One dog many flowers and sand, lots of sand!
When @traisto and myself moved to Crete, almost ten years ago, we got to know one of the most amazing flowers. Sand lilies have a beauty and a durability that is extremely rare. They grow on sand dunes around the Mediterranean sea which is impressive on its own and they survive and flourish on a very arid and hot environment. Their seeds can travel miles away, over the sea and make a new colony in remote places. Their only truly destructive enemy is, of course, humans. With their twisted view of ownership on the planet, they (or should I say we) destroy their natural environment and lead them to extinction.
The white sand lily (scient. Pancratium maritimum), also known as sea daffodil, amaryllis, lily of Knossos, beach saffron or beach crocus is a charming plant that overwhelms the dunes of Crete from August to October. Unfortunately, in recent years its population has been limited to a few beaches, due to the shrinking of its habitats. Thus, the lily is today protected by Greek and international legislation.
Marcos (the dog) wasn't allowed to run among the flowers but he came to see what is taking me so long and I am not on the beach to play with him :)
A few more shots and I am coming! Go now, go!
And now it's time for the beach!
This year though, we had many changes in our lives and among others, we spend a lot of months away from Crete. So I didn't have the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of those miraculous plants and take some new pictures. The photographs of the post are taken in 2019 and are part of the ones that I haven't share before. The posts that I wrote back then are this one and that one while some pictures of Marcos were posted here. I tried to choose as different shots as possible from the ones I shared before but a resemblance is inevitable :)
You can follow the links if you want to see more captures from that day, as well as the difference in my editing style.
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