last year around this time, we watched the supermoon rise over the acropolis. this year, we got up at 3 AM to see the blood moon/lunar eclipse over our house. unfortunately, after weeks of clear skies, the clouds had started rolling in over the weekend, and when we got up, the moon was completely obscured by clouds. around an hour later, the skies miraculously opened so we could see the eclipse begin; right before the climax, however, the clouds came back in force, and the show was over.
the summer light in mykonos is brilliant, with a strength and clarity that i have never seen anywhere else, particularly when it reflects off the white lime surfaces of the buildings there. it’s hard for me to find the words to describe it; it’s like some sort of visual umami.
many families in mykonos have built small chapels adjacent to their homes or in nearby fields, to commemorate the passing of a loved one. the combination of white church, blue sky, and mykonos lighting is hard to resist.
in the 16th century, the venetians, who occupied mykonos for approximately 300 years, built windmills on the island to mill wheat. mykonos is sometimes referred to as “the island of wind.” given the number of times i had to chase my hat across the parking lot, i can attest to the accuracy of that.
lately, i am a fan of the “one camera, one lens” philosophy, which means no wide angle or zoom lenses. this makes getting all of the windmills into one shot very difficult; hence, i had to go for a more “artistic” approach.
windmills at sunset:
and at sunrise: