Photographer's Note

About 40 km Northwest of my hometown, Ierapetra, passing through a village called Kato Symi and then taking a dificult dirtroad (4X4 vehicle suggested) you can find a beautiful, totally unknown and undiscovered plateau called Omalos (no relationship with a plateau with the same name in Hania Prefecture). The only inhabitants of that remote and strange place are two shepperds (two brothers, who have chosen to live far from the "civilization".

I had heard a lot about its unique beauty, so I decided to take advantage of my few days of vacation and visit it accompanied by a good friend, Manolis Malliotakis (the man on the left in my Raki distillers photo. I saw a very unusual landscape, a very "wild" one, even though, wild landscapes are pretty common in Crete. The cold was unbearable and the strong wind made the situation even worse. I lost sense of my fingers after a few minutes and the battery in my camera lost very quickly most of its power. Then I saw this beautiful tree that appeared to me like a sign of courage. Struggling to stand still, resisting to the snow carried away by the fierce wind, but most important standing the test of time.

Time (in Greek χρόνος- Chronos) is related with Cronos-Saturn, a mythological god, father of Zeus, who had the bad habit to eat his children, exactly as time does. To avoid his destiny (to be eaten by his father), Zeus found refuge in a cave, in another plateau, much bigger than Omalos and much more famous, the Lassithi plateau, not very far from this one.

Now that this year is reaching to an end, and a new one is knocking on our door, I hope that you'll see the same message of courage in this lonely tree.


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