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 Post subject: Walking to work
PostPosted: Tue Jan 23, 2007 1:00 am 
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Yesterday we visited a new village for the first time. The weather was beautiful and we enjoyed a great day making new friends on the way.

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The village in hills. It was about a 4 hour walk along windy paths and roads in beautiful countryside.


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One of the older buildings. The bottom floor is traditionally for animals but that is not very common now. Note the satellite dish.


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This is how the local women dress. A lot of our work at this time is research and making friends.


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Lunch break always includes playing music. The pointy hill in the background is halfway to home.


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This is a spring we found on the way. In the local language springs are called 'vodna mayka'which means water mother.


We hope to see a church planted here one day.


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Wow, what a beautiful pictures! Must be wonderful to walk in a place like that. God bless you


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Very cool!

Hey guys, if you ever want to put one of Adrian's photos on your computer screen background (desktop) just right-click it here and a menu should pop up with an option about setting the desktop or wallpaper, or something like that. It depends on your version of Windows. I'm not sure how to accomplish it on a Mac.

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how could we miss the satelite dish? what is up with the roof shingles though? they look like recycled roll roofing. in the picture of the spring, the lichen was very pretty and of a kind that i had never seen before. it looks rubbery.

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Also wondering how people get around .,... no cars that I can see ... is walking the normal way in the outlying vil.?

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Jim Wright wrote:
Also wondering how people get around .,... no cars that I can see ... is walking the normal way in the outlying vil.?


Walking is the norm so that the area is completly silent apart from animal sounds. I could hear a bee fly past several yards away! There are surfaced roads made a couple of years ago with EU funding. Donkeys are used by some and there are also a few pickup trucks (not sure what the American term is).

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Mule. The better off families have a mule or donkey.



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School transport. A few moments earlier this pickup truck was jam packed with school kids.


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mutepointe wrote:
how could we miss the satelite dish? what is up with the roof shingles though? they look like recycled roll roofing. in the picture of the spring, the lichen was very pretty and of a kind that i had never seen before. it looks rubbery.


The roofs on traditional houses like the one in the earlier post are stone. Here is a closer example.

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Cheap and simple concrete houses are more the norm now as Greece is an earthquake zone and sadly houses with stone walls and heavy stone roofs fall in and easily kill people .

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the lichen was very pretty and of a kind that i had never seen before. it looks rubbery.


I wonder if you are referring to what we call moss, the green plant on the rock. It is very pretty I agree. There is what we call lichen around but mostly it is found on older trees. I'm very aware that American and British English often uses words differently. You can see a couple of forms of the symbiotic lichen on the roof picture if you look closely.

Thanks for your interest.


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The peace and quiet would be nice ... Hope you and Adrian realize how fortunate you are in being able to work and live in such a place. You can wake up in a different world every day ... almost like stepping back in time.

Do they have the little carts for the mules to pull .. that people ride in? Or .. are the animals for the fields?

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Jim Wright wrote:
Do they have the little carts for the mules to pull .. that people ride in? Or .. are the animals for the fields?


Your question reminded me of this photo:

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That's fantastic. I nearly fell off my chair from laughing.

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They use them as beasts of burden and to plough but occasionally they pull carts.


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Well Adrian.....WHY IS IT THAT YOUR PHOTOS ALWAYS MAKE ME FEEL LIKE THROWING MY OWN CAMERA IN THE BIN :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:
such imagination...the 'roof' picture really floated my boat...Les.


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Revles wrote:
Well Adrian.....WHY IS IT THAT YOUR PHOTOS ALWAYS MAKE ME FEEL LIKE THROWING MY OWN CAMERA IN THE BIN :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:
such imagination...the 'roof' picture really floated my boat...Les.


Please don't throw it in the bin. ;) I have a nice camera now but the pix in this post, like many of mine, are only taken with a relatively cheap Fuji compact. I'm not a great photographer by a long shot, though I enjoy taking pictures. The trick is to always have your camera with you and take lots and lots of pictures. Some fotos will not work out but some will and the more you get used to your camera and to taking pictures the better your pictures will be. One of the keys is to know your camera very well. Use the highest quality settings. Learn to crop and make other minor adjustment with photo software and Bob's your uncle!

There are some real experts on PWA so I'd better be quiet now.


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It helps to be in a very scenic area. :) :)

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RonKiley wrote:
It helps to be in a very scenic area. :) :)

We are dull ... gray ... and grandular .. no sun .. no blooms on trees ... wet looking .... damp. I have even started looking for shots ... and have found zip ...

I think we have to give Adrian a little credit on shot selection ... he has a good eye ... having said that ...

It helps to be in a very senic area! :laughing:

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Jim Wright wrote:
RonKiley wrote:
It helps to be in a very scenic area. :) :)

We are dull ... gray ... and grandular .. no sun .. no blooms on trees ... wet looking .... damp. I have even started looking for shots ... and have found zip ...

I think we have to give Adrian a little credit on shot selection ... he has a good eye ... having said that ...

It helps to be in a very senic area! :laughing:


I disagree. You don't have to live in a scenic area to take photos.

One of the most photographed subjects is people and it is also the most interesting. Women are not the easiest subject to take good portraits of but men are very easy to photograph. You can find people everywhere and the diffused light of overcast weather is perfect for portraits.

If it is wet and you are in a city try some shots at night. These fotos are from Thessaloníki which is one of the ugliest cities in the world. They are not good fotos but they give some ideas. If your city is wet like you said then there will be some nice night pictures.

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Just take pictures of anything. I like texture fotos.

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An old wall


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The surface of a road. You can't get more basic than that. Photograph everything!

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Another wet picture and the city IS ugly by day

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Look for splashes of colour

All the above taken on a cheapie. Just go for it Jim. I DON'T have a 'good eye' I just am willing to take pictures of anything.


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If you keep snapping until the defenses go down, you can get good shots of the ladies, too.

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"Sisters"

(This is a pre-digital era scanned photo.)

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And nothing's duller than a brown southern Christmas, but I caught a shot of my parents' old house that I really like.

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Celebrate the dullness!!

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ConnieS wrote:
If you keep snapping until the defenses go down, you can get good shots of the ladies, too.

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"Sisters"

(This is a pre-digital era scanned photo.)


You can 'feel' the love in that picture.

Pictures can be like music - go deeper than words!


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