Such a perfect day

Haven’t had the time (and the will) to create a fresh post for long time now. I couldn’t get myself to sit down in front of the screen, I guess. Anyway, enough with self-pity.

This time it’s all about Cretan nature again!

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Last Sunday, I participated in a hike that took place near Heraklion and it was an open invitation to families, kids and people that haven’t tried hiking before.

Roughly, the path we followed took us from Knossos, an ancient site of the Minoan civilization, to Archanes, a village 15 km south of Heraklion.

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Major part of the path and our goal, let’s say, was to walk through Knosano Gorge (http://www.cretanbeaches.com/en/gorges-and-canyons-in-crete/central-crete-gorges-heraklion/knossano-gorge).

Some parts were a bit steeper and harder to walk on, but we were constantly compensated by the beautiful scenery of vineyards drenched in the sun!

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Another quite memorable image was this old aqueduct dating back to the times of Venetian occupation in Crete. It is still standing there for the lucky ones to pass by it.

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Almost reaching Archanes, I stopped and stared at a lonely little church in the distance. For a moment, this picture felt utterly Greek. It is my favorite one from the day.

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Oh, such a perfect day.

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Wildly beautiful land

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It’s been long since my last post, but I’ve put much love into this new one.

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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 gorge near Heraklion.

 

I paid attention to every plant and flower around.
I felt like rediscovering the mediterranean nature.

 

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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All along the watchtower

This time I decided to give a try to the Daily Post photo challenge. It is all about waiting.

Some days before leaving Lithuania, while packing, I looked out of my window and had a WOW moment. It was sunset time. And these Lithuanian sunsets are pure magic. I grabbed my camera, placed it by the window and snapped some photos every few minutes. Yes, I just tried to capture the moment somehow. The colours would slowly and gradually change and I loved how the sky’s palette would bring out so many different hues.

So, there it goes: Waiting

 

 

as the sun goes down.

Head in the clouds…but down to earth!

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.

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Keep your heeead up!

I haven’t posted anything for a month, but I finally had this flash of inspiration – and some really good photos – so, it was about time!

This time, it’s all about the sky and its ever-changing moods and colours.

I was lucky enough to stay in a room with a biiig window, so I could contemplate the amazing palette that would be revealed up in the sky. Sometimes the colours would be changing from minute to minute, then they would blend into each other or they would just fade into the twilight. All in all, it is pure beauty.

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So, keep your heeeead up!

Children of the Sun

Craving for Sun.
This is how I would describe my current wish with 3 words.

Observing and experiencing the sequence of the 4 seasons is definitely a privilege and I thank Lithuania for all the pure beauty that I have witnessed all around.

Still, I cannot deny that I have missed a clear sky, a bright morning, a warm afternoon quite many times during these past months. Sun is in my genes anyhow!

So, this is a post dedicated to this yellow, hot, round god.
All these photos, taken at different times of day, are children of the Sun.

 

 

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Here’s some inspiration… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fclmGZrnvzk

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