Alonissos is blessed with rugged natural landscapes, and surrounded by small islands scattered around the archipelagos and has protected areas for natures sake.

View from old Chora Alonissos - Greece
Magnificent View from old Chora (Hayiati) Alonissos – Greece

Alonnisos rises from the sea in a mountain of greenery, with stands of Aleppo pine, kermes oak, mastic and arbutus bushes, vineyards, olive and fruit trees, threaded with perfumy patches of wild herbs. The west and north coasts are steep and rocky, while the east is speckled with bays and pebble-and-sand beaches. Alonnisos has had its share of bad luck; in 1952, a thriving wine industry collapsed when vines imported from California were infested with phylloxera insects. Robbed of their livelihood, many people moved away. Then, in 1965, an earthquake destroyed the hilltop capital of Old Alonnisos. Inhabitants were rehoused at Patitiri, which has since evolved into a quaint island port; 11km to the north is the seaside village of Steni Vala. The most recent trouble was in early 2017, when storms destroyed a third of the island’s trees; many inhabitants decamp to Athens for the surprisingly harsh winter season.

 

 

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Wandering around a few days while autumn is peeking around the corner in the National Park “Hoge Veluwe” you can make realy nice bokeh pictures. Known to few, De Hoge Veluwe National Park is a privately-owned land and an independent Foundation that can use government subsidies to only a limited extent. The Park and its continued existence more or less depend on paying visitors. This page lists the main figures with regard to the Park and its organisation and how the Park continues to abide by the vision of the Kröller-Müller couple. Also strolling in the dutch dunes is a good scenery for making lovely pictures. The Dutch Dunes are an ever-changing landscape full of opportunities. This exceptional ‘no man’s land’ between the flat expanses inland and the North Sea provides a wide variety of experiences that alter from moment to moment – be it tranquil hiking through sheltered inlets as you admire wild flowers and rare wildlife, or the windswept hilltops that offer amazing views out over the coastline. Enjoy a casual stroll, a lengthy hike or even a challenging bike ride across the undulating sands – there are experiences for all ages and desires within these protected landscapes. And on either side of the dunes, you’ll fine luxurious stretches of beach or green forests and peaceful lakes that are perfect for a daytime paddle.

Bokeh effect - Autumn 2018
Bokeh effect – Autumn 2018 National Park “Hoge Veluwe”
Camera Nikon d810 – Nikkor AF-s Micro 105 mm 1:2.8 ED Nano VR
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Autumn 2018 Gallery.