A glimpse of spring

The first glimpse of spring has yellow colour... Some crocus olivieri wild flowers blossom after the cold months of winter in Zagori, Greece

The first glimpse of spring has yellow colour… The first crocus olivieri wild flowers blossom after the cold months of winter in Zagori, Greece

Egyptian vulture

The Egyptian vulture (Neophron percnopterus) is the smallest of the four species of European vultures. Its small size (wingspan of 180 cm (5.9 ft.) and body length of 60 cm (2.2 ft.)) have lead to its other Bulgarian name: ‘lesser vulture’. The adults have white plumage with black flight feathers and featherless yellow-orange face. The crest of white, pointed feathers gives the bird its typical appearance. The tail is white and wedge-shaped. The young are dark brown with light feather tips. As they mature the dark juvenile feathers are gradually replaced with the typical white of the adults. The bird reaches adult plumage in its fifth or sixth year. In flight it can be mistaken for a white stork. The differences are the wedge-shaped tail and the short legs and neck.

Egyptian vulture or “Asproparis” [Ασπροπάρης in Greek], an almost extinct wild species in the region of Zagori and the National Park of Vikos-Aoos in Greece. The Egyptian vulture (Neophron percnopterus) is the smallest of the four species of European vultures. Its small size (wingspan of…

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.

Crocus olivieri

Crocus olivieri wild flowers in the Zagori region Greece

Crocus olivieri is a fall wild flower in the area of Zagori of the genus Crocus (family Iridaceae).

Truffle hunting in Zagori

Truffle hunting in Zagori Greece

The day started with fog and drizzle but turned out to a be dry one with beautiful autumn colours and clouds. After talking to Katerina over the phone the meeting was set for eastern Zagori where Christos and the three hunting dogs were waiting…

Craterellus cornucopioides

Craterellus cornucopioides, or horn of plenty, is an edible mushroom. It can also be known as the black chanterelle, black trumpet, trompette de la mort (French) or trumpet of the dead. One the many autumn mushrooms in the Zagori region in Greece

Craterellus cornucopioides, or horn of plenty, is an edible mushroom. It can also be known as the black chanterelle, black trumpet, trompette de la mort (French) or trumpet of the dead. The Cornucopia, in Greek mythology, referred to the magnificent horn of the nymph…

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…

Amanita caesarea

Fresh Amanita Caesarea in a forest in the Zagori area in Ioannina

Amanita caesarea, commonly known in English as Caesar’s mushroom, is a highly regarded edible mushroom in the genus Amanita, native to Zagori, Greece. This mushroom was a favorite of early rulers of the Roman Empire hence it’s name Caesarea. It was known to and valued…