Heraklion and Knossos.

Heraklion and Knossos, Crete, Greece, 12th to 13th October 2018.
Temporary Post. Brief image descriptions and no commentary.

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I’ve been back but I’m continuing the temporary posts.  What that means is that I’m just processing in Lightroom and ignoring images that I bracketed for exposure or for focus stacking.  There are quite a few of those.  In due course I’ll include those images and others in final posts with details on the subject matter, including history and archaeology.  That may take a while because I expect I’ll finish off final posts for Cuba and the Caribbean (2016) first.

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Venetian fort in Heraklion, from our hotel room.

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Old building in need of roof repair, also from our hotel room, Heraklion.

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Knossos (and following images).

West Porch, I think.

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Recreated murals in South House.

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Original fragment of mural with some recreated surrounds.

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Throne room.

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Minoan Bull mural.

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Storage jars.

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“The Royal Road”.

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Heraklion Archaeological Museum ( and following images).

Monochrome Pithoi, Phaestos, 1600-1450BC.

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Decoration on a jar, Knossos, 1800-1700BC.

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Octopus jar.  The most famous jar decoration of them all, Knossos, 1500BC.

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Bull-leaping fresco, original and restoration, Knossos, 1450BC.

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Gold axe, Arkalochori Cave, 1700-1450BC.

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The Harvester Vase, Hagia Triada, 1450BC.

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The Snake Goddess, Knossos, 1650-1550 BC.

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Funeral urn, Knossos or Eastern Crete, 1700-1450 BC.

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Coffin, Tylissos, Panokklisia, 1370-1300 BC.

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Conversing lovers, detail of vase decoration, Arkades-Afrafi, Archaic period, 7th century BC.

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Heraklion Harbour.

Shells for sale by fisherman.

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Fishing boats.

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Fishing net on the wharf.

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Nighttime concert.

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Thira.

Thira or Thera or Santorini, Greece, 8th to 11th October 2018.
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Oia, near where we were staying, on the first evening.

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Musician on the track to the Red Beach.

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Akrotiri Lighthouse.

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On the way back from the lighthouse.

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Looking down from the cliffs.

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Emporio.

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Perissa.

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Megalochori.

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Ferry leaving to Crete.

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Donkeys returning from the Old Port.

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Oia in the evening.

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Akrotiri.

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Akrotiri Town.

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Near Prehistoric Thera.

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Pyrgos.

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Images from the ferry to Crete while still in the Thira caldera.

The town of Oia on the cliff in the distance looks like snow or guano or sulphur deposits.

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Probably Imerovigli.

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Looking out to sea, into the setting sun.

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Athinios Port at the bottom of the cliff, from whence the ferry leaves.

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Athens.

Athens, Greece, 8th to 11th October 2018.
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Approaching the Parthenon.

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Erechtheion.

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Church of St George and top of Mount Lycabettus, from the Acropolis.

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Erechtheion.

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Down in the distance from the Acropolis, not sure exactly what it is.

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Tops of Parthenon columns.

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Parthenon sculpture.

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Monastaraki street, below the Acropolis.

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Church of St Marina in Thissio.

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Agios Eleftherios Chruch.

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Propylaia (in Acropolis, from a distance).

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Roman Agora (or Forum).

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On the streets of Monastaraki.

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Reconstructed Stoa, Ancient Agora.

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Sculpture in reconstructed Stoa.

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Temple of Hephaistos (460-415 BC).

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Acropolis.

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Painting in old church in Ancient Agora.

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Propylaia at sunset.

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Gold signet ring, the largest surviving Mycenaean signet ring,

National Archæological Museum.

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Mycenæan wall painting from 13th century BC.

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Gold ring depicting religious scene.

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Bronze portrait head from Delos, early 1st century BC.

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Grave stele from Thebes, 5th century BC.

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Self-crowning athlete.  Metal wreath fitted in the holes.  c.460BC.

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Sculpture Garden, NGA

Sculpture Garden, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia, 23 October 2016

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This was a Sunday afternoon where twenty-six of us from the Canberra Photographic Society and community organisation Photo Access undertook a challenge to create Art at the Art Gallery, in my case mainly outside it and in and around the Sculpture Garden.

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All images are infrared.  The first three were in a part of the Sculpture Gardens enveloped in mist while Fujiyo Nakaya’s Fog Sculpture was operating.

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Reflections and views at Fugelman’s Cones.
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Trees and their residents.
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The Tree Fern Garden.
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The Gallery from Outside.
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Outside James Tyrell’s Skyspace.
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James Tyrell’s Skyspace.
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Logically, I should post next for Sydney Blues Festival and the excursion to Point Hicks but the images won’t be ready on time.  So I expect I shall post aerial images between Madagascar and the Falkland Islands next, then the two posts I just mentioned and then the Falklands.  Posting will continue to be slow for a while.

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Salton Sea and Joshua Tree NP.

Salton Sea and Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA, 1 October 2016

Temporary post. Images only. Not even image descriptions.

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This has been my last temporary post on the trip to Mexico, Guatemala, California, Cuba and the Caribbean.

I will return to make final posts in some months.  Before that I will make the final posts for the Falkland Islands, South Georgia Island and the Atacama Desert.  Currently, though, I am only posting once each week because I am otherwise occupied.  Last weekend I went down to Sydney as official photographer at the Sydney Blues Festival and I now have 3,700 images to process from that.  The weekend after next, I am leading a Canberra Photographic Society photographic excursion to Point Hicks in Victoria, to one of the lighthouses I photographed in 1987 and to the surrounding coastline.  I will also make a few posts in the near future from those and from a visit to the Sculpture Garden at the Australian National Gallery in Canberra.

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Garðar BA 64

Day 55 . 22nd August, Patreksfjörður and Rauðasandur, Iceland (Vestfirðir or West Fjords)

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From Stykkishólmur I took the ferry to Barðastrandarvegur.  I had intended to next take a short journey to the north-east, to the area around Flókalundur, where there may have been good views.  Since it was raining and I still had a fair distance to travel that afternoon, I omitted that trip.  However, this is where Flóki Vilgerðarson stayed for a winter in 870-871.  He was not the discoverer of Iceland; that was probably Pytheas, a Greek explorer from Massilia (now Marseilles), in 325BC.  Flóki was not the first man to stay in Iceland; Irish monks were already there.  He was not the first Scandanavian; Naddoður from Norway was the first to encounter it and Garðar Svavarsson from Sweden had stayed for a winter around 850, circumnavigated the island and named it Garðarshólmi.  Flóki, though, was the person who gave Iceland its name.  This is how it came about:

Flóki sailed from Norway via the Pharoes with his family and some friends.  He took three ravens with him to help him navigate.  The first flew back to the Pharoes, the second flew around and then landed back on deck and the third flew off to the north-west.  He sailed in that direction, found Garðarshólmi and subsequently became known as Hrafna-Flóki (or Raven-Floki).  It was summer and he was so enamoured of the abundant fishing and hunting that he neglected to make winter hay for his animals.  In the ensuing harsh winter they all starved.  In the spring, Flóki climbed up the nearby mountain Lonfell where he was able to see to the south over Breiðafjörður and to the north-west over Arnarfjörður.  Arnarfjörður was covered in pack ice.  The climate was much colder then and Arnarfjörður these days would be almost always ice-free all through winter.  When he returned to Norway, Flóki expressed his dissatisfaction by naming the land Iceland.  His companions gave more favourable accounts and Flóki’s excursion was the spark that led to settlement.

Actually, there is an ancient cairn on top of Lonfell that may even have been built by Flóki.  He was known to build cairns and for most of the settlement period, mountain tops were believed to be inhabited by trolls and demons and therefore avoided.

The naming of Greenland by Eric the Red is an interesting contrast.  Eric’s father had been banished from Norway for manslaughter and Eric in turn was declared an outlaw for three years for killing a few people too many.  Being an outlaw meant that anyone could kill you and would then take over all your property.  So Eric sailed off to Greenland.  It had been discovered before and there had already been an unsuccessful settlement attempt.  Eric sailed up the west coast and found a place that appeared to be permanently ice free at that time.  Later he returned to encourage more settlers.  Channelling a potential future vocation as a used car salesman, he called it Greenland.

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Back to the journey.  From Barðastrandarvegur I headed towards Breiðavik and on the way encountered this abandoned ship, somewhat dissociated from the sea.

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The map shows key places I visited.  You can see a small label above Barðastrandarvegur (especially if you click on the map to see it larger) and that is Flókalundur, where Flóki landed.  The fjord to the north-west is Arnarfjörður.  The pin by the label for Breiðavik is actually Látrabjarg, the nearby bird cliffs where huge numbers of puffins may be found in season.

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On the way I found Garðar BA 64 in Patreksfjörður.  As the sign says, this is the oldest steel ship in Iceland, built in 1912 and run up here in 1981.

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Garðar BA 64, History, Iceland, Landscape, Nature, Patreksfjörður, Photography, Rauðasandur, Sculpture, seascape, Travel, Vestfirðir .

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Garðar BA 64, History, Iceland, Landscape, Nature, Patreksfjörður, Photography, Rauðasandur, Sculpture, seascape, Travel, Vestfirðir .

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Garðar BA 64, History, Iceland, Landscape, Nature, Patreksfjörður, Photography, Rauðasandur, Sculpture, seascape, Travel, Vestfirðir

After Garðar, I took a detour to a view of Rauðasandur, or Red Sand Beach, as shown here and in the following images.

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Garðar BA 64, History, Iceland, Landscape, Nature, Patreksfjörður, Photography, Rauðasandur, Sculpture, seascape, Travel, Vestfirðir .

Garðar BA 64, History, Iceland, Landscape, Nature, Patreksfjörður, Photography, Rauðasandur, Sculpture, seascape, Travel, Vestfirðir .

Garðar BA 64, History, Iceland, Landscape, Nature, Patreksfjörður, Photography, Rauðasandur, Sculpture, seascape, Travel, Vestfirðir .

From Rauðasandur, I proceeded to Breiðavik but it was dark by the time I arrived so no photographs from there for that night.