Crete - Greece
Handcrafted traditional Ceramics found in a small herbal tea shop in the mountains of southern Crete. The colours were incredible and it was a fascinating place to visit and have some tea while you gazed across the surrounding vistas below
A perspective shot from inside the grounds of a small chapel in a mountain village called Spilli in Southern Crete. A wonderful and traditional set of buildings sat in the shadow of a small mountain, it is quite a spiritual place that has a very welcoming feel for all visitors
A Photo capturing several of the lion head fountains at the small town of Spili, these fountains run water into the village from a fresh mountain spring located nearby. The locals rely on this source and it is believed that the water has healing qualities with many visitors looking for relief from various ailments.
Sat in the harbour waiting. The coastguard's boat is extremely fast and nimble making it an ideal vessel to cover the large area's of open water as well as pursuing other boats if required. Taken at Agia Galini harbour in Crete, Greece
Looking back down towards the Mediterranean Sea from the Kourtaliotiko Gorge, This is a truly awe inspiring area of southern crete with many view points from which to take in the natural beauty of the island
A Photo taken from atop the sea defenses of Kokkinos Pyrgos harbour wall, Looking back along the bay there is a lovely mix of colours.
Travelling through the Kourtaliotiko Gorge can be a dangerous task with very loose rocks set high up into the crumbling facade of the mountains, The Gorge gets its name from the greek word Kourtala (the sound of clapping) that can be heard as wind rushes through the caves and breaks the sound barrier.
A Photo taken from a small outcrop between the beaches of Souda and Plakias in southern Crete, It is a picturesque area and the mountains that surround the bay offer some much needed shade during the day
This amazing building is set directly into the overhanging cliff within the Kourtaliotiko Gorge in southern Crete, Although not easily accessable it is used daily by greek worshippers and is open to the public to view inside, the rock face has been cut away inside to allow for more space.
A lovely boat sat in the harbour of Agia Galini in Crete. Given a watercolour painting effect
An Archway located at a Greek chapel, hidden away in the mountains
A view of Agia Galini's harbour, a small village in southern Crete that has become a very popular tourist destination but retains all the charm of a traditional Cretan community. Taken in the late morning the photo is from the far side of the harbour looking back at the bars and restaurants lining the waters edge.
A view from Big Triopetra a beach located just west of the small village of Akoumia, The sea mist was rolling in and slowly obscuring the mountains in the distance, it had the appearance of them dissipating into thin air
The row of tavernas along the harbour front of Agia Galini in Southern Crete are always alive with the sounds of family's enjoying a meal out or a few drinks, This small village has been used as a fishing port for centuries and has ties to several archeological sites located nearby.
Looking back across the harbour at the little villiage of Agia Galini in Southern Crete, This small villiage has been used as a fishing port for centuries and has ties to several archeological sites located nearby.
The pathway leading around Zaros Lake in Crete makes for a peaceful walk with the exception of a vast number of wasp nests just above where this photo was taken. The lake itself is a picturesque and isolated body of water in an otherwise quite dry landscape
Taken from high up the mountain at the exit of the Rouvas Gorge in Crete this photo shows Zaros Lake and then looks out across the expanse of olive groves down the Southern Coast. Zaros Lake is famous in crete as the source of one of the most widely used bottles waters on the island and throughout Greece
Olive Tree's are in huge abundance in Crete, This is partly down to olives being the biggest export for the country but also as a result of them being unbelievably hardy trees. They crop up in the most unusual spots and manage to root themselves sufficiently to endure the blistering heat. This particular tree was found roughly 80 meters up a cliff growing sideways out from the rock face
This is the dead flower bloom of an Agave plant, closely related to Aloe Vera the plants have similar appearances although Agaves are monocarpic meaning that they die after flowering once. This can take up to 30-40 years to happen. This photo was taken in the Rouvas Gorge, Southern Crete
This was taken looking out across the mountains from Agia Galini in Southern Crete with a black and white filter applied.
This photo of the ocean in Crete was taken during a thunderstorm and as the clouds broke apart the sun lit up a stunning array of blues, the photo has been given a very light painted effect to soften the waves
A lovely array of handmade Cretan instruments including Lyra, Violin and Laouto (Cretan Lute) found in a back alley outside the craftsmans house in Rethymnon, Western Crete.
A colourful fishing boat owned by a local fisherman in Agia Galini, Crete. It gets a fresh coat of paint every year to ensure its the brightest boat in the harbour, Given a painted effect
Around Rethymnon Harbour there are many art installations including this one that looks quite imposing with the storm clouds coming in overhead
A cat making full use of the comfiest spot on the farm.
Snow on the mountains provides the backdrop to water reflecting the taverna lights across the bay at Agia Galini, Crete.
Two men having a conversation while looking out over the coastline of Northern Crete, taken from the island of Spinalonga.
Looking down from the wall of Spinalonga Island, over the Sea of Crete and along its northern shores. The island itself is steeped in history, from being a valuable Roman trade hub in the north, to a Leper Colony and eventually a renowned tourist attraction and the basis of several novels.
A Frond (Palm Tree Foliage) washed up on the shore having drifted across the water during a storm
Taken from the hills above Zaros Lake in southern Crete, The Monastary is remote but very well maintained and is used daily by the locals.
The structures seen here on Spinalonga Island were built by the lepers that were sent here between 1903-1957, the island had been used previously in venetian times and was a busy trade hub and eventually occupied by the Ottomans. When the lepers were sent to the island they were forced to build thier own dwellings and for many years to fend for themselves. Today the island can be explored by tourists and holds a truly amazing story
The lonely boat, cast adrift on a seemingly endless ocean, given a light watercolour effect
A moody look at the harbourside tavernas and fishing boats lining the Rethymnon waterfront. Given a monochrome finish to enhance the clouds and sunrays
A Watercolour painting effect applied to a monochrome image of Agia Galini harbour.
Looking down on the ancient city of Rethymnon. A unique view of this historical location allows you to see some of the older landmarks that have survived the surge of new buildings being built to meet modern day demands
A shot of the island of Spinalonga taken from a boat, well known as a leper colony between 1903-1957 but has also been a hub for trade and used as a stronghold by both the roman empire and the ottomans
The long abandoned buildings photographed here on Spinalonga Island were built by the lepers that were sent here between 1903-1957, the angle of the photo makes the rooftops appear like waves rolling over.
This lovely bicycle is a permanent fixture against the railing opposite a popular taverna in Agios Nikolaus. The floral pattern is fading but its charm appears to be enhanced day by day
In Greek Mythology, Amalthea was the nurse of Zeus while he was a child and away from his father, one day while playing with the young Zeus he broke off her horn, as a means of apology he made the horn always full of whatever she desired, it became known as the Horn of Amalthea or The Cornucopia, a symbol of abundance. The sculpture can be found at Agios Nikolaus on the east coast of Crete.
The cliffs at Matala in Southern Crete sloping into the sea, the rock face here is renowned for the holes that have been bore out by hand and used as dwellings in times gone and in more recent years had been used by people following the 'Hippie Movement'
A field of Barley growing in Crete, as always there are Olive Trees dotting the scene and offering some shade to the surounding plants
The moon shining over the bay from Matala to The small fishing town of Agia Galini, Southern Crete
Phaestos was a Minoan Palace and was the second most important Minoan City after Knossos. The ruins that can be seen today are from the palace built in 1700BC, the original structures dated back much earlier but were destroyed. The Steps here are produced using a material called Gypsum which today is a common mineral found in Chalk and Drywall but was used as a luxurious building material by the Minoans.
Looking down onto Agia Nikolaos from a taverna set up on the cliffs that surround the town. It is a superb place to visit and has much to offer tourists and locals alike