Photographs of nature, places and objects that have caught my eye.

Φωτογραφίες απο την φύση, απο τόπους και αντικείμενα που μου χτύπησαν στο μάτι.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Mt. Pelion, Greece. Πήλιο.

Ancient Greeks used to worship places with exceptional natural beauty. They were making myths about rivers, lakes, mountains, natural phenomena etc. One such place still carrying its ancient beauty is Mt. Pelion of central Greece. Its woods were inhabited by the Centaurs, half men and half horses, the beautiful Nymphs were dancing by the streams and waters, and the Satyrs were chasing them all the time. From here, the Argonauts started their long trip to bring the Golden Fleece home. And the myths never end. And the old beauty, magic and mystery of the place remains.
Last weekend I made a quick trip there with  friends, to do some things at the house they keep there. I took the opportunity to take a few photographs for you while I was there. Unfortunately only on the first afternoon was not raining and had the chance to take some decent photographs. And I took most, from the back seat of the car as we were climbing up. Even then, the low clouds did not allow me to take more photographs of the beautiful mountain. The mountain is covered by olive trees at lower levels, and higher they give way to other vegetation, like woods, apple and pears yards, chestnut trees, and shrubs.

Το περασμένο Σαββατοκύριακο είχα την ευκαιρία μαζυ με φιλους να επισκεφτώ το Πήλιο. Το όμορφο, γεμάτο από την Ελληνικη Μυθολογία βουνό. Εκεί που ζούσαν οι Κένταυροι, οι νύμφες και οι Σάτυροι. Το μέρος από όπου ξεκίνησε η Αργοναυτική εκστρατεία, για να φέρουν στην Ελλάδα το Χρυσόμαλλο Δέρας. Ο καιρός όμως μου τά χάλασε λιγάκι, και δεν μπόρεσα να τραβήξω τις φωτογραφίες που ήθελα παρά μόνο το πρώτο απόγευμα και όταν ανεβαίναμε στο βουνό, από το πίσω κάθισμα του αυτοκινήτου.

P.S. It is worth to check the above links to read about all those myths from ancient Greece.

Υ.Γ. Αξίζει το κόπο να ρίξετε μια ματιά στους παραπάνω συνδέσμους για να διαβάζετε λίγο περισσότερα από τους αρχαίους μύθους.
Satellite view of Mt. Pelion
Cirron, A Centaur, carrying young Achilles on his back.
Statue of a Centaur
The Water Nymph by Herbert James Draper
A Satyr
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