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Whilst on holiday in Kos we took a cruise on the Aegean Sea and had a stop at Kalymnos Island. It was such a lovely place and I would like to share a journey of several images with you, starting with this beautiful little window that caught my eye; of course I just HAD to enhance it with a texture! The rest of the images are as captured - please feel free to browse at your leisure. Below follows a narrative about the island which some may find interesting. Thank you for your continued comments on my images, I am pleased you are enjoying them.

Here follows the narrative - it is long, you have been warned!!!! Wink

Kalymnos, is a Greek island and municipality in the southeastern Aegean Sea. It belongs to the Dodecanese and is located to the west of the peninsula of Bodrum, between the islands of Kos (south, at a distance of 12 km) and Leros (north, at a distance of less than 2 km): the latter is linked to it through a series of islets. Kalymnos lies between two to five hours away by sea from Rhodes.
The island is roughly rectangular in shape, with a length of 21 km and a width of 13 km, and covers an area of 109 km˛. Moreover, on the north side there is a peninsula which stretches in a Northwest direction.
Kalymnos is mainly mountainous, with a complicated pattern. There are three main chains going from W-NW to E-SE, and a fourth one which innervates the peninsula. The coastline is very irregular, with many sheltered coves. The island is mainly barren, except the two fertile valleys of Vathi and Pothia, where olives, oranges and vineyards grow.
Earthquakes are a frequent occurrence around Kalymnos.
The Sponge of Kalymnos: The usage of sponge was first mentioned in the works of Aristotle and Homer. Since the ancient times, the life and culture of Kalymnos Island was linked to this marine animal; this is the reason Kalymnos is also known as the "Sponge-divers' island". Sponge diving has always been a common occupation on Kalymnos and sponges have been the main source of income of the Kalymnians bringing wealth on the island and making it famous in the Mediterranean.
The first Kalymnian sponge divers used no uniform or equipment and relied mostly on their ability to hold their breath in the sea. The traditional way of sponge-fishing before their replacement by modern technology and special equipment was the harpoon. The new technology allowed spongers to dive in greater depths and stay longer under the water. However, this otherwise positive fact caused the appearance of decompression sickness, also known as the divers' disease or the bends.
The Greek sponge trade was centered close to Dodecanese with Kalymnos being the most prominent for centuries and until mid-80’s, when a disease hit the eastern Mediterranean destroying a great number of sponges and the sponge-fishing industry by extension.
Sponge diving with all its traditions and history still forms the very soul of the people of this island. There is a celebration called Sponge Week taking place on the island each year one week after Easter to honour the relationship between the people of Kalymnos and the sponge, which is also known as the Kalymnian “Gold”. As usual in these occasions, the people sing, dance, and eat traditionally
By long tradition, Kalymnians are known for harvesting sponges from the sea-bed as close as Pserimos or as far as North Africa. Much has been written, sung and filmed about this ancient and dangerous occupation and much more concerning the legendary courage and recklessness of the sponge divers. Today, Kalymnos faces a lack of sponges due to the outbreak of a disease which has decimated sponge crops, although research would indicate that this is not permanent. Sponges are fished individually by hand and it is only a matter of time before the species will replenish the sponge beds and again take their rightful place in the island's economy.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon Powershot SX20 IS
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:1 Jun 2012 - 11:53 AM
Focal Length:9.2mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.5
Aperture:f/3.5
Shutter Speed:1/250sec
Exposure Comp:+2/3
ISO:100
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:A Window to Kalymnos
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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64362 forum postsSlowSong vcard England28 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jun 2012 - 10:46 AM

Beautiful window to start off your lovely travellogue. Smile
Chris

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saeidNL
saeidNL  4 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jun 2012 - 10:48 AM

Wonderful,excellent and colourful set of images,very well done,
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Len1950
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12 Jun 2012 - 10:50 AM

Now I'm ready for my hols after perusing through your images, a super set with an excellent write up.

Len

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barbarahirst
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12 Jun 2012 - 10:57 AM

Wonderful in every way
I visited there in the 70's ...doesnt seem to have changed much

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EAS
EAS  5 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jun 2012 - 11:10 AM

I especially love V1!

Ann

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Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States51 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jun 2012 - 11:19 AM

It looks like a wonderful place to spend a holiday.
V1 is so very beautiful, but each one could stand alone.

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digital_boi
12 Jun 2012 - 11:26 AM

a fine set of your holiday adventure just reeks of summer

Graham

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BarbaraR
BarbaraR  8 England1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jun 2012 - 11:31 AM

Mmm looks such an inviting a place.
I can feel the warmth and the relaxation.
Very lovely set.

B.

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PattiW
PattiW e2 Member 9PattiW vcard United States2 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jun 2012 - 12:25 PM

Marvelous set of images, each more beautiful than the one before. A place I would love to visit! Patti

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41035 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England134 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jun 2012 - 12:32 PM

Excellent record, Carol, and its so invitingly warm and sunny.... v1 is the cream of the crop.

Dave

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gingerdelight
12 Jun 2012 - 12:50 PM

Thank you everyone! And very special thanks to PattiW for your UA, I am thrilled!
C.

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7407 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom998 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jun 2012 - 2:56 PM

OK, playing for the sympathy vote... Wink
V1 stands out for me, for its simplicity and the blue that sings out Mediterranean.
Moira

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CaroleS
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12 Jun 2012 - 4:16 PM

What a lovely set to remember your holiday.
Carole

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jun 2012 - 4:24 PM

V1 is simply gorgeous, Carol, and thanks so much for taking us on your trip Smile

Fascinating info in your write-up about the sponges. Although I have to say that what's catching my eye in V7 are those tritons below the sponges. And the starfish to the right. Wow...

Andrew

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andylea
andylea  537 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jun 2012 - 5:02 PM

fantastic set carol brilliant detail wonderful colours belting write up too v1 for me today simply beautiful nice one Wink
andy

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EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jun 2012 - 5:11 PM

A lovely set Carol, I just love V1 with the flowers and the blue shuttters. My next fav is V5, the steps and the shadows make this shot so interesting.
Joan.

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Fefe
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12 Jun 2012 - 5:40 PM

V1 is a beauty! Love it!
Diane

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moiral
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12 Jun 2012 - 6:43 PM

Great set of shots Carol. It is so magical to see dolphins in the wild. Moira

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canonfan
canonfan  4 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2012 - 6:52 PM

Superb set of images Carol and well captured. Im sorry that my comments are not as long as the narrative lol Grin Grin Grin
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LynneJoyce
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12 Jun 2012 - 7:10 PM

Fantastic set!

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Brilane
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12 Jun 2012 - 7:33 PM

Lovely colour and good composition.

D

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mikbee
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12 Jun 2012 - 8:47 PM

I have never read a story as long as this Carole,
since that book I read of Sponge Bob Square Pants.
I think you are being a bit depressing here with your talk of disease and decimated crops.
That Sponge Bob Square Pants just has to be the happiest,cheeriest sponge I know !!
Super set.
Mick.

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Suehh
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12 Jun 2012 - 8:58 PM

Sigh! Sigh! Such beautiful sights Carol. V1 is my fav for sure - a lovely image

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SUE118
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12 Jun 2012 - 9:17 PM

Lovely images and V1 & V9 are my favourites.

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NobbytheNobster
12 Jun 2012 - 10:11 PM

Lovely set Carol, and what a way to travel in such a beautiful place Smile
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danbrann
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13 Jun 2012 - 2:43 PM

A good set Carol and that weather looks positively awful. Why couldn't you have torrential rain and low temperatures like we have had. A good set of images.

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Lillian
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13 Jun 2012 - 7:44 PM

Thank you for the memories Carol, my husband and I spent two wonderful weeks there (although no fresh water to drink of shower)
a wonderful set of images
Lillian

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18 Jun 2012 - 10:30 PM

V1 and v5 particularly appeal in this wonderful selection of holiday images, you've soaked up knowledge of the local area just like a spongeSmile

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