Springtime poppies by the sea

by Stefan Fletcher April. 02, 2009 5459 views

It’s been an unusually dark, wet winter. You can see for yourself: the poppies under the pine trees were taken in the third week of March last year. Those you can see sprouting out here were taken today.

And yes, a week counts, especially when it's rain in a country famous for not having any.

Today was the first day this year to hint at summer. The air in the town centre was heady with the scent of wild orange blossom, mingled with a hint of teargas thanks to the general strike. A friend wanted out of the town and me to drive her car. This being Greece, we didn’t leave until lunch time, which meant grilled fish by the sea with the sun burning off a winter of rain and riots. I’m going to miss this place.

Above all, I’m going to miss the colours. Spring runs all too quickly into hot, dry summers of bad sleep and bad air. There’s a reprieve in autumn, which often becomes a second spring. And I won’t be here to enjoy it.

Anyway, I hope you like these. I was too busy enjoying myself to make any attempt at serious images, but feel free to criticise, especially you, Claude.

Last year's poppies redder and earlier

This year's coming up slowly, but amazingly, right by the sea. (The shadow is me - sorry)

Poppies growing by the sea. In two weeks this will be a carpet of red and yellow

Close to the original Marathon, with the island of Euboea on the other side

Another carpet of flowers beneath olive trees

Romantic abandoned shepherd's hut by the sea. Was doing the whole “isn't the countryside beautiful?” thing until I nearly got run over a flock of crazed, reeking ovines (yes, without the b) and a flatulent donkey.

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Teo 10 years, 7 months ago

#1 is my fav!

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Archanashrestha 10 years, 7 months ago

very nice!

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Hong S 10 years, 8 months ago

I like the #1 flower,im tring to plant it, hope it will grow,,:P

10 years, 8 months ago Edited
Crisu 10 years, 8 months ago

i simply love #2

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Soulcurry 10 years, 8 months ago

I love the whole set, but #4 does something to me. So peaceful... so... blue!

10 years, 8 months ago Edited
Mike 10 years, 8 months ago

Great shots!!

10 years, 8 months ago Edited
Mikkal Noptek 10 years, 8 months ago

Charmant paysage de Grèce avant le rouleau compresseur de la chaleur de l'été.

10 years, 8 months ago Edited
Emme Tan 10 years, 8 months ago

i m not good in taking landscape... i have a lot more to learn when come to composition. Love 1, 4, 5.

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Jeff Hubbard 10 years, 8 months ago

4 and 7 are the most appealing for me. I can see Durrel and Miller there, chewing the literary fat and swigging the retsina.

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Jarvo J 10 years, 8 months ago

Great shots. I look forward to seeing more poppy shots, but you say you are going to miss the place - does that mean you are not going back?

ps - You have something to tell me anout Magritte ;-)

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Dorothe 10 years, 8 months ago

WOW! Beautiful pics! Wonderful country!

10 years, 8 months ago Edited
Ahmad Khani 10 years, 8 months ago

Nice :)

10 years, 8 months ago Edited
Brian 10 years, 8 months ago

Flower pictures from Stéfan? I thought I remember something about sour grapes:) These are great. I think I like your not serious side!

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