>> Saturday, March 18, 2017 – cyclamens, Pedi, St Nicholas, Symi beaches, Symi in the Second World War, Symi weather in March, Symi wild flowers
|The Taxiarchis hotel in Chorio, surrounded by a sea of daisies.|
|A eucalyptus tree grows out of dry stone wall on the Pedi road.|
|Drifts of wild cyclamens catch the light in the Pedi valley.|
|Spring magic in the Pedi valley.|
|Many of the old houses have planters in the top of the courtyard wall. This house has been empty for ages, ever since I have been on Symi, but the freesias come up every year.|
|A Second World War souvenir in Pedi. It may be peaceful now but Symi saw some fierce fighting during the war and the island changed hands several times.|
|St Nicholas beach on a sunny day in March. Everything is closed up still for the winter and we took our own picnic. The beaches on Symi don't start to open up until late May or even early June, depending on how many people are around.|
|Wild lilies growing among the rocks above St Nicholas.|
|The steps down to the beach.|
I am having some camera problems at the moment. The focus on my own camera has become erratic after about 4 years of constant use. A friend loaned me her camera which is what I used to take the pictures above. It is a lovely camera but unfortunately there are two tiny scratches, right in the middle of the lense, which show up as two elliptical dark shadows in the middle of any landscape shots, making my views of Symi appear to feature UFOs. Not appropriate for blog purposes! I had a look in Rhodes yesterday but as so many people depend on their smartphones for photographs these days, the shops don't carry much in the way of cameras anymore. As my needs are fairly specific, I prefer to see something and handle it before buying to make sure that I can see the screen easily and that the controls aren't too twiddly so ordering sight unseen on line is not for me. This could take a while!
Have a good weekend.