Landscapes and animals displaying our planet’s beauty in all of its majesty.
Genesis - The dawn of Man
Inspired by a tale from the Silmarillion describing how Men, children of Eru Illivatar awoke at the rising of the first Sun.
Siberian husky at Gudauri, Georgia.
I think that my fascination with peaks and mountains started after the trip to Scotland's Highlands, last summer.
Witnessing the wild, raw beauty of this place and living out there for 5 days, hiking with some amazing people, getting battered by the rain, wind and the other elements awoke something inside of me.
It was the first time I spent so many days in a wild place like that, without going back to a city or village to rest or clean my clothes. It was the first time that I truly got lost into nature's beauty. Some moments were rough but the things we saw and felt were all worth it.
Almost a year has passed since then and I can surely say by now that the fire that got ignited inside of me in the Highlands has only grown larger. My need for exploration and capturing our planet's beauty fueling it with every passing day.
A beautiful white mosque at the river bank was the reason that got me interested in the first place for shooting this photo.
As I came closer to the river and started snapping photographs I remembered that I had with me a new ND filter I bought recently. It was the perfect opportunity to try it for the first time, as the waters in front of me were pretty rough, forming sparkling white spots of currents between the rocks.
I put the ND filter and I remembered I had no tripod with me. How was I to make a long exposure without one?
Well, with some creativity, observation and a bit of luck, anything is possible, as I found two stones perfectly in place to put my camera and keep it still for 15 seconds in order to capture this shot.
Isn't it beautiful how the flow of water looks through through a long exposure photograph? It's moments like these I admire the power of Photography and the way it can make you see the world.
The Thunder God
Greeks called him Zeus, Egyptians Set, Mayans Chaac, Chinese Leigong, Hindu Indra, Scandinavians Thor and Polynesians Haikili.
It's no wonder why every ancient civilization had a name for the god of Thunder. The staggering power of this element has inspired people throughout the centuries to create stories in order to somehow explain the thunder's raw strength.
If there is actually a Thunder-God up there, he must had been very excited that day.
Fishermen from above
Ready for take off
I was stalking this white beauty for many minutes, observing her movements and trying to get as close as possible until I had the chance to capture her as I wanted.
Patience, timing, some luck and there you have it! Nature rewarded me with this beautiful moment as the bird opens its wings proudly getting ready to take flight with a fiery sunset on the background.
Always look up the stars and not down at your feet
Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder what makes the universe exist.
Inspiring words by Stephen Hawking that seem to describe perfectly what I feel every time I have the chance to see the stars of the night sky.
Fire walk with me.
Through the darkness of future's past, The magician longs to see. One chants out between two worlds.
Fire walk with me.
-From David Lynch’s Twin Peaks
A beautiful green peak in the Highlands of Scotland.
The Greek dragon
The Salamander of Fire or Common Salamander (Salamandra Salamandra in Latin) is the most common species of salamander in Europe and one of the most widely seen in Greece.
I didn't know these beautiful creatures existed in Greece until stumbling upon them on Mount Olympus.
Its bright yellow spots are a warning for its poisonous glans that produce a toxic fluid if threatened. While it's not dangerous to humans it can cause pain and iritation if it gets close to the eyes.
Embrace the darkness
The dark does not destroy the light. It defines it. It is our fear of the dark that casts our joy into the shadows.
Genesis - The Birth of Women
Cats, are one of the most successful species in this planet, having the ability to adapt to the urbanization of their environment with ease. They are flexible, strong and extremely fast. They were considered sacred in ancient Egypt. An animal that could see the spirits of those that have passed on the other side.
Yet these poor animals are neglected in our societies, living in the streets with hundreds of dangers around them and receiving little care or notice from humans. Many kick them for fun or chase them away as they feel annoyed by their presence. A society's cultural level is reflected in the way its people treat animals. Take a look at your city's animals. The cats and dogs that are all around you. Admire the beauty of nature's creations and if you can, give them a petting or even a small snack. I bet they will appreciate your gesture far more than you can imagine.
A shadow in the woods
There is someone in the woods
Thunder and water
A massive lightning bolt hits an area close to Thessaloniki, reflecting its beautiful light on the sea’s surface.
Sirius, the brightest star
Blue hour marks the appearance of the first stars in the sky. The first one being visible to us, Sirius, is also the brightest star in the night sky and is part of the Canis Major constellation.
It's mystical blue light can been seen standing out, on top of the tree in the middle of the picture.
50 shades of grey on a misty slope at Mount Olympus
Black and white landscapes are usually not my type but this one was asking for it!
The trail of a Perseid meteor falling on the night sky.
Full Worm Moon
It's the last full moon of Winter, it marks the beginning of Spring and this year it coincides with the Vernal Equinox which takes place on March 20, 21:58 UTC.
Why Worm Moon you might ask? With the beginning of Spring and the warming weather the worms that were frozen on the ground start to emerge thus giving the name to the Full Moon of this month.
In ancient times it was common to track the changing months and seasons by following the lunar month and for millennia people across Europe and Native American Tribes named the months and the Full Moons after features they associated with.
A long way back home
The lush green grass, the clear blue sky, the white clouds and the mountains at the distance. All harmonically combined to make one stunning view.
Look at the left and see how small a human actually looks in front of the grandness of nature. However great or '"big" we think we are, the truth is that we are merely grains of sand in an enormously vast world, and nature often reminds us of that.
Α ray of light in the darkness.
I took this shot while hiking at a mountain close to Grevena, Greece. The mist was so thick around us that it almost blocked the sun's light entirely. The result? This beautiful, dark, moody photo.
A sheep playing hide and seek
A Scottish sheep hiding behind some bushes and looking curiously at some people passing by.
These animals became very special to me after the trip to the Scottish Highlands since I encountered them on a daily basis. Their sweet inoccence and calmness was something I came to appreciate as I spent more and more time with them.
The last one standing
A little warrior standing still on the crystal white snow.
Sunset in Trakai
What is about sunsets that make us look at them with such amazement and fascination? Why have we linked them with romance and love? Is it the beautiful warm fiery colors of the sun and sky, the feeling of a day passing or the excitement for what's to come at night?
Calton Hill, Edinburgh
Carlton Hill, Edinburgh as seen from the top of Arthur's seat.
Carlton Hill's Tower and Parthenon first catch your attention. After that, the lush green trees and the sea join to offer a unique mix that your eyes can gorge upon. Then you feel the cool air embracing your skin, as you take a big breath feeling your lungs with oxygen. You notice the mountains on the horizon making the mind wander off to far away places.
Leaf on sunllight
Every living being is attracted to the sun. Get more of it.
The wild horses of Grevena
It was such a joy to encounter these beautiful animals in the wild.
Careless and free they seem to be quiet accustomed to humans, probably from the ones living in the nearby villages, as they let me get pretty close in order to photograph them.
The second drone image from the trip to Xanthi, Greece.
The roads looks like veins spreading through the vegetation of the forest and its another photograph that depicts the beauty of nature as seen from above and one that makes me want to see more of the beautiful landscapes that Greece has to offer.
Morning Frost in the fields of Bialoweza
The shot was taken at 05.00 am with the DJI Mavic pro, while we were waiting to capture passing mammals.
After 10 minutes of flying the drone without any gloves, I couldn't feel my fingers due to the cold.
Luckily I managed to capture this beautiful, icy landscape with a nearby river before landing it and putting back my hands in the warmth of my gloves.
Shades of Autumn
Fallen leaves in Romania, offering a huge variety of different colors, showing the beauty of Autumn.
A stranger in the mist
Stone and water
An old bridge made of rock, blending perfectly with the river underneath and its surrounding environment.
The curious Highlander
A curious sheep checking me out as I was slowly trying to get closer to it in order to capture its shot.
The road to Heaven
There are some shots that make admire the majesty of nature. This is one of them.
The shot was taken after a long day in the villages of Rodopi near Xanthi, Greee. On the way to back to Thessaloniki we passed through a road that had a panoramic view of the mountain ranges below. We stopped and I lifted the drone.
After 350 meters in altitude, the fluffy clouds on the sky became visible as they were being illuminated by the warm rays of the sun, giving me the opportunity to capture this landscape.
No better way to end a long, inspiring day exploring the mountains.
Watch out for the deers
A little robin checking my camera out as I was trying to get closer to him.
Having been there on the countryside of Romania on November it was truly a blessing to see the dozens of different colours that the leaves take on Autumn. Yellow, green, brown and red were just some of the shades I saw while spending ten days on this beautiful country. Romanians have done a great job in preserving their forests and their are right to do so since they give an immense beauty.. The lush, colorful raw landscapes of the Carpathian mountains are truly a sight to see and I believe that everyone who visits the country should find some time to do an excursion there. You will not regret it.