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The Arc of Gaius Galerius Valerius Maximianus, Emperor of Rome in Thessaloniki, capital of Central Macedonia, Greece

A small christian orthodox chapel above Klimataria beach, Sithonia, Greece

Veranda of an abandoned hotel in Porto Koufo

The Rotunda of Galerius with its 1,600 year old cupola decorated with mosaics from Byzantium era.

Beach umbrella and beds in Tourkolimnionas beach

A Byzantine fountain in the crypt of Agios Demetrios Basilica in Thessaloniki

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Destination: the Holy Mountain

Modern Greeks

 

Modern Greeks

Sunday morning 7am at the Greek Orthodox Church, bells across our street.

Waiting for thirsty tourists for breakfast at the Beach bar

Every evening a new show: her balcony in front of the only place in town

Boys playing the bouzouki at the beach, such lucky chance!

Ugly and tasteful vegetables of Sikias

Pelagic Greek – from Ancient Greek πέλαγος (pélagos), meaning ‘open sea’

Click each picture to zoom in. Underwater pictures show with Olympus Though1 or Huawei P40 Pro. Previous episodes:

Destination: the Holy Mountain

Destination: the Holy Mountain

The easternmost leg of Chalkidiki peninsula (Central Macedonia, Greece) takes its name: Mount Athos, Agion Oros, the Holy Muntain is there waiting for us… already from the early sunrise hours.

And it will wait for long, as no woman is allowed, the documents necessary to cross its border must be requested six months in advance and an Orthodox travel companion is recommended (in the picture below, Saint Athanasios of Alexandria, XVth century).

This year I got all but the documents: my visit to this autonomous polity, home to more than 20 monasteries and cradle of the reborn Eastern Orthodox Church must be postponed.

Still,  I wake up every morning in Sikias, placed on the eastern shores of the middle leg (aka Sithonia) of Chalkidiki peninsula: the Holy Mountain and its treasures are always there in front of me.

I will see Mount Athos across the Singitic gulf for 14 days…

… and 14 nights, with an astonishing bright Milky Way passing just above its 2,033 meter peak.. but I will never reach it, or will I?

There is also a westernmost leg of Chalkidiki peninsula (if you were wondering why Sithonia is the middle leg) that is called Kassandra, but nothing will be written about Kassandra in this travel across the North Agean Sea.

Pictures shot with Nikon D800 and Huawei P40 Pro. Lens and mount for astrophotography: Sigma 14 mm f/1.8 and iOptron Skyguider Pro. Click each picture to zoom in.

 

Remember Neowise

The distance of Comet NEOWISE from Earth is now 143,663,347 kilometers


A few weeks ago it was closer to Zurich and I got the opportunity to shoot it from a city park. Here with a 14 mm f/1.8

It will come back in 6,800 years. Here I shot it with a 200 mm f/2.8

Let’s remember its proton thin but straight tail, as you can see in this cropped picture shot with the aid of a Skyguider pro mount. And its dusty white bent tail, too.

Pictures shot from Zurich. Click each picture to zoom in,

 

 

Credit vertigo

This Credit Suisse modern builduing in North Zurich as playground for my new Sigma 14 mm f/1.8

Sky shot between the towers

Reflections through twin builduings

Subjective tower

Pictures shot in the surroundings of Credit Suisse in Oerlikon, Zurich, Switzerland. Click each picture to zoom in.

The Milky Way above Zurich

The Milky Way is visible above Zurich with a 20 to 30 second long picture shot from a dark surrounding. Saturn chasing Jupiter in the middle quadrant

From Zurich downtown the light pollution is too high for the Milky Way, stars are still visible

The night sky above urban parks show stars like this Cassiopeia in the center.

Southwards on the lake shores, just out of Zurich, the Milky Way is visible again

From dark spots along the lake Zurich it is possible to shoot galaxies like this Andromeda with a mid range tele-objective, like the Nikon 70-200 mm f/2.8. Above it, the galaxy M110

A great spot for shooting night-scapes and the Milky Way is the public park at the lake shores Zurihorn, facing South-West.

Pictures shot on a tripod with Sigma 14 mm f/1.8 and Nikon D800. Click each picture to zoom in,

 

 

A wide angle of view

A new wide angle of view with Sigma 14 mm f/1.8 – click each picture to zoom in.

Life in plastic

William Tell monument, Altdorf, Uri

Railway station, Sion, Vallis

Sargans Castle, Sargans, Sankt Gallen

Piazza Grande, Locarno

Saint Nicholas Cathedral, FRibourg

Is fantastic. PIctures shot at the Swiss miniature, TIcino, Switzerland

 

Shooting wildlife

Red bird, unidentified

Marmots, 2 (!)

Blu bird, unidentified

Termites, red.

Nocturnal chamois.

Animals shot in the Swiss National Park. Click each picture to zoom in

Primary colors of Engadin

Across the Flüela pass

Deep windows of Engadin houses

Snow peaks in the Swiss national park

Towards Müstair

Pictures shot between Flüela Pass and Müstair, Graubünden, Switzerland

 

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