Friday, December 07, 2007

Island of Hydra #2 : Flora and Fauna

Hydra is famous for typical Flora and Fauna, main reason being the petroleum cars/bikes are not allowed in this ancient island, so they need to have some alternatives.

My most interesting capture was this white pigeon. The contrast against the deep blue Mediterranean attracted me and I took sometime to have a steady shot. We all know that pigeon is emblem of peace, and it might be good enough to serve the purpose of a vehicle, if Hydra was an island of lilliputian creatures of Gulliver travels. But fortunately the inhabitants are normal hardworking humans.

I captured some interesting flora (plants and trees) in this island, starting from sea-shore to the top of the mountains. The half-burnt flower trees in the seaside drew my attention, and again I used the blue background contrast, but no way better than the first one.

Then I came across many cats, dogs, small birds, fishes etc. Cats were fighting to each other but the most intriguing one was the Donkeys. They are mostly serve the vehicle purpose but not by drawing carts as carts are not preferred in rough hilly areas. Just ride them to roam around. I have seen young chaps, local heros were riding the oldest model of communication, keeping the latest mobile in there ear, the most innovative communication tool of this civilization. That was simply outstanding.

The following BW shot is little hazy, but still I like it as it resembles to the Arabian fairy tells (as if Alif Layla is passing through the lanes of Old Middle east civilization). The next one is also caught my eyes because of its Indian look. Hydra is full of flowers and the colorful island will keep me haunting for years.


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22 comments:

niki yokota said...

woow look like heaven!!
yeah im sooo amazed by that beautiful contrast :)
great shots pijush-chan.

Mridula said...

That black and white shot is superb!

GMG said...

Great pictures of Hydra...
Have been back to Greece last month, but got only thunderstorms...
HAve a great weekend!

Pijush said...

@Niki-chan,
Thanks very much for your wonderful comment as usual. Take care and have a nice week ahead.

@Mridula,
Yes I also liked it for its unique look (not that familiar in Europe). Thanks Mridula for dropping by.

@Gil,
Yes, I can remember when you were under the fire and storm in Greece. But Hope you enjoyed Hydra. Thanks and have a nice week ahead.

Rowdy said...

Cool photos. The first one looks pristine.

K M F said...

nice

Sigma said...

The last two pics are specially nice.

"local heros were riding the oldest model of communication"
I think you mean something else :-)

Pijush said...

@Rowdy,
Thanks Mate, first one is one of the favorites of mine, which had given me enough pleasure.

@kmf,
Thanks Mate.

@Sigma,
Glad you liked these shots.
Yes, by oldest model of communication - I mean to say the donkeys :-) It was a funny scene. Thanks for dropping by and Keep smiling.

KP said...

this really gr8 post.....u have good photography skills....:) now this makes me think...i should go to greece someday....;)

backpakker said...

The first pic is lovely..but my favourites are the last two

anits said...

Great photo..lovely...n the black n white photo is superb....hv a nice day pijush

Kostas said...

Very good your photographs from the daily life of persons in the island.
Christmas greetings and wishes for NEW YEAR 2008

rafal said...

nice pictures, Mate! don't forget you took them with 'sold-in-Polish-shop' cam ;-)

don't get lazy! ;-)
keep on blogging!

Best,
Rafal

Mridula said...

Wish you a very happy 2008 Pijush.

Raghu Ram Prasad said...

Oh my dear, Forget your Fear,
Let all your Dreams be Clear,
Never put Tear, Please Hear,
I want to tell one thing in yr ear,
WISHING YOU A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR..

Purnima said...

Loved all the photos..I want to visit Greece now ..:)

Mansi Desai said...

Those look amazing Pijush! let's see when I get to go to greece!:)

-Mansi
http://ideasandgadgets.blogspot.com

GMG said...

Hi Pijush, I’m back after a short break… (imagine where) and look forward to seeing new posts in your blogs...
Missed your comments on my CowParade at Blogtrotter. Now I'm posting on Sofia, Bulgaria. Have you been there while in Greece?
Have a great weekend!

GMG said...

Pijush, everything OK?
We miss your posts and comments... :(
Blogtrotter

Cap d'Agde said...

Great photos. I love Greece and travel there often. Great blog!

Tony said...

WOW great pics, those pics of the hydra's are awesome. I found a site you should post your picks on, its called baraaza.com
Check it out :)

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Beautiful area.