Archive for March 13th, 2015

A better view


Costas Andreou photographed the bad weather from the side of Mount Palouki. Pretty impressive.

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This is a heads-up for the much-touted ‘total’ eclipse of the sun next Friday morning, March 20. While the ‘totality’, or complete eclipse, will only be visible from northerly climes such as Svalbard and the Faroe Islands, much of the northern hemisphere will see a near-complete eclipse. According to our groovy animated GIF, courtesy of A. T. Sinclair, our homies at NASA and Wiki Commons, Greece will enter the penumbra around 8.30am, and exit it at around 10.40am [In fact, we didn’t allow for the GMT/UTC differential: it’s 10.40am-12.50pm. See Comments – Ed.]. During this time the sky will go dark (around 600 years ago Cristóbal Colón used this to trick the people of Hispaniola into believing that he had god-like powers), the temperature will drop, and solar power systems around Europe will experience outages. You can read more about it, and see a larger version of the animation, at its Wiki page. We’ll be running a reminder nearer the time, but as ever you are advised to avoid viewing the event directly through any magnifying device.

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She makes my day

Dr. Suzan Warren has created the fabulous website Wild Flowers of Skopelos.

The website brings together three interests: wild flowers, photography and Greece, in particular the island of Skopelos, where she and her husband have had a house for over ten years. It has also introduced her to a new interest, geology.

Suzan was here two weeks ago to find new flowers and she has added them to her website. There are now over a hundred!
We thank her for all the efforts she makes describing and photographing the flora of Skopelos, but Suzan says: “I have a long way to go and I realize I may never complete it. I intend to include all seed plants – conifers (gymnosperms) and flowering plants (angiosperms). I will not only add plants which are rare and beautiful but also the common and ordinary.”
This is the Facebook page of wildflowers of Skopelos: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Wild-Flowers-of-Skopelos/484886151623009 flower
(This photo was published on Suzan’s facebook page. The flower is Campanula Scopelia, named after the island; it is found growing wild only on Skopelos and Alonissos and nowhere else in the world.)

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