Never surrender! by Hercules Milas

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About 40 km Northwest of my hometown, Ierapetra (Lasithi, Crete, Greece), passing through a village called Kato Symi and then taking a dificult dirtroad (4X4 vehicle suggested) you can find a beautiful, totally unknown and undiscovered plateau called Omalos (no relationship with a plateau with the same name in Hania Prefecture). The only inhabitants of that remote and strange place are two shepperds (two brothers, who have chosen to live far from the “civilization”.

I had heard a lot about its unique beauty, so I decided to take advantage of my few days of vacation and visit it accompanied by a good friend. I saw a very unusual landscape, a very “wild” one, even though, wild landscapes are pretty common in Crete. The cold was unbearable and the strong wind made the situation even worse. I lost sense of my fingers after a few minutes and the battery in my camera lost very quickly most of its power. Then I saw this beautiful tree that appeared to me like a sign of courage. Struggling to stand still, resisting to the snow carried away by the fierce wind, but most important standing the test of time.Time (in Greek χρόνος- Chronos) is related with Cronos-Saturn, a mythological god, father of Zeus, who had the bad habit to eat his children, exactly as time does. To avoid his destiny (to be eaten by his father), Zeus found refuge in a cave, in another plateau, much bigger than Omalos and much more famous, the Lassithi plateau, not very far from this one.


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  • Jan Timmons
    Jan Timmons12 months ago

    Dramatic shot!

  • Thank you very much for your kind words!

    – Hercules Milas

  • Vicki Spindler (VHS Photography)
    Vicki Spindler...12 months ago

    WOW amazing image!!! Just love it :)))))))))))

  • Noel Elliot
    Noel Elliot12 months ago

    Outstanding B&W Hercules

  • Thank you very much, Noel!

    – Hercules Milas

  • nadine henley
    nadine henley12 months ago

    magnificent shot, hercules – a great name to go with this mythological place.

  • Many thanks for your kind words, Nadine!

    – Hercules Milas

  • V-Light
    V-Light12 months ago

    Perfect! Powerful and atmospheric!

  • tori yule
    tori yule12 months ago
  • Thank you very much!

    – Hercules Milas

  • Carol and Mike Werner
    Carol and Mike...12 months ago

    Wonderful photo, Hercules . . . and a most interesting story . . . thanks!

  • Thank you very much for you kind words!

    – Hercules Milas

  • calvinincalif
    calvinincalif11 months ago

  • Joe Jennelle
    Joe Jennelle11 months ago

    What a lovely and inspirational image. Don’t you admire those trees, which have tenaciously survived in spite of incredible odds. Congratulations and Very well done!

  • Thank you very much for your kind words!

    – Hercules Milas

  • peteton
    peteton11 months ago

    Excellent moody monotone

  • Thank you very much!

    – Hercules Milas

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