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Ekklisia Agios Spiridon

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Bellower of  Ekklisia Agios Spiridon

The bell tower of Ekklisia Agios Spiridon stands out of the Old town of Corfu Town. It’s a landmark as you can see in the overview image .

Saint Spiridon is defied on Corfu very much, although he never lived on Corfu. He was born on Cyprus, is said being a member of the synod of Constantinople in the 4th century and became a saint after he passed away.

After the fall of Constantinople, his corpse was brought to Corfu in the 15th century, where they built this pilgrimage church. He is said to have saved Corfu several times: from pest in 1630, hunger crisis in 1550, the siege of the Turks in 1716 (Corfu never felt on the Turks, like the rest of Greece) and another pest in 1673. So, he has 4 feasts trough out the year.

Take care!

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What a difference …

610_6006-e2f_wThose of you, following me on Instagram too, might wonder about my last two images I posted.

Yesterday morning I posted an image of a wet surface and grumbling about rain just on time for the weekend. My next image is taken last night during a firework at a lake nearby. Surprisingly, the weather changed yesterday dramatically. Starting with a grey, wet and rainy morning the sky cleared up during the afternoon and gave us a pretty nice evening. Unfortunately, we have had an extremely high moisture in the air. Although, we only have had about 23°C, we were sweating very much, even without moving any part of our bodies.

I love watching and photographing fireworks, although I know, wild animals don’t like them. This one was rather short: only 7 minutes long.

We have an artificial lake nearby with a marina. Here, they have a festival each year. It’s called “Hafenfest” (literally: harbor festival). It’s always at the end of July. It’s organized similar to a german Kirmes (kermis, fun fair). They have some carousels, many food stands, life music and many, many visitors 🙂

We arrived about an hour before the proposed start to set up our gear and to give my accompanies a short introduction into how to photograph fireworks. Although, I didn’t see any results of them until now, I guess, they were satisfied with their results (hopefully they are still satisfied with their results, when they are watching their images on the big computer screen).

Because of darkness, you have to master your gear blind and be able to correct each setting quickly for not missing any shot. You also have to adjust the exposure time manually, to make sure to neither overexpose nor underexpose your images. So, this was a tiny workshop for my two rookies 🙂

Enjoy!

 

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Ekklisia Spiliotissas ke Agios Vlassis

610_7698-s_wThis is another church in the Old town of Corfu town. I guess, this one is special. It’s decorated very rich with gold and silver. It also has some big byzantine icons.

This church was built in 1577 and thus has some renaissance elements in its architecture. Before, the temple Agios Vasilios for the virgin Spilaiotissa stood in this place. Because of the destruction of the temple, the images were moved to this new church.

In the back of the church you can find the silver coffin with the relic bones of St. Theodora.

Enjoy!

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Monochrome Madness 3-14

600_2153-cht_wMissing the summer so much 😦

We freeze in the wet, while in southern Europe forests are burning and they miss the necessary rain as much, as we miss the warmth and the sun.

This is a poor gorilla. Although, he (or is he a she – I don’t know) is not alone in the inclosure, she looks very depressive for me. I guess, she’s not happy, being captured. We’re not happy, because we miss a real summer here.

The image is from the same zoo visit, as the lion, two weeks ago.

I guess, it’s a Grauer’s gorilla, formerly known as the eastern lowland gorilla (Gorilla beringei graueri). I didn’t take any notes while there.

This is my contribution to Monochrome Madness organized by Leanne Cole. Look at here site, to see many more monochrome images created by many other talented photographers.

Take care!

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WPC: Detail

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This week’s topic for the weekly photo challenge by “The Daily Post is “Detail”.

I picked an image from my archive, showing the polished shell of a certain kind of sea-snail, the Haliotis, common name is abalone.

Below the ugly surface, you can find this wonderful subject.

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Take care have a great weekend!

(as usual, you can see the photo enlarged, when clicking in it)

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Ekklisia Panagias Mandrakiou, Ekklisia Trion Martiron and some more

610_7666-e_wThis are many other churches in Corfu town. Some stand alone, like the Ekklisia Panaceas Mandrakiou in the image above. Others are integrated in the streets, by building houses directly to the church walls. This is especially true in the Old Town of Corfu Town.

In the gallery you can find also inside views from different churches.

Enjoy.

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Monochrome Madness 3-13

 

mm13-600_4273-eb_wToday, I’m taking you out to another visit in Cuba. Here we have the skyline of Havana right over the bahia at sunset. I think of my visit quite often. It was a very pleasant time. I’ve had many posts on that trip here in my blog. You can find them by using the tag cuba.

While writing this post, we have had a hot day (+27°C). That reminded me to that wonderful trip to Cuba. Although, it’s less hot here than on Cuba, it’s more uncomfortable here because of the high moisture. During the last weeks we have had so much rain. Many houses and streets got over-flooded. Strawberries are rotting in the fields. June was a complete fail when speaking about this summer until now. May was fine, but June was too wet. We often have had more liters of rain during a single rainstorm than usually during a complete average month! We even have a temperatures around 12-15°C. (we often have these temperatures during winter).
I hope, summer will finally come one day – hopefully very soon!

This is my contribution to Monochrome Madness organized by Leanne Cole. Look at here site, to see many more monochrome images created by many other talented photographers.

Take care!

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WPC: look up

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This week’s topic for the weekly photo challenge by “The Daily Post is “look up”.

Try to find out, what you can see here 🙂

Most times, we look down to earth. where to put our feet and try to find a save path though our daily business and our whole live. But, also try to lift your eyes and look in a different direction. What do you find there?

Take care have a great weekend!

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Church of Jason and Sospatros

610_9009_wI told you about churches on Corfu in a few of my previous posts. There are many small and tiny churches. But, they are usually closed for the public, when there is no service or an other event. We visited a few of them, when we came along. Some were open, but taking photos was almost always forbidden. Others were open, but a service was running. In these churches we only have had a quick look inside without disturbing the service.

This one was open and no-one was inside. We have had time to look around and so I can finally show you the inside of a greek-orthodox church. This one is quite typical, although others were more decorated than this one. Especially those in the Old town.

Take care!

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