Saturday, June 15, 2013

Pournari Lake, Arta, Greece


Pournari Lake, Arta, Greece, originally uploaded by TheVRChris.

λίμνη Πουρναρίου-Τζουμέρκα

Στα ορεινά Τζουμέρκα και στο δήμο Αθαμανίας σχηματίστηκε η τεχνητή λίμνη Πουρναρίου. Το φράγμα Πουρναρίου, ολοκληρώθηκε το 1997. Το τεράστιο χωμάτινο φράγμα, δεύτερο σε μέγεθος στην Ελλάδα μετά του Μόρνου είναι χωμάτινο, πλάτους βάσης 450 μέτρων και ύψους 107 μέτρων.
Αναπτύσσουμε στις όχθες της λίμνης τα διθέσια και μονοθέσια kayak έτοιμα για να επιβιβαστούμε και να αρχίσουμε την εξερεύνηση μας. Μετά από μια σύντομη ενημέρωση πλοήγησης από τους συνοδού μας αισθανόμαστε τα σκάφη μας να σκίζουν τα γαλαζοπράσινα νερά της λίμνης. Όταν το φράγμα είναι ανοιχτό και η στάθμη της λίμνης έχει πέσει έρχονται στην επιφάνεια τα παλιά σπίτια, το παλιό δημοτικό σχολείο, δεντροστοιχίες από το παλιό χωριό της Κάτω Καλντερίνης, που με τη δημιουργία του φράγματος του Πουρναρίου, εξαφανίστηκε. Μπορούμε να περιηγηθούμε ανάμεσα από τις σκεπές των κτιρίων και να εξερευνήσουμε τις όχθες της λίμνης με όμορφους καταρράχτες.
Η λίμνη φιλοξενεί πολλές ποικιλίες ψαριών, όπως κυπρίνους, μπριάνες, άγρια πέστροφα, χέλι. Καταφύγιο βρίσκουν και πολλά πτηνά όπως πρασινοκέφαλες πάπιες αλκυόνες, ποταμοσφυριχτές κ.α.

Byzantine Bridge, #Arta, #Greece


Byzantine Bridge, Arta, Greece, originally uploaded by newmansm.

The Bridge of Arta (Greek: Γεφύρι της Άρτας) is an old stone bridge that crosses the Arachthos river (Άραχθος) in the west of the city of Arta (Άρτα) in Greece. It has been rebuilt many times over the centuries, starting with Roman or perhaps older foundations; the current bridge is probably a 17th-century Ottoman construction.
The folk ballad "The Bridge of Arta" tells a story of human sacrifice during its building. From the ballad, a number of Greek proverbs and customary expressions arose, associated with interminable delays, as in the text of the ballad: "All day they were building it, and in the night it would collapse."

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Icelandic rainy sunset


Icelandic rainy sunset, originally uploaded by Gunnar Gestur.

Iceland is located at the juncture of the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans. The main island is entirely south of the Arctic Circle, which passes through the small Icelandic island of Grímsey off the main island's northern coast. The country lies between latitudes 63° and 67° N, and longitudes 25° and 13° W.
Iceland is closer to continental Europe than to mainland North America; thus, the island is generally included in Europe for historical, political, cultural, and practical reasons. Geologically the island includes parts of both continental plates. The closest body of land is Greenland (290 km (180 mi)). The closest bodies of land in Europe are the Faroe Islands (420 km (260 mi)); Jan Mayen Island (570 km (350 mi)); Shetland and the Outer Hebrides, both about 740 km (460 mi); and the Scottish mainland and Orkney, both about 750 km (470 mi). The mainland of Norway is about 970 km (600 mi) away.
Iceland is the world's 18th largest island, and Europe's second largest island after Great Britain. The main island is 101,826 km2 (39,315 sq mi), but the entire country is 103,000 km2 (39,768.5 sq mi) in size, of which 62.7% is tundra. There are thirty minor islands in Iceland, including the lightly populated Grímsey and the Vestmannaeyjar archipelago. Lakes and glaciers cover 14.3% of its surface; only 23% is vegetated.
The largest lakes are Þórisvatn (Reservoir): 83–88 km2 (32.0–34.0 sq mi) and Þingvallavatn: 82 km2 (31.7 sq mi); other important lakes include Lagarfljót and Mývatn. Jökulsárlón is the deepest lake, at 248 m (814 ft).
Geologically, Iceland is part of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, a ridge along which the oceanic crust spreads and forms new oceanic crust. This part of the mid-ocean ridge is located above a mantle plume, causing Iceland to be subaerial (above the surface of the sea). The ridge marks the boundary between the Eurasian and North American Plates, and Iceland was created by rifting and accretion through volcanism along the ridge.
Many fjords punctuate Iceland's 4,970 km long coastline, which is also where most settlements are situated. The island's interior, the Highlands of Iceland, is a cold and uninhabitable combination of sand, mountains and lava fields.
The major towns are the capital city of Reykjavík, along with its outlying towns of Kópavogur, Hafnarfjörður and Garðabær, nearby Reykjanesbær where the international airport is located, and the town of Akureyri in northern Iceland. The island of Grímsey on the Arctic Circle contains the northernmost habitation of Iceland.

Iceland has three national parks: Vatnajökull National Park, Snæfellsjökull National Park, and Þingvellir National Park.[36] The country is considered a "strong performer" in environmental protection, having been ranked 13th in Yale University's Environmental Performance Index of 2012.

rural house courtyard, #Litohoro. #Pieria, #Macedonia , #Greece

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