Σάββατο, 15 Φεβρουαρίου 2014

Cyprus landscapes

looking eastwards from Karvounaris

Landscape at Pedoulas

Landscape between Akrounda and Dierona villages

Rare sight. The mountains of Lefkara, Drys etc in white

East from Chionistra. The Morfu bay and the mountain range of Pentadaktylos in the distance (occupied cyprus)

Σάββατο, 1 Φεβρουαρίου 2014

1500 year old tree at Apesia village

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The Tremithos Ai Giorkas ( in the Cypriot dialect ) as it is called by residents , is located in the picturesque village Apaisia ​​, the southern slopes of the Troodos Mountains a short distance from Limassol . 
The Tremithos (Pistacia Atlantica, Pistakia the Atlantic ) , belongs to the family of Anacardiaceae. The beautiful and mighty tree is now the oldest resident of Cyprus (My note: I believe there are much older trees in Cyprus, just not dated yet) and stands proudly for 1,500 years . It is literally a miracle of nature , and was able to grow in a mountainous region , surviving in a harsh landscape , geologically part of the sedimentary sequence of the Troodos and consists mainly of rocky and calcareous soils ( chalk , marl , calcareous sandstones ) , while climatic accepts average annual rainfall.
For the conditions under which it managed to survive the centuries-old tree , our enlightenment Mr. Costas Papacharalambous former commune of the village , who spoke of the existence of running water at shallow depth below the ground surface. Another element that enhances what Mr Costas about the existence of water , is the ancient fragments found at a distance of several meters from an ancient tree in the courtyard of the elementary school built in 1911 and close to the position which is the watermill of the village and the church of St. Giorkas . The ancient ruins are what remains of an ancient building in this area and suggest that our ancient ancestors erected temples and shrines close to sources or places with running water .
The centenarian Tremithos Ai Giorkas considered one of the oldest living specimens of the species Pistacia Atlantica Awards and friendliest residents Apesia will reward you with the warmth and hospitality for your visit .