Category Archives: nature

1992 – Flora Graeca: Cyclamen, Oleanders, Ferulas and Euphorbia

The pink flowers of the cyclamen like the shadow of the Mount Athos forests. The image above is from the book early 19th century botanical book Flora Graeca.  The oleander is often to be found in or around the monasteries. … Continue reading

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1991 – The Strawberry tree

Every now and then when walking in Mount Athos the Strawberry tree appears alongside the path. Here on the left,  with in the distance Simonos Petras. The Strawberry tree or Arbutus unedo is widespread in the Mediterranean region. The Latin name was … Continue reading

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1988 – A walk in ancient woods

Just after the big wooden cross on the southern ridge, a panoramic view opens. From there a long straight stretch until Stavros (cross) lays ahead. It is just nature there. No monasteries, sketes or buildings.The stretch is mostly covered and … Continue reading

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1972 – the hike in Kapsala – 2

Let’s start with reveiling that the short afternoon walk ended up in a unforgetable 9,34 kilometers exercise, that would fit in any modern boot-camp experience. Efrem guided us through one of most beautiful places on Mount Athos, where nature is … Continue reading

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1970 – the hike in Kapsala

Our aim on the first day of our pilgrimage in May 2017 was to sleep in the beautifull cell called Maroudá of father Makarios. After leaving the ferry at Panteleimonos and the hike to Paleo Monastiro we continued to walk … Continue reading

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1967 – insects, reptiles, mammals and a bird

Beetles on flowers with Megisti Lavra in the background. A bumble bee at Thibais. A grasshopper at Nea Skiti and a butterfly at Lavra. Flying ants at Karyes and a lizard with ants at Proto Nero. A dog at Marouda … Continue reading

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1953 – the wild Mylopotamos river

This video (by Keliotes) of the Mylopotamos river near Filotheou is made yesterday. A lot of rain is recently fallen in Greece.On the very accurate and up to date Athos map of Peter Howorth (order at http://www.filathonites.org/) the course of the … Continue reading

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