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Brighter days

2014-07-04 12.27.37

This was taken by Daniel & Marjolein Jonker about 2 weeks ago. Thanks for the photo!

Indoors if wet…

A particularly violent direct lightning strike on Barramares. Or maybe not...

A particularly violent direct lightning strike on Barramares. Or maybe not…

We only have ourselves to blame, particularly after pooh-poohing a Barramares barista’s suggestion that there might be rain today. He may have got the hours wrong, but arrive it did, towards midnight, we guess from a storm swinging over from Skiathos, where Weather Underground had parked a Thunderstorm Advisory, as it often does.

However, even Weather Underground hadn’t predicted bad weather in the northern Sporades today or any other day this week. Neither had the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research’s Poseidon System, nor the hapless boobies at Weather-Forecast.com. As for those petals at the Athens Uni ICLAMS International High Resolution Forecast, this is how they predicted weather conditions when the sky fell down over Skopelos last night. We’re beginning to think higher tech, like tea leaves.

We see no storms, anywhere: the Athens Uni forecast system at midnight last night

We see no storms, anywhere: the Athens Uni forecast system at midnight last night

A photo of last night’s rain by Costas Andreou

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Blues

blues

Photo by Monica Profumo

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Hidden away in a basement Mrs. Ksanthoula Belzenitis weaves her small carpets and spends her mornings forgetting about her worries. There is no wool in sight but the materials she uses are from old t-shirts and other fabrics. The carpet she is working on now is a request. Only 1 meter long and God knows what they are going to use it for she says.
It was very dark inside but she will not put the light on. That is not part of the deal she said. She only uses the space, not the light.

2014-07-16 08.44.28

Driving through the town on Friday. Everything is for sale!

Not today

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At the risk of putting readers (or viewers) off with another sunrise photo, this picture is of dawn on the day of the big thunderstorm. It is clear that atmospherically something was up.

The impossible view was created by 16 photos ranging from pix taken at the horizontal to pictures, from the same spot, pointed 45º into the sky. Anyway, no one person’s set of eyes could ever take in this much information. You need help from a machine.

Meanwhile…

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Meanwhile Sotiria’s 5 meter cactus (variety unknown to us) puts on its display of flowers. Other cacti around the island are blooming as well including the ubiquitous Prickly Pear, which Theophrastis described in the third century BCE.

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