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Simply Finnish


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One more of the Simply series to respond to soulsister’s request. A pleasure actually as JR’s photos from Ikaria are… well, see for yourselves. The source blog is in Finnish, how original!.. Google translated the titles in English. Move over the thumbnails to read them. The order is by date from 2-5-08 to 27-7-08. If you hate scrolling down this long page, you can have it the horizontal way and look at Jonna’s photos from Ikaria one after the other in a special gallery. Enjoy.

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THREATS Χ – ΑΠΕΙΛΕΣ Χ


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This is Master Natrix Natrixthe watersnake. The beautiful Latin name which reminds of names for submarines or jet planes or missiles, fits him perfectly. Master Natrix swims like a torpedo. If you are not a frog, don’t be afraid of him. He doesn’t have poison. He simply doesn’t need it. Though I know this very well, yet many times I have freaked out while dipping in a calm pool when I saw Master Natrix blast off across from one side to the other. They tell me that I should slam on the surface of water and the snake would make a U turn on the spot and hide away.

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Natrix natrix

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Link to: Always back to angels’ pools in spring.But I was never able to do that. All the 3 times I saw Master Natrix, I screamed and jumped out of the water. It is harmless, nevertheless. It’s like a torpedo without a load or an arrow without a sharp point. And it never aims on humans. Yet, it’s freakish. The fear of snakes is very deep inside us.

Natrix natrix 

Στην Ικαρία διηγούνται κάτι μυστήριες ιστορίες για κάποια πλάσματα που ζουν στους ποταμούς και είναι, λέει, επικίνδυνα. Τα ονομάζουν «μολόπια» και δαγκώνουν, λένε, πολύ άσχημα. Πολλές φορές ρωτήσαμε μήπως εννοούν τα νερόφιδα ή μήπως, ας πούμε, τα χέλια ή τα μεγάλα καβούρια; Κανείς δεν ήταν σίγουρος να μας πει τι ακριβώς. Ρωτήσαμε κάποιους πιο διαβασμένους και μας είπαν ότι τα «μολόπια» είναι θρύλος. Μπορεί να είναι οτιδήποτε. Πρόκειται για πλάσματα μεταξύ πραγματικού και φανταστικού. Ίσως ήταν κάτι για να τρομάζουν τα μικρότερα παιδιά για να μην ακολουθούν τα μεγαλύτερα στους ποταμούς. «Μην πας εκεί κάτω γιατί θα σε φάει το μολόπι». Κάτι τέτοιο.
Μετά τη πρώτη φορά πάντως ούτε εγώ ούτε η Ελένη φοβόμαστε. Τα νερόφιδα είναι καλά. ❤

Ικαρία: Στο μονοπάτι των ξωτικών

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Ikaria 016 by isl_gr Watersnake, Ikaria by sara helene Ikaria 022 by isl_gr
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Sunday June 2, 2007 – 03:06pm (EEST)
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bbrrr… 😮
what else to wait? I’v got kids and I’m thinking of leaving the island for some polluted grey city where at least there are no ~thr~ea~ts~ like this!

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Tuesday June 4, 2007 – 10:47pm (EEST)

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THREATS V – ΑΠΕΙΛΕΣ V


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Don't be afraid of me
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This is the Ikarian «Pontikologos», the mouse hunter, alias the European Cat Snake, Telescopus fallax (Αγιόφιδο). The snake is curled up a tree. The photo was taken in a mountain gorge in Ikaria in July 2006. However, unlike some other islands, the viper is very rare in this island. It has always been so, they say. I suppose this happens because it suffers from concurrence from the numerous Colubrine snakes of the island or it just can’t bear the texture of the soil.

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I think also because Ikaria is not as dry as the other islands. So I have never seen a viper in my thornlands, though thorns is one of their typical habitats. It seems to me that Vipers like it better when it’s sunny and dry.

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You can tell the difference between a Colubrine snake which is as harmful as a cat, and a viper from the shapes on their backs and their necks. The Colubrine which can become very long, does not have a neck and there are no geometrical patterns on its back. When big in fact the Colubrine or Whip snake looks like a dark grey brown garden hose. Unlike it the viper looks very like a… snake : silvery with dark lozenges on its back, thin neck, triangular head, forked tongue and a loud hhiiiissss!..

Yet… when we are nervous, especially us girls… can be mistaken

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Anyway, all the information about the snakes of Greece is in…

http://www.herpetofauna.gr/

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harmless whip snake

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See  more animals of Ikaria in my blog

Saturday April 21, 2007 – 10:39pm (EEST)

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ΑΠΕΙΛΕΣ


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Lafiatis vs Korkofilas
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Με το «ΑΠΕΙΛΕΣ» έχω σκοπό να κάνω μια λίστα των τρομερών φυσικών κινδύνων που συναντάμε εμείς που συχνάζουμε στους αγριότοπους της Ικαρίας. Αρχίστε λοιπόν από τώρα να τρέμετε. Θα είναι χειρότερο από το Jurassic Park.

Lafiatis eating Korkofilas

With “THREATS” I intend to make a list of the terrible natural threats we encounter in the wild places of Ikaria. Start tre~mbl~ing~ NOW! This is going to be worse than Jurassic Park!.

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Pondikologos eating Korkofilas
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(για να ταιριάζει με το «ΑΛΗΘΕΙΕΣ» της Ελένης)

Αυτές τις δύο φωτογραφίες τις φόρτωσα για να προκαλέσω αίσθηση και να τραβήξω την προσοχή. Τις δανείστηκα από τους φωτο-φακέλους του κλαμπ των οδοιπόρων της Ικαρίας. Πολύ καιρό πριν η Ελένη είχε φτιάξει αυτό τον φάκελο και είχε βάλει μέσα φωτογραφίες που βρήκε και δανείστηκε από το www.dpgr.gr. Προστατεύονται με copyrightκτλ. κτλ., ωστόσο επικαλούμαστε το δικαίωμα της εντοπιότητας. Αυτές οι φωτογραφίες τραβήχτηκαν στην Ικαρία. Αυτό που βλέπετε είναι ένα φίδι του είδους Coluber (ποντικολόγος ή βασιλόφιδο) που καταπίνει ζωντανή μια δεινοσαυρόμορφη σαύρα: agama stelio ή κορκόφιλα –το κροκοδειλάκι του Αιγαίου.

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These two pictures, I uploaded to make a sensation and attract attention. I borrowed them from the Photo Files of the hikingIkaria group. Long ago Eleni had created this file to put in pictures that she found and borrowed from www.dpgr.gr. They are copyrighted etc. etc. but we appeal the right of nativity. These two pictures were taken in Ikaria. What you see is a harmless Caspian Whipsnake snake slowly swallowing a live dinosaur-o-morphus lizard: an agama stelio –the crocodile of the Aegean.

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Saturday March 31, 2007 – 10:50pm (EEST)
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Holly Madona! tre~mbl~ing~

Sunday April 1, 2007 – 03:45pm (EEST)

This weekend I hiked a trail where the signpost said «Beware of ticks, poison oak, rattlesnakes, cliffs and other hazards» It proved a magical place! Terrible natural threats, they heighten sensitivity and make us feel more alive, here and there I am sure.

https://i1.wp.com/farm1.static.flickr.com/210/443001345_76467924b2.jpg

Monday April 2, 2007 – 09:37am (PDT)

How come they didn’t write «Beware of life»?
Thank you Greg. I appreciate your comments. I need help. I do stuff but I can’t write very easlily and fluently about it like others do.

Tuesday April 3, 2007 – 10:17am (EEST)

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