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Closer To God Or The Gods? Katharo Plateau (Οροπέδιο Καθαρού, Κρήτης) Crete.

16-08-2007 · Comments (15)
Categories: Crete  Fuji Provia 100  Holga  

No let up in the rain today...even heavier in fact. That doesn't make me unhappy as I didn't have to walk in it. It was heavy enough for some flooding locally...which is always nice to watch from the window. I was supposed to have a Greek lesson tonight but the damn rain was so heavy and I knew I had to catch the bus and walk for 10 minutes it killed all my enthusiasm. So I'm going tomorrow when I have the car...light weight I hear you cry...who cares, need to keep me socks dry. I have to say, even though I appreciate the destructive power of severe weather...I do like to sit and watch it, I find it quite humbling. In a world where we like to think that we are in control at times we quite clearly are not
I won't bore you with stories of the ipod but needless to say I am still at it and there are cds everywhere. I'm not popular.

Today's photo is from my most recent trip to Crete and an early morning excursion up to the Katharo Plateau (Οροπέδιο Καθαρού, Λασίθι Κρήτης). It was I must say a welcome escape from the 44 degree heat that was plaguing us at the time. I love it up there, a place where I feel a different person....the only noise is the wind and birds. No traffic and not even the screaming of the Cicadas that is everywhere when the temperatures rise. I know that I have posted it before but I kind of like these words written by another about the beauty that is Katharo. I'm yet to find anything that describes it as well...perhaps you know better...tell me if you do and I would happily use that.
Located at a height of 1150m, is the unique plateau of "Katharo" extending to 60,000 stremma, where the fossilized remains of hippopotamus have been found, a place to where half of the soul of Kritsans belongs. On the well-worn red and yellow "square" of Katharo, the footsteps of hundreds of humans intermingle with the tracks of flocks of animals in summertime, whilst during the inhospitable winters on the lower slopes, the struggle for water has been won. In this place, the spirits of the partisans and the heinous Turks of the Occupation still roam around under the shadows of the peak of Lazarus (2085m) and "Spathiou" (the Sword) (2148m). Here, the sky, ravines and bushes are still adorned with vultures, harrier eagles, cuckoos, ferrets, and unique yellow roses, while the scent of dictamus and other herbs like "thriba" fills the air. In the serenity of the holm oaks, and other tree species such as Asfentamus, Ambelitsas, Antrikukias, Aloutsouna, Stamnagathi, and among the mountain and rock thyme, part of the essence of the people from Kritsa belongs.

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