Summer visitor! A bat at the front door

Summer visitor, a bat in Zagori, Greece

Early morning opera …

Mammut borsoni tusks at the Natural History Museum of Milea, Grevena

Mammut borsoni tasks at the Natural History Museum of Milea, Grevena

In 1997 Athanasios Delivos, a local of the village Milea in Grevena Western Macedonia, accidentally discovered a pair of tusks 4,39m long after a heavy rainfall. Following the discovery a team of archaeologists from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki led by Dr. Evaggelia Tsoukala started excavations on…

Crossing Vikos gorge on a sunny spring day!

Crossing Vikos gorge on a sunny spring day!

With Georgia (geozagori.gr) as our expert guide in Vikos-Aoos Geopark, the crossing of the gorge was more than a walk. It was a trip back to time! Quite back actually, when ice ruled the area! Some literature regarding the Geopark (source: European Geoparks Network): Vikos- Aoos…

A yellow crocus flavus heralds early spring in Zagori

Crocus flavus or simply yellow crocus is a species of the Crocus genus belonging to the Iridaceae family. It grows wild on the slopes of Zagori, among other areas in Greece

Crocus flavus or simply yellow crocus is a species of the Crocus genus belonging to the Iridaceae family. It grows wild on the slopes of Zagori, as well as other areas in Greece and the Balkans, and has fragrant bright orange-yellow flowers. It’s size varies between…

The photographic eye of Ruth De Ruwe

Ruth is a photographer that lives and works on the island of Texel in the Netherlands. An island with a population of 13,641 in the province of North Holland which is her greatest inspiration. Her second, a very close second, inspiration, is none other than the Zagori region which she frequently visits to take photogrpahs of the area and stay at her friend's Ritas Hotel Porfyron in Ano Pedina

Ruth is a photographer that lives and works on the island of Texel in the Netherlands. An island with a population of 13,641 in the province of North Holland which is her greatest inspiration. Her second, a very close second, inspiration, is none other than the Zagori…

Autumn colours

Autumn colours in Zagori

Autumn has arrived for good in Zagori and it is a matter of a few weeks before the foliage peaks. A walk through the woods rewarded us with colours but not only …

… And gathering swallows twitter in the skies

The swallows gathered this morning outside my window in Zagori in anticipation of their southbound trip towards their warmer second home

How beautiful the season is now—How fine the air. A temperate sharpness about it. Really, without joking, chaste weather—Dian skies—I never liked stubble-fields so much as now—Aye better than the chilly green of the spring. Somehow, a stubble-field looks warm—in the same way that…

Photographs of Zagori and Vikos-Aoos National park by Costas Zissis

Costas Zissis is a Zagori born photographer who has been documenting the nature of the region for many decades. He knows the area like no other photographer!! Following are some of his photographs shot at different seasons of the year covering the whole region, from the…

Allium ursinum or wild garlic

Allium ursinum, also known as wild garlic or bear leek, is a wild relative of chives and is native to Zagori. The Latin name is due to the brown bear's taste for the bulbs and its habit of digging up the ground to get at them; they are also a favourite of wild boar

Wild garlic also known as ramsons or bear leek, is a wild relative of chives and is native to Zagori. The Latin name is due to the brown bear’s taste for the bulbs and its habit of digging up the ground to get at them;…