This is the “beach of the boats” as we call it, and this boat’s name is “Χαρά”, wich means “Joy” in Greek, and it’s located there for as long as i remember.
This is today. The beach is full of umbrellas for rent, and “Χαρά” is dumped in the Olive tree field across the street.
I know, you are thinking “She is exaggerating, those umbrellas don’t look that bad”
Right behind those umbrellas, where the road starts, there’s a sign-
Protected Area – Pancratiummaritimum – Sea lily
And what’s more, everyone in the village know that in this beach sea turtles lay their eggs. ( i wish i had a photo of that for you…)
This is a wetland, we call it “salted lake” because people used to gather sea salt from it many years ago. It is dry in the summer and full of water in the winter due to the sea waves that reach to it and fill it with water. These photos are taken in 2003 too.
This is today. Photovoltaics located 50 meters away from the lake. 50 meters away from the WWF sign declaring that this is a protected wetland of Crete. So what do you think, will the flamingos and herons visit their lake this year???
This is my home, i ‘ve been spending months here every year since i was a few days old. And yeah, you can’t stop evolution and technology, i know, i am an engineer. But people should also know better and preserve pure nature.
I ‘ve seen eagles dive into the sky to grab a snake, seagulls following me while i call their names, baby sea turtles steps on the sand, pink flamingos cruising the water, fishes with wings bright green, a moon so big and red, skies so full of stars you can’t even imagine…
Respect is a huge word, almost unbearable.
Imagine a beach full of people and among them a big sea turtle swimming, approaching the shore. Maybe she came accidentally. She had a huge hook hanging out of her mouth. The old village fishermen respect those giants. I remember a boy running at a close boat and bringing back a shiny thing. His dad kept the animal’s mouth open and unblocked the hook from her lips. The turtle swimmed back to the ocean with a few people accompanying her.
You see, i fear my kids won’t have the chance to see those animal’s eyes.
They say it’s an animal planet. I kinda doubt that.
-"Once upon a time, there was a little red riding hood, & one day, while she was walking in the woods, she saw a wolf..." -"mom, mom, what's a wolf???"