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Skiathos (again)

04 Oct

We’ve been fortunate this year, we decided to go to Skiathos (our all time favourite destination) in June due to there being different photographic targets to our usual period of September.

Upon our return however we quickly thought how hard it would be to miss out on the opportunity to go in September too!……….

So having nearly doubled my working hours during July & August we enjoyed another half a month in the sun!…..:)

For a couple of years now we’ve hired transport on the island, thinking of the terrain when off the main road a little 4X4 was in order……….

Probably worth noting at this point are the people we hire this vehicle from, “1st Rent a Car

Odysseas George and Tonia have treated us like royalty from the first day we met, and when they say “you arrive as customers and leave as friends” they really do mean it. During our stay these friends have introduced us to many tavernas and others who have also now become such good friends it is becoming harder to leave…. I can feel another post coming on just for the characters!….:)

We thought a drive out to Mandraki would be nice (It was!…. red-hot, blue sky, top down!) and we parked right by the beach…… first pics of the holiday Sea Daffodil!.. (Sea Lilly, Sand Lilly or even Pancratium Maritimum)…………

Just note that sky!…. In fact this was the day whilst lazing on a sun bed Chrissy suddenly shot up with camera in hand because she’d seen a cloud!…….:)

There are dozens of beaches to visit in Skiathos all very different and therefore suiting different tastes, we tend to prefer somewhere quiet and have found on those days when we don’t need sand the rocky, pebbly beach at Kechria suits us perfectly!…….

(I was going to save this one for Skywatch but can’t resist it!)

That little Taverna on the left of that frame is very welcoming after a 12k drive (probably more so after a 12k walk!) Argiris and Stavrula run this little bar and if you want a beer, a snack or a meal it doesn’t seem to matter what time it is? nine in the morning or nine at night?…. We are friends here too now even to the point of Argiris borrowing camera lenses to try out for his new Nikon purchase, he really does need that 18 X 200 VR!…..:)

Behind this little Taverna is a fresh water stream that rises from a spring about 4k up the valley, being a haven for all sorts of wildlife Chrissy and I can never resist the temptation to take a walk either pre-beer or post-lunch……

Whoever described this as “A Magical Forest” sure got it right!……..

I’m busy right now working more and more hours, not just because Christmas is around the corner, but I do have our next half a month to pay for!…………:))

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4 Comments

Posted by on October 4, 2011 in photography, Wildlife

 

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4 responses to “Skiathos (again)

  1. yvonne ayoub

    October 4, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    Ok, that’s it – I QUIT!
    Absolutely AMAZING shots!

    Seriously Andy, you are in the WRONG profession; a talent like yours should not be any where near a crane – unless it has wings!!!!

    I’m genuinely….utterly……speechless! (for once!)……

    xx

     
    • Andy

      October 4, 2011 at 10:51 pm

      Hi Yvonne,
      Thank you for your kind comment It is appreciated!…..:)

      Unfortunately my talents regarding cranes helps pay for our visit to that golden isle!…. photography is what helps keep me sane between visits!…..)
      However, I’m led to understand that you may have a little more time available next year too, we would love to see more of your work!……

      Love and best wishes for whatever your future holds

      X

       
  2. Pieces of Sunshine

    October 5, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    What a delightful place, beautiful photos. I had never heard of a sea daffodil.

     
  3. Hanne

    October 6, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    I adore your photos from Skiathos and several places look familiar to me 😉 That island is a nice, little gem!

     

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