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24th November 2017

Small pleasure boats moored at Elounda on the Mediterranean island of Crete Small pleasure boat moored at Elounda on the Mediterranean island of Crete Small sailing boat moored at Elounda on the Mediterranean island of Crete

Nothing speaks 'holiday' more than strolling along a seafront on a gloriously sunny day as small boats bob in the gentle Mediterranean swell.

Such was the scene at Elounda, on the northeast coast of Crete, as my wife Liz and I took a rather warm stroll along the lovely promenade.

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23rd November 2017

Pillar of balanced pebbles on the Beach Agios Antonios near Kato Selles on the Mediterranean island of Crete Waves breaking over rocks on the Beach Agios Antonios near Kato Selles on the Mediterranean island of Crete

A hot day's exploring on the northeast coast of Crete was relieved by a paddle in the Mediterranean sea at the lovely and unspoilt beach Agios Antonios near Kato Selles.

However, I got more cooling than I was bargaining for while taking one of these photos!

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22nd November 2017

Raven flying in a clear blue sky over the Mediterranean island of Crete Griffon vulture flying in a clear blue sky over the Mediterranean island of Crete

I'm no wildlife photographer - slow moving subjects are much more my thing.

But when I'm presented with an interesting subject and I have a camera in my hand then I'll have a go.

Such was the case on two occasions during the two week holiday that my wife Liz and I spent on the Mediterranean island of Crete, when some rather impressive birds flew by.

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21st November 2017

The milky way galactic centre over mountains of central Crete Colourful sky at twilight after sunset over the Mediterranean Sea from Matala, Crete

The Mediterranaean island of Crete.

Not only lovely to see during the day, but pretty spectacular at night as well.

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17th November 2017

Solitary tree in harsh, dry landscape on the island of Crete Battered shop sign near Kera on the island of Crete Flooded village of Sfendili by the side of the Aposelemi reservoir, Crete Grove of olive trees surviving in a rocky landscape, Crete

During our two week holiday on the Mediterranean island of Crete, my wife Liz and I spent most of our time driving around with no particular place to go, just to see the landscape and experience the Cretan ambiance away from the developed tourist areas.

Of course, there were many photography stops during our travels, and here are just a few examples of things we saw along the way.

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16th November 2017

Mural 'Prince of Lilies' at Knossos on the island of Crete Mural 'Water Carriers' at Knossos on the island of Crete Mural 'Octopus Tentacles' at Knossos on the island of Crete Mural 'Dolphins' at Knossos on the island of Crete

Four images of the famous murals and frescoes in the Minoan ruins at Knossos on the Mediterranean island of Crete.

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15th November 2017

Bronze statue of Arthur Evans, the archaeologist who excavated the Minoan site at Knossos on the island of Crete Minoan palace at Knossos on the island of Crete Mural of the Minotaur on a Minoan palace at Knossos on the island of Crete

The number one attraction on the Mediterranean island of Crete, according to the guide books, is the excavated Minoan palace complex at Knossos.

So during our two week stay my wife Liz and I set aside a day to visit.

I must say that I found the experience disappointing, with Knossos having been heavily developed for the tourist trade and the ruins having been 'restored' using modern materials.

However, there were some lovely visual touches to enjoy, especially the frescoes and murals, which I concentrated on photographing in preference to the larger, tourist and scaffolding filled, views.

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14th November 2017

Venetian fortifications in sunlight on the island of Spinalonga, Crete Old bronze bell in sunlight on the island of Spinalonga, Crete Engraved plaque set in a wall on the island of Spinalonga, Crete

The final three images from the surreal island of Spinalonga, just a few hundred metres of the coast of Crete, taking in views both large and small.

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13th November 2017

Fortified sea wall in sunlight on the island of Spinalonga, Crete Fortified rampart in sunlight on the island of Spinalonga, Crete Fortified turret in sunlight on the island of Spinalonga, Crete

Here are some more images from the few hours that my wife Liz and I spent exploring the unique island of Spinalona, just off the coast of Crete in the Mediterranean Sea.

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10th November 2017

Fortified stone building and tree on the island of Spinalonga, Crete Decaying stone building and tree on the island of Spinalonga, Crete Fortified wall in sunlight on the island of Spinalonga, Crete Fortified wall in sunlight on the island of Spinalonga, Crete

During our few hours on the surreal island of Spinalonga, just off the coast of Crete, Liz and I managed to walk all the way around the path that circumnavigates the island, taking in a wonderful selection of old buildings and fortifications on the way.

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9th November 2017

The island of Spinalonga, taken from the ferry from Plaka, Crete Stone archway on the island of Spinalonga, Crete Old decaying wooden joists on the island of Spinalonga, Crete Crumbling stone buildings on the island of Spinalonga, Crete

Another island my wife Liz and I visited during our two week stay on Crete was the historically fascinating Spinalonga, just off the Cretan coast in Mirabello Bay.

Over the next few days I'll be presenting a series of images from this unique location, mostly featuring the amazing architecture and crumbling ruins that abound here.

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8th November 2017

The picturesque village of Oia overlooking the Aegean sea on the island of Santorini Ornate church bell tower and bells at Oia on the island of Santorini Church with blue dome overlooking the Aegean sea at Oia on the island of Santorini with flowers in the foreground Church with blue dome overlooking the Aegean sea at Oia on the island of Santorini

Here are the final images from the day trip that Liz and I took to the beautiful island of Santorini during our two week stay on Crete.

The artisan village of Oia was lovely to look at, and my only regret was the lack of time we had here.

One day I'd like to return and stay a couple of days - this place must look amazing at sunset!

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7th November 2017

White painted church bell tower and bells at Oia on the island of Santorini Church with blue dome and flags at Oia on the island of Santorini Church with blue dome overlooking the Aegean sea at Oia on the island of Santorini Church with blue dome overlooking the Aegean sea at Oia on the island of Santorini

Definitely the highlight of our day trip to the beautiful Aegean island of Santorini was the time my wife Liz and I spend exploring the strange and wonderful cliff top village of Oia.

Here are some more of the views I managed to capture photographically during our somewhat rushed visit.

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6th November 2017

White painted roof terrace with small lemon bush overlooking the Aegean sea at Oia on the island of Santorini Small lemon bush on a table overlooking the Aegean sea at Oia on the island of Santorini White painted buildings overlooking the Aegean sea at Oia on the island of Santorini White painted buildings and pink flowers overlooking the Aegean sea at Oia on the island of Santorini White painted buildings and famous blue domed Greek Orthodox church overlooking the Aegean sea at Oia on the island of Santorini

During our stay on the Mediterranean island of Crete Liz and I took the opportunity of a day's excursion northwards by ferry to the famous Greek island of Santorini, nestled in the Aegean Sea.

Travelling around Santorini by coach made it difficult to photograph the passing scenery, which was magnificent, but we did manage a couple of hours in the lovely, but very heavily touristified village of Oia, with its famous blue domed churches and white painted terraced buildings.

So here are a series of images from Oia, with more to come over the next couple of days here at goHOWiE.com.

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3rd November 2017

Minature roadside greek orthodox church near Vrouchas, Crete Minature roadside greek orthodox church near Vlichadia, Crete

The greek orthodox churches on the Mediterranean island of Crete certainly come in all shapes and sizes, including minature church models set on plinths by the roadside.

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2nd November 2017

Greek orthodox church near Kalo Chorio, Crete Greek orthodox church of Agia Paraskevi, Viannos, Crete Greek orthodox church of Panagia at Neapoli, Crete Interior decoration of the greek orthodox church of Agia Paraskevi, Viannos, Crete

Three more examples of picturesque greek orthodox churches that Liz and I 'discovered' on our two week stay on the Mediterranean island of Crete.

And the insides can be be just as visually arresting as the outsides!

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1st November 2017

Greek orthodox church Agia Fotini on the north coast of Crete Bell and roof of the greek orthodox church Agia Fotini on the north coast of Crete The greek orthodox church Agia Fotini on the north coast of Crete with clouds

One of the many 'finds' during the two week stay my wife Liz and I enjoyed on the Mediterranean island of Crete was the small, beautifully situated, church of Agia Fotini, right by the sea just off the main raod between the towns of Sitia and Agia Nikolaos.

so nice we visited it twice!

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31st October 2017

Greek orthodox church of St Nektariosat, Milatos, Crete Greek orthodox church of St Nektariosat, Milatos, Crete Greek orthodox church of St Nektariosat, Milatos, Crete Bell tower of the greek orthodox church of St Nektariosat, Milatos, Crete

Back to sunny Crete here at goHOWiE.com, this time featuring another aspect of the island that suprised Liz and I during our two week stay - the abundance of small, beautifully placed and appointed Greek Orthodox churches.

This example is the striking church of St Nektariosat, overlooing the seaside village of Milatos on Crete's north coast.

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30th October 2017

Time lapse video showing clouds over the famous lone tree reflecting in Llyn Padarn in the Snowdonia National Park, North Wales

A couple of weekends ago I suffered a minor disaster as my trusty old Canon 6D got splashed by a wave while filming the storm Brian at Colwyn Bay on the North Wales coast.

The electrics are behaving very strangely now, so it's in for a repair and I'm hoping it's not too badly damaged.

So it's a good job I kept my by now ancient Canon 5D (circa 2007), which had to be dusted off and pressed back into service this weekend just gone.

I'm glad to day the old girl performed beautifully considering her age, and was still able to shoot the hundreds of still images required for this lovely time lapse video of clouds passing over the unusually still waters of Llyn Padarn, with my favourite tree in the foreground.

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27th October 2017

One of the windmills overlooking the Lasithi Plateau on Crete Broken down windmill on the Lasithi Plateau in central Crete Windmill by the beach at Elounda, Crete

Crete is known as the island of windmills, are here are three examples in various states of repair and authenticity!

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26th October 2017

Beach and shoreline at Milatos on the north coast of Crete Pebble tower on the beach at Milatos on the north coast of Crete

Another relatively quiet spot on the otherwise touristic north coast of Crete was the seaside village of Milatos, a place Liz and I visited a few times during our stay on the island.

The pebble beach was especially nice, with lovely colours in the sea and stones, together with some mini feats of civil engineering!

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25th October 2017

Wave breaking on the rocky shoreline at Malia on the north coast of Crete Wave breaking on the rocky shoreline at Malia on the north coast of Crete Wave breaking on the rocky shoreline at Malia on the north coast of Crete

I love the dynamism of the sea, especially when there's some decent wave splashes to photograph, such as these three instances pictured at Malia beach on the north coast of Crete in the Mediterranean Sea.

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24th October 2017

Beach and shoreline at Malia on the north coast of Crete Beach and rocky shoreline at Malia on the north coast of Crete Rocky shoreline at Malia on the north coast of Crete

Looking out of my window on a grey, wet and chilly October morning in North Wales I'm reminded through these images of blue skies and warm sand while paddling in the Mediterranean on the north coast of Crete.

Suddenly I feel a lot more cheerful!

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23rd October 2017

Ceramic souvenirs on sale at the Homo Sapiens museum near Kera, Crete Ceramic plaques on sale at the Homo Sapiens museum near Kera, Crete

As well as photographing beautiful scenery when I'm away on holiday with my wife Liz, I also like to hunt out the little details that are unique to the local culture, such as these rather quirky ceramic plaques, on sale at the equally quirky Homo Sapiens museum gift shop.

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20th October 2017

Old wine barrel and flowers, Crete Old bicycle leaning on a stone wall, Crete Old earthenware urn next to an olive press, Crete Old earthenware urn next to an olive press, Crete

Today it's back to the sunshine and warmth of Crete here at goHOWiE.com, with some images of artifacts from bygone days, photographed at a rural restaurant high in the hills above Hersonissos.

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19th October 2017

Time lapse video showing dramatic storm clouds and bursts of sunlight over Llyn Mymbyr in the Snowdonia National Park, Wales Time lapse video showing clouds over the famous lone tree at Llyn Pardarn in the Snowdonia National Park, North Wales

The mountains, lakes and forests of the Snowdonia National Park are beautiful in any weather.

Just don't expect too many warm sunny days, as you will see in these two time lapse videos featuring Llyn Mymbyr and Llyn Padarn!

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18th October 2017

Time lapse video showing dramatic clouds catching the light of the setting sun over the North Wales coast at Llandudno

A beautiful display of twilight colours in the clouds over the North Wales coast at Llandudno are captured in this time lapse video, which I nearly didn't bother shooting.

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17th October 2017

Red sun and clouds over North Wales caused by hurricane Ophelia in October 2017 Time lapse video showing the red sun and clouds over North Wales caused by hurricane Ophelia in October 2017 Video showing the red sun and clouds over North Wales caused by hurricane Ophelia in October 2017

October 16th 2017 and the skies above North Wales were lit by a blood red sun as hurricane Ophelia made its presence known with some amazing atmospheric displays.

I took full advantage of the hour long show, taking hundreds of still images for a time lapse sequence, together with some real time video of glowing clouds passing over the red face of the sun.

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16th October 2017

The Aposelemi Reservoir, Crete Rugged landscape near Kera on the Mediterranean island of Crete

Driving the narrow mountain roads around the interior of Crete was certainly an experience, but well worth the effort and petrol with beautiful views like these on offer, seemingly around every bend.

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13th October 2017

Panoramic view of the harbour on the island of Spinalonga on the north coast of Crete in the Mediterranean Sea Panoramic view of the island of Spinalonga on the north coast of Crete in the Mediterranean Sea

One of the most interesting places that Liz and I visited during our two week stay on the Mediterranean island of Crete was the little island of Spinalonga, just off Crete's northeastern coast.

These two panoramic images both feature Spinalonga, one captured while visiting the island itself, and the other while driving the spectacular mountain roads high above this stretch of coast.

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12th October 2017

Panoramic view of Mirabello Bay on the north coast of Crete in the Mediterranean Sea Panoramic view of the island of Spinalonga and surrounding coastline on the north coast of Crete in the Mediterranean Sea

In terms of spectacular scenery, Liz and I found the whole of Mirabello Bay on the northeastern coast of Crete to be somewhere very special, and we spent a lot of our two week holiday driving around its margins, sightseeing and photographing.

Here are two panoramic collages taken from opposite sides of the bay, one near the town of Sitia to the south and one by the island of Spinalonga in the north.

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11th October 2017

Panoramic view of Milatos and the surrounding countryside on the north coast of Crete in the Mediterranean Sea Panoramic view of Mochlos on the north coast of Crete in the Mediterranean Sea

One of the nicest aspects of the holiday that Liz and I enjoyed on the Mediterranean island of Crete earlier this year was finding relatively unspoilt seaside villages to explore and cool off in.

Two of our favourite places are shown here as panoramic collages, Milatos and Mochlos on the northeastern coast of the island.

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10th October 2017

Panoramic view of the Lasithi Plateau near Kastelli in central Crete Panoramic view of the mountainous landscape of central Crete, as viewed from the Homo Sapiens Museum near Kera

Liz and I were blown away by the variety and majesty of the scenery on offer during our two week stay on the island of Crete in the eastern Mediterranean Sea.

Here are just two examples of the landscapes of central Crete, just a few miles inland from the north coast, but a world away from the tourist beaches that people usually think of when Crete is mentioned.

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9th October 2017

Panoramic view over the village of Kalamafka of the island of Crete

During this grey and wet weekend in North Wales I cheered myself up by working on some of my images from the trip Liz and I took to Crete a few weeks ago, fondly remembering basking in the heat and sunshine.

Well the tan's rapidly fading now, but the photos I took will last a lot longer.

This panoramic collage shows the view over the picturesque village of Kalamafka, in the relatively untouched region of central Crete, on a lovely sunny afternoon.

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6th October 2017

Time lapse video showing sunbeams shining through clouds at sunset over the North Wales coast at Llandudno Time lapse video showing colourful clouds at sunset over the North Wales coast at Llandudno

These two time lapse videos were both shot from the same place, on the same evening, either side of sunset and show just how quickly conditions can change on the North Wales coast.

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5th October 2017

Time lapse video showing clouds at night over the lighthouse at Penmon Point on the Isle of Anglesey, North Wales

A brief interlude from the blue skies, warmth and sunshine of Crete, back to the cold, dark, wet, cloudy and beautiful, coastline of North Wales at Penmon Point on the Isle of Anglesey.

This time lapse video of clouds at dusk streaming over the iconic Penmon Point lighthouse was supposed to be of something else entirely.

A click on the thumbnail will take you to the video page to watch the clip and find out what should have happened!


4th October 2017

Time lapse video showing the sunset over the mountains of central Crete

This is the final time lapse video from our two week stay on the beautiful island of Crete.

Again, it was the quality of light at sunset that attracted me to this view.

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3rd October 2017

Time lapse video showing the sunset and twilight from Milatos on the northern coast of Crete Time lapse video showing the sunset with clouds from Milatos on the northern coast of Crete

Two more sunset time lapse videos from beautiful Crete today here at goHOWiE.com, both shot at the small seaside village of Milatos on the northeastern coast but on different days and under very different weather conditions.

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2nd October 2017

Time lapse video showing the sunset and twilight over Mirabello Bay on the coast of Crete

One of the loveliest locations Liz and I found during our two weeks on the Mediterranean island of Crete was Mirabello Bay, featured in this time lapse video of the sunset, followed by stunning twilight colours and the onset of night as the lights of the towns around the bay take over from the natural light of day.

As usual, a click on the thumbnail will take you to the video page to watch the clip are read a bit more about it.


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