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2192 – Trees on Mount Athos by Bas Kamps

Athosweblogger Bas Kamps photographed not only several trees when he visited Mount Athos but also back in The Netherlands trees is often his topic. He recently made a website with his photography. Nilos chapel is located on the south slope … Continue reading

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2189 – Flowers; nothing but flowers

­­­­We left Simonos Petras early in the morning to take the ferry. We had plenty of time. We only had to walk down the wonderful path 300 meters to the arsanas. I decided to take pictures of all the spring … Continue reading

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2179 – A flock of birds

On the boat between Dafni and Ouranoupolis, on the way back from the Holy Mountain, you are often surrounded by seabirds. Mostly seagulls that follow the ferry. They are so greedy that they even pick a piece of bread of … Continue reading

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2171 – earthquake on Athos September 27th

Today, Sunday 27/9, a powerful earthquake was felt by the monks on the Agion Oros in the early morning, during the service called “agripnía”. The quake took place about 20 kilometers southwest of Athos and measured 5.2 on the Richter … Continue reading

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2153 – Plants, Rocks and Stones

Some plants don’t need vertile soil, rocks will do perfectly. This a Geranium Purpureum or a Geranium Robertianum. Rocks and stones are a good surface for some plants such as the Euphorbia in the Russian settlement of Thebais. Even this … Continue reading

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2131 – Living from land and garden: fruits and vegetables

This looks like Aloe Vera or another cactus-like succulent plant. Do they use for beverages or for medicinal uses? This wild spinach-like vegetable grows in the steep gardens of Simonos Petras. A small cornfield in the middle of knowhere reachable … Continue reading

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2119 – The beauty of Athos, flowers and more

Here are some images of the sometimes overwhelming beauty of the natural environment of Mount Athos. Along side the footpaths, in the woods, Euphorbia start growing. But also in the rocky parts, on the slopes of the Holy Mountain itself, … Continue reading

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2112 – Crossing the stone fall of Megali Sara

Between Nilou or Nilos and Prodromou the monopati runs over an impressive stone avalanche area called Megali Sara The path was formed by passing monks after the 1905 earthquake, that created the stone fall. The region is geologically quite unstable. … Continue reading

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2099 – The waste and litter problem on Mount Athos

In 2014,  very close to the monastery of Filotheou , waste and rubbish are still dumped in the valley. I don’t know if that is still common practice. I hope not. On the path from Pantocratoros to Vatopedi  in  2019 … Continue reading

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2092 – a botanical paradise

Dried plants from Mount Athos are found in a herbarium from the Natural History Museum/ Smithsonian Institute in the US. This European Hop or Hornbeam f.i. can de found on the slopes of the Mountain between Kerasia and Panagia. Also … Continue reading

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