Last month before I went to New York I had the pleasure of taking a trip with the family, to the mountains. The difference with this trip and another trip I shared with you last year, was that this time the mountains were covered in snow.
Join my today as we take a look at the snowy mountains of Greece. These are actually a fifteen minute drive from my town.
We set out with nice weather but once we got to a certain altitude we saw these icicles which indicated that it was indeed cold up here.
It was at this point that I had edited most of the photos but some of them looked flat. Lots of blue, white, and grey. And so I did something different. I decided to channel my inner Ansel Adams and switched some of them over to black and white. I've never tried this before but there was a huge difference.
I first discovered Ansel Adams in college and was always astonished by his photography of nature and in particular Western America. He was a true environmentalist.
Without that great big blue sky everything looks starker, there is more contrast. And let's face it I've shown you that sky a billion times by now! It was time to change things up.
Below is a field with raisin bushes all lined up with the village right behind. Or as normal people call them "vineyards"! The altitude here is 831 meters (2,726 feet) and there are only 15 residents. This is actually very common for many villages. Many of the home owners visit in the summer months and have these as their second homes.
Finally we reach our destination which is another village, this time at a height of 1,105 meters (3625 ft). This one has only 4 residents. But it has a cafe and a church.
There is plenty of snow and ice here.
And a spectacular view!
I've always found the mountain ridges fascinating, as if something is hiding between the folds.
The rocky formations are very common in Greece. You'll find rocks everywhere even in the farming lands.
In the last few years we have had quite a few fires in the area. The forests have thinned out.
A bit of greenery peeking through.
There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.
- Ansel Adams
A moss covered tree full of health despite the cold and snow.
And the church. Wherever you go in Greece you will find churches, big or small, no matter the size of the village.
This view is from the village we visited looking down to the Corinthian Bay.
The same photo in color. And a whole different mood. You may also be able to discern the mountains on the other side of the bay.
It was a cold, brisk day but we had a lot of fun. In fact my daughter the one who has the You Tube channel made a video. You can check it out here to see her antics.
I really enjoyed sharing this trip to the snowy mountains of Greece and paying homage to Ansel Adams. And I hope you liked my unusual take on them in the form of these black and white photos. Are you a fan of black and white photos? Which one was your favorite?
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I'm Mary and I live in beautiful Greece where I like to repurpose and upcycle anything that is old or looks like junk. Join me as we use our creativity to spark some life into old things. And do it frugally! You will also see lots of photography of my Greece.