Skaros, a traditional Greek folklore song from Epirus that is a hymn to nature

The song “Skaros” is one the few examples in Greek folklore music where through mimicking the sounds of nature, the “soul” of the Epirotic pastoral landscape is condensed and reconstituted through this unique and exemplary music. What “Skaros” song describes so eloquently and emotionally is…

Snow covers Zagori

These photographs were taken during the morning of January the 11th, 2017.

Winter pastel colours in Zagori

Winter pastel colours in Zagori

Just before sunset, with the temperature around -2°C and dropping rapidly, the colours on Mt. Tymphe and the sky presented a spectacular view! P.S. No photoshop done on image!

More snow in Zagori

Tsouka rossa peak above Brysochori village in Zagori, Greece

Some more pictures with the snow covered landscape in the Zagori region. The above peak is Tsouka Rossa above the villages of Heliochori & Brysochori.

At last … snow

After heavy thunderstorms, floods, extremely low temperatures, snow is welcome in the region of Zagori. The photograph is of the plain of Soudena in central Zagori, close to the villages of Elafotopos, Ano Pedina and Kato Pedina

After heavy thunderstorms, floods, extremely low temperatures, snow is welcome in the region of Zagori. The photograph is of the plain of Soudena in central Zagori, close to the villages of Elafotopos, Ano Pedina and Kato Pedina.

Cichorium intybus – Asteraceae

Cichorium intybus - Asteraceae - Zagori, Greece

Greek: αγριοράδικο, πικροράδικο, πικραλίδα Cichorium intybus, is a somewhat woody, perennial herbaceous plant usually with bright blue flowers, rarely white or pink. Cichorium intybus has a long tradition of use globally. Historically, chicory was grown by the ancient Egyptians as a medicinal plant, coffee…

Crocus (saffron)

Crocus is a genus in the family Iridaceae. Saffron Crocus grows to 20–30 cm (8–12 in) and bears up to four flowers, each with three vivid crimson stigmas, which are the distal end of a carpel. Together with the styles, or stalks that connect the stigmas to their host plant, the dried stigmas are used mainly in various cuisines as a seasoning and colouring agent. Saffron, long among the world's most costly spices by weight, is native to the Zagori region of Northwestern Greece. The Pindus Mt. slopes turn purple in fall when the flower blooms.

Greek: κρόκος Crocus is a genus in the family Iridaceae. Saffron Crocus bears up to four flowers, each with three vivid crimson stigmas, which are the distal end of a carpel. Together with the styles, or stalks that connect the stigmas to their host plant,…

Urtica urens

Urtica urens, can be collected in the mountains of Epirus in the Zagori region, within the National Park of Vikos-Aoos, during spring time. A smaller and rarer subspecies can be found in higher altitudes of about 1500m during spring and autumn

Greek: Τσουκνίδα Urtica urens, a herbaceous annual plant species of the genus Urtica that abounds in the mountainous region of Zagori in Northern Greece. It  can be found almost everywhere, by the paths, treks, gardens, meadows … Urtica urens, commonly known as annual nettle, dwarf…