Autumn is in Zagori right as scheduled…

Autumn is in Zagori right as scheduled...

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Autumn in Zagori

Autumn in Zagori Greece

Autumn in Zagori in a few pictures …

Natural beauties of Greece

Holy Monastery of Iviron or Iveron, an Eastern Orthodox monastery at the monastic state of Mount Athos in Greece

Greece is a very diverse land full of surprises. Most of Greece consists of mountains, making our country one of the most mountainous in Europe. Mount Olympus, the mythical abode of the Greek Gods, culminates at Mytikas peak 2,917 m (9,570 ft), the highest in…

Winter colours in Epirus, Greece

A leaf in a frozen creek in Zagorochoria region, Greece

Winter can be very harsh in these parts of Northern Greece, both for fauna and people. One thing is for sure though, no matter how tough the weather is the colours of nature are, as expected, spectacular… Pastel tones of light blue, azure, brown,…

Oak in Greek Mythology

The oak was the dominant tree of the ancient Greek landscape. In fact the ancient Greek word for oak, 'drys', was also the word for tree. The two main commonly found in the region are the evergreen holm oak and the deciduous Valonian. Both range in size from thick low shrub (forming the basis of the modern-day Meditteranean scrub forests) to large trees. They were valued for their wood and for the autumn-ripening acorns. Tanin was also extracted from the acorn cups of the Valonian oak. This substance was a vital component employed in the tanning of leather hides. In Greek lore, the primitive, pre-agrarian tribes of Arkadia were said to have lived on a stable diet of acorns

Oak, Holm, Valonia… Also: Evergreen oak, prickly-cupped oak and ilex (alternative names for the holm) Greek : Drys { ἡ δρῦς } Species: Quercus Ilex, Quercus Ithaburensis Macrolepis and Quercus Aegilops Description: The oak was the dominant tree of the ancient Greek landscape. In fact the…

Vegetation zones in the National Parks of Pindos

Pinus nigra forest in the Ecoregion of Pindus, Greece

The Pindus Ecoregion (National Parks of Vikos-Aoos and Valia Calda) covers a wide range of elevations and habitats, from deep canyons to steep mountains. This wide range in altitude results in four major forest zones: A conifer zone, with trees such as a subspecies of…

Foliage in the mountains of Zagori

A red crabapple leaf under the blue skies of Zagori in fall 2013

The melting of hues from green, to yellow, to burnt orange and reds begins as early as mid-October in the region of Central Zagori in Epirus. The actual process of change in the forests of Zagori begins in October and as the warm weather wanes the…