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The Night Of The Almond Festival II . Kritsa (Κριτσά, Κρήτη) Crete.

31-08-2009 · Comments (8)
Categories: Crete  Fuji 160S  Hasselblad SWC/M  

Another from the night shoot in the cemetery in Kritsa. I have been full of good intentions to take night shots for an age and I have taken a few with varying success, so on the last trip to Crete I thought I would try and drag my wine addled ass out one night. I did nothing but chat about it for nearly 2 weeks until a few days before going home on one of my less wine fuelled nights I ventured out.
As you can see, I decided on the local cemetery and its church of Ayios Ioannis Prodromos (Άγιος Ιωάννης Πρόδρομος) as it was well lit and kind of pretty. What I hadn't allowed for was it was the Festival of the Almond at the local village of Kroustas (Κρούστας) this was a night of much drink, music and dancing. I also assume lots of Almonds. In typical Cretan style it only started to kick off at midnight and that was the time I was trying to enter the cemetery. The trouble is it is on the road to Kroustas and there was a never ending stream of cars passing. I don't think for one minute that the party going Cretans would have had any interest in a mad Englishman entering the graveyard at midnight, but, I felt kind of uneasy doing it in such public view with my camera. For those with an interest here is an aerial shot of the cemetery and Kritsa in general.

Hush my darling lie still and slumber
Holy Angels call your name
Heavenly blessings without number
Gently fall on my head

The air is so thin
Ground my skin to the bone
in the warbling wind, grace
Not for me, but for her

Prospect of Heaven makes death easy
Darker doubt yet lingers for the rest of us
Heavenly Blessings without number
Gently fall on my Head

The air is so thin
Ground my skin to the bone
in the warbling wind, grace
Not for me, but for her

Listening to:

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