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Birthplace Of Zeus. Lassithi Plateau (Οροπέδιο Λασιθίου, Κρήτης.) Crete

22-09-2007 · Comments (18)
Categories: Crete  Fuji 160C  Hasselblad SWC/M  

Hey it's the weekend! I've had my fill of cocktails tonight just to celebrate my 3 days at work, three half days I know but the weekend is still sweet.
I've been thinking about this damn competition and when to pull the plug on it and thought well just do it. So that's it my friends, it's over now! Who's the winner I hear you scream! Well I hope you did, a little enthusiasm would be nice. Well I'm not telling you now because I can't. All the guesses are in a sealed box and with an independent adjudicator who will have to check the guesses along with my ipod which has been sealed in a box and held by a priest since I announced the start of the competition. To be honest I'm ending it more for me than you. I miss my ipod and I want it back! The result will be announced in the next few days.
I desperately need to do some gardening, hedges in particular. The rib breaking fiasco has really got me behind with all that crap. I hate doing it but hat it looking overgrown even more. I may give those hedge clippers a go this weekend. One thing you can be sure of, I'll either be moaning about the pain I am in from the my ribs or how tired I am, you seem to win either way

Today's photo is from Crete back in April and a view of the Lasithi Plateau. A scenic plain located in the Lasithi prefecture in eastern Crete, Greece. It is approximately 70 km from Heraklion and lies at an average altitude of 840m, which makes it one of the few permanently inhabited areas of such altitude around the Mediterranean. Winters can be very harsh and snow on the plain and surrounding mountains often persists until mid spring. Its fertile soil due to alluvial run-off from melting snow, has attracted inhabitants since Neolithic times (6000 B.C.). Minoans and Dorians followed and the plateau has been continuously inhabited since then, except a period that started in 1293 and lasted for over two centuries during the Venetian occupation of Crete. During that time and due to frequent rebellions and strong resistance, villages were demolished, cultivation prohibited and natives were forced to leave and forbidden to return under a penalty of death. Later, in the early 15th century, Venetian rulers allowed refugees from the Greek mainland (eastern Peloponnese) to settle in the plain and cultivate the land again. To ensure good crops, Venetians ordered the construction of a large system of drain ditches that are still in use. Lasithi plateau is famous for its white-sailed windmills that have been used for centuries to irrigate the land. Despite their vast number (some 10,000) in the past, most of them have been abandoned nowadays in favour of modern diesel and electrical pumps. There are several caves of archaeological interest in the surrounding countryside, of which Diktaion Andron (Greek: Δικταίον Άντρον, also Diktaean / Diktaian Cave) near the village of Psychro is the birthplace of Zeus according to Greek Mythology.
Here is an Here is an aerial view of the plateau.

Sunlight in the weeds...I wish that I was blind...to the ghosts
dancing in the breeze...blowing through my mind.
Got a Corvair in my yard. It hasn't run in fifteen years.
It's a home for the birds now. It's no longer a car.
Last night I dreamed that I was swimming in a sea.
Like always, with everything I went in too deep.
Got a Corvair in my yard. It hasn't run in fifteen years.
It's a home for the birds now. It's no longer...a car.
Got a simple friend out west, and in the blink of an eye,
I'd swap him straight, his life for mine...and never wonder "Why?"

Listening to: "Corvair" (No Such Place) - Jim White

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