October 27, 2011

REDEFINING FALL


Omala Valley, Kefalonia
Omala Valley, Kefalonia
Autumn has a way of creeping up on you and breaking down your natural resistance to the inevitable invasion of winter. It not only bridges seasons, but emotions as well. Its crisp colors compensate for the falling and missing leaves, and its clear skies enable shapes, structures and reflections to become dominant in the landscape. 
Much like redefining time and space....



Omala Valley, Kefalonia
St. Gerassimos bell tower at Omala, Kefalonia
Omala valley, Kefalonia
Omala Valley, Kefalonia

Omala valley, Kefalonia
Omala Valley, Kefalonia

October 21, 2011

WINDING DOWN THE SEASON

cruise ship, Argostoli Kefalonia
Cruise Ship "Armonia" docked in Argostoli, Kefalonia
Only a few more arrivals till mid November...
Cruise season is coming to an end...
Though an October cruise in the Mediterranean is a hit or miss situation
due to weather instability, Wednesday's passengers were luckier than most...
Bright sunshine, clear skies, perfect temperatures...
Only three days after that horrid storm...
October is such a fraud!
Cruise ship at Argostoli, Kefalonia
CS Armonia at Argostoli, Kefalonia

October 18, 2011

I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW, THE RAIN IS GONE

After the storm, Kefalonia
Ambela Vrysi, Kefalonia
 
Ambela Vrysi, Kefalonia
The storm was frightening, the rain overwhelming, and the sight of mud flowing through every creek and crevice was shocking. But the day after was bright, the colors more vibrant than ever, and the flowing water crystal clear, as if never violated by intruding materials and matter. Catharsis, I believe, it is called.

October 14, 2011

CYCLAMEN GALORE

Fall colors of Kefalonia
Cyclamen in bloom, Kefalonia

Just when the earthy, muted tones of October begin to get monotonous, a perky, vibrant color emerges here, there, everywhere. It's cyclamen season!
I remember as a child being fascinated by them. Such a non-basic, unconventional color!
I recall collecting a bunch to present to my grandmother - only to be reprimanded by her, in absolute terror, as she watched me walk in with my gift in hand. Folklore had it that bringing cyclamen into the house would turn sour the new wine that was still fermenting in the basement. Unbelievable! Ironically, now that grandma has long since passed away, and wine no longer ferments in the basement, I have no desire to cut cyclamen.
All I want to do, nowadays, is look and admire....

October 10, 2011

OCTOBER REFLECTIONS

October in Kefalonia
October in Kefalonia
October in Kefalonia
Ambela Vrysi, Kefalonia
"O hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
Tomorrow's wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.
The crows above the forest call;
Tomorrow they may form and go.
O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow.
Make the day seem to us less brief.
Hearts not averse to being beguiled,
Beguile us in the way you know.  
Release one leaf at break of day; 
At noon release another leaf; 
One from our trees, one far away."
-   Robert Frost, October

October 4, 2011

LOCATION PLUS TIME...GIVE OR TAKE 45 MINUTES

October sunset, Kefalonia
October sunset, Kefalonia
The phases and colors of an early October sunset.
Geography and a 45 min. span make all the difference!

Left: Skala Beach at 5:51 pm.

Right:
Upon leaving Skala and heading  towards Ratzakli
at 6:05 pm.


October sunset, Katelios Kefalonia
At 6:15 pm: As the sun has just set, the soft twilight colors that precede dusk, wrap Katelios in purple and violet ambience. True serenity.

October sunset, Kefalonia

At 6:34 pm: Roadside over Sissia Monastery, overlooking Lourdas Bay and St. George's Fortress to the rear right. Orange rules!

October sunset, Kefalonia
At 6:36 pm: Roadside over Sissia Monastery, looking to the left, everything in its right place; the shrine, the moon, the clouds, the purples, the reds, the GOLD...