Tuesday, 27 June 2017

DESKTOP 1428 - AEGINA, GREECE

Aegina is one of the Saronic Islands of the Saronic Gulf in Greece, 27 km from Athens. Tradition derives the name from Aegina, the mother of Aeacus, who was born on and ruled the island. During ancient times, Aegina was a rival to Athens, the great sea power of the era. The capital is the town of Aegina (population ≈8,000), situated at the northwestern end of the island. Due to its proximity to Athens, it is a popular quick getaway during the summer months, with quite a few Athenians owning holiday houses on the island.

This post is part of the Our World Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Ruby Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Travel Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Wordless Wednesday meme.

Monday, 26 June 2017

DESKTOP 1427 - TIMBER

Old timber bleached by time and weather would tell a few stories if it could talk...

Friday, 23 June 2017

DESKTOP 1424 - HOPE

Hope sustains us in our darkest days and hope warms us in our coldest nights. Hope heals our wounds and hope makes our inner deserts begin to sprout with green again. - NJV

This post is part of the Weekend Green meme,
and also part of the Friday Photo Journal meme.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

DESKTOP 1422 - XYLOKASTRO, GREECE

Xylokastro (Greek: Ξυλόκαστρο) is a seaside town and a former municipality in Corinthia in the Peloponnese, Greece. The name of the town means "wooden castle" in Greek. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Xylokastro-Evrostina, of which it is a unit or component. The municipal unit has an area of 310.252 km2. In 2011 its population was 5,715 for the town and 13,277 for the municipal unit.

Geographic features include a large beach and semi-arid forests on varied terrain, scattered with early churches and evidence of early settlements and religious sites. It has narrowly separated upper and lower coastal roads and forms a medium-sized touristic resort on the Gulf of Corinth.

This post is part of the ABC Wednesday meme,
and also part of the Outdoor Wednesday meme,
and also part of the Wordless Wednesday meme.


Monday, 19 June 2017

DESKTOP 1420 - LEAF LITTER

The plane trees ling our street have lost nearly all of their leaves by now and the leaf litter keeps everyone in the neighbourhood busy: Raking, collecting, composting, mulching... But before one cleans up, there are plenty of photo opportunities!

This post is part of the Through my Lens meme,
and also part of the Seasons meme.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

DESKTOP 1419 - CHINESE GARDEN

The Chinese Garden of Friendship was built as a symbol of the friendship between Sydney and Guangzhuo in China, to mark Australia’s bicentenary in 1988. The garden was designed and built by Chinese landscape architects and gardeners following the Taoist principles of 'Yin-Yang' and the five opposite elements—earth, fire, water, metal and wood. These principles also stress the importance of Qi, the central force of life and energy.

Yin-Yang plays such a vital role that just one missing element would disrupt the garden's harmony and balance. However when combined perfectly, the five elements form a fluid and nurturing environment. Everything you encounter in the garden has been hand-picked and meticulously placed to capture the five elements and the energy of Qi. Even the buildings meld with the landscape and complement the sinuous lines of the trees and vegetation.

Unlike western-style gardens, there are no planted flowerbeds or manicured lawns. Instead, wild aspects of nature are recreated in landscapes that feature waterfalls, mountains, lakes and forests.The art of Chinese Garden design began in imperial parks during the Shang dynasty 3,000 years ago. Later they flourished on a smaller scale in the private gardens of China's rich and powerful. Darling Harbour’s Chinese Garden of Friendship is a small-scale version of a typical private garden from this era.


This post is part of the My Sunday Best meme,
and also part of the My Sunday Photo meme,
and also part of the Photo Sunday meme.