They would usually spoil a fine warm day and make me regret that I don’t have my umbrela with me. Still, thanks to these unexpected and not always welcome rainy interludes, the whole town has turned into a green paradise!
A daily project, where I take one (very random and thoughtless) photo each day for 100 days, starting from 29th of August, 2017 and ending on the day when independent Finland turns 100 years old. I'm also doing a daily challenge on Instagram (since 2014). Link below: