The light in Crete

This is a rather self indulgent post, highlighting one of the reasons, I love living here. It is simply about light and colour.

In a period of 5 days on a trip to Triopetra, near Agia Galini, I captured with my camera the different blues, greens, silvers and greys of the sea and the reds, yellows and oranges of the sunsets, sometimes taking the same shot in different lights and times of day and getting dramatic and stunning differences in the colours, of the same view. What we saw was, of course, even better but pictures are a wonderful way of reminding you of the moment you were there and of how, with the same walk, things can look so different, depending on the weather, the time of day and the light.

049John and I had been to the taverna Apanemia earlier in the summer and it was my choice to spent a few more days there over my birthday. I think it is a perfect place for someone like me who appreciates lovely beaches, a warm sea, a friendly and hospitable taverna, simple food,  a nice room and some walking. Every morning, I woke up to sunshine and warmth and then went for a swim.

Then we would find a spot in a quiet, sandy beach and while away a few hours. I would occasionally stir myself for a walk up on the sand dunes, pick up a few pretty stones or admire some pretty flowers which were still coming out, even at this time of the year.

Later we would come back to the room, have a quiet read and go for an evening stroll, maybe discovering  a small church

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or climbing to the top of some cliffs and look down on ‘our’ taverna and beach in one direction

016and the other Triopetra beach  on the other side

019After that, I definitely felt we deserved a good meal and a few glasses of wine.

There is a local yoga centre nearby and I can understand why they chose this spot. There is no stress, only peace. And it seemed that yoga also involves exercise in the water.

Of course, providing this idyllic existence means that the staff and owner of the taverna are not experiencing the same emotions as myself, particularly at the end of a busy season! But they still managed to create a very relaxing environment and here, Andreas, one of the waiters helps us put up the sun shade in our little terrace.

AThe only day here the routine varied, was on my birthday – receiving cards and presents, drinking fizzy wine in the largest glass I could find,

030eating a cake from the taverna

047and feeling good about all the best wishes from around the world through facebook. But really, the day was pretty similar to the rest (only slightly better!) and I loved it.

Just before we left , there was a magnificent contrast of colour from our own house,

and this rather summed up our stay in Triopetra.

From our room we saw the rocks which give Triopetra, (πέτρα meaning rock) it’s name. I took a number of photos because I felt I was taking a different picture each time.

Then there were the sunsets

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And the different colours of the sea

008I can never get tired of the range of blues.

Sheila

 

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16 thoughts on “The light in Crete

  1. Mairi Marlborough

    Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous – love you sharing the sunshine with us and these are super photos – what camera do you use?

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    1. sheilahwood Post author

      The camera is an Olympus SH-60 which is essentially an ordinary camera with a really good zoom. It has settings for landscape, flowers etc which I use occasionally but this is a good camera for a lazy owner of it! Glad you like the photos though. It is a very beautiful place.

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  2. Veronica Willins

    ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS The photos are STUNNING and the sunsets EXQUISITE!! What a way to spend your BIRTHDAY and the cake at the Taverna looked scrummy and you looked so good all dressed up and hair done special- makes a change from the nice casuals!! The colours are fantastic all different especially the skies and the water! Was almost like being there and so good of you to share with us mere mortals! Thank you ,Sheila!
    We had the end of season tennis do last Saturday and it went well especially the Salsa dancing and Cha,Cha,Cha demonstrated by Lily(Judge)our Secretary and her husband Jim who are most proficient! They usually are to be found on the big cruise liners doing this very thing- a great way to get around!!
    Take care , keep well both of you- no more visitors for awhile or are there!?

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    1. sheilahwood Post author

      It’s always great to hear from you, Veronica. I just love your enthusiasm. It is a delight to share photos when you get a response like yours. Thank you so much. I’m really sorry to miss the salsa dancing. I saw a picture or two on facebook and it looked like people were all dressed up. Just had an old colleague of mine from Aberdeenshire and his wife to stay for a few days last week but the diary is free for a while. We are back to Greek classes so need to keep brain free for that! Keep well too and hope you have been on the tennis courts recently.

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  3. christel osmann

    Thank you for sharing such stunning photo’s,My sister and I were in Crete in September and the scenery was just breathtaking….

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    1. sheilahwood Post author

      You are right in that It is really the scenery that is so wonderful. I do just point the camera.

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    1. sheilahwood Post author

      That sounds pretty serious for a not very serious ‘photographer’ but look forward to hearing what it involves!

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    1. sheilahwood Post author

      This life is easier and more fun than ‘the good life’ in Aberdeenshire. That involved serious work!!!

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  4. pondbug

    Nice blog Sheila, and that Taverna certainly looked idyllic. Seems we’ve both been appreciating colour in our blogs – you’re right about the real thing being best as I find it hard to keep the actual colours in the photos

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    1. sheilahwood Post author

      Just read your last post. The detail and the pictures were brilliant and of course, I could understand Corrie’s confusion! So glad that you are clearly on the mend. I did like your thoughts on the NHS. It makes me feel sick to think the Tories want to squander something so precious and so important to people’s lives!

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  5. Vince and Rosie

    Nice to hear from you Sheila. Great photos. Look forward to seeing you next month. Love and to the near septuagerian V and R

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  6. Bridget Hauffe

    Dear Sheila, Fabulous pictures; how about publishing a book that would attract tourists to Crete. To avoid being inundated, you don’t have to tell them where exactly you took them. Hope that you are at least archiving them . Stay close together ! Love to you both, Herb.

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