A view from the harbor of Ayia Marina on a particularly windless and quiet morning.
Today Epiphany is celebrated all over Greece, in spite of the rainy and cold weather. The water is blessed and this has a special significance in the islands that depend on water for work and transportation as well.
In Greece, Cyprus and the Greek diaspora throughout the world, the feast is called the Theophany, or colloquially called the Phōta (Greek: Φώτα, "Lights") and customs revolve around the Great Blessing of the Waters. It marks the end of the traditional ban on sailing, as the tumultuous winter seas are cleansed of the mischief-prone kalikántzaroi, the goblins that try to torment God-fearing Christians through the festive season. At this ceremony, a cross is thrown into the water, and the men clamour to retrieve it for good luck. The Phota form the middle of another festive triduum, together with Epiphany Eve, January 6 (and eve of January 5), when children sing the Epiphany carols, and the great feast of St. John the Baptist on January 7 (and eve of January 6), when the numerous Johns and Joans celebrate their name-day.
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holmertz (34647) 2014-01-06 4:17
I have read about this ceremony of retrieving the cross from the water. If we had that tradition here it would nowadays be regarded as highly politically incorrect to have just men diving for it :-). Although not showing that ceremony this photo shows the beauty of small boats of different kinds anchored in the calm sea on a sunny day, casting lovely reflections in the water.
snunney (76402) 2014-01-06 4:31
An interesting and informative story to accompany this pleasant composition. The light is very appealing as are the reflections in the rippling waters of the harbour. I like the oblique point of view and the attractive natural tones. Sharpness is very good indeed.
Subhogen (4037) 2014-01-06 4:32
A lovely shot from the harbor on a bright sunny day. I like the colorful boats and their reflections in the clear water. I specially like the small boat tied to the big boat in the BG, they seem like mother and child :-). Good informative note about the festival as well. Thanks for sharing a photo with excellent clarity, light and colors.
jhm (131840) 2014-01-06 4:46
These picture is wonderful of quality, but also sharpness and clarity are perfect.
A nice group fisher boats are a nice subject, also through the wonderful reflections.
Excellent composition, pleasant to look at.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice week,
Sergiom (50600) 2014-01-06 5:40
J'aime beaucoup ces scènes de petits ports de pêche en Grèce. C'est la magie des couleurs et de la belle luminosité.Ici, j'aime beaucoup les montagnes en arrière plan.
photographer_sg (1536) 2014-01-06 6:08
Absolutely brilliant composition with the two boats with the reflections in the clear water. Great colour and clarity against the pale background. thanks for sharing. Have a nice day.
ikeharel (48330) 2014-01-06 7:33
Happy holiday Ourania,
Beautiful reflection of the boats over the extraordinary calm water, with bright daylight contributed its best performance.
Fine shot, clarity and details superbly collected.
mohammad_H (8130) 2014-01-06 7:41
Elegant and eye-catching
Good combination with View ships and reflection in water
saxo042 (35810) 2014-01-06 8:22
An interesting note and an interesting tradition. A very peaceful scene here with all the colourful boats reflected in the calm water. Many enjoyable details here.
cornejo (25499) 2014-01-06 9:28
Hi Ourania, very good view of this interesting and beautiful scene of daily life, the fishing boats moored at harbor waiting to go fishing, well captured in this great and beautiful photography. Interesting picture with good sharpness, depth, light and color. Very good and nice job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this interesting work.
Good evening and happy start to the week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
Graal (94162) 2014-01-06 10:23
nice view of harbor in Leros. I like the colors of boats and reflections. Good note and quality of photo.
Have a nice evening.
Romano46 (15614) 2014-01-06 10:43
hai scelto una giornata dalla particolare brillantezza della luce per immortalare questa bella scena.
Notevoli, oltre al soggetto che si inserisce a perfezione in una bella composizione nella quale hanno grande rilievo anche le rocce dello sfondo, i riflessi dell'acqua che aggiungono ulteriore bellezza alla composizione.
Una ottima cattura in una giornata meravigliosa.
Splendida la nitidezza anche a motivo di esposizione e di una messa a fuoco particolarmente accurata.
Ciao e buona settimana
SnapRJW (27048) 2014-01-06 10:44
The last day of Christmas Ourania, this is the day we always used to take down out tree and pack away the decorations. Your note is interesting and I shall have to look up more details on what Epiphany means in Greece specifically. A wonderful shot where the light bounces off the water and adds a special luminosity and airiness to the image. I think the neutral colours of the land highlights the colours of the boats really well. Nicely done! Warm regards Rosemary
jemaflor (77476) 2014-01-06 11:00
Beautiful view with these coloured baots, well captured, I like these reflections on the water, tfs.
cargus (7847) 2014-01-06 11:44
Good shot of this small harbour, well-framed boat, with excellent reflections in water, a good combination between color and light.
marina7 (8027) 2014-01-06 11:53
you've managed to take a very clear photo here, I especially like the glassy surface of the water - looks amazing. Nice colors too, so pleasant to see on our gray winter days.
Thanks and all the best!
boa (5436) 2014-01-06 12:02
Your note is interesting and this is new for me! It is good picture here with good clarity and sharpness. Attractive colors and reflections in the water, Tfs!
Have a nice evening/
Silvio1953 (111078) 2014-01-06 13:39
Ciao Ourania, bella composizione con deliziosi riflessi, splendida luce e magnifici colori, brava, ciao Silvio
mcmtanyel (8209) 2014-01-06 18:30
Not knowing what the proper greeting is, I'll simply say, "Happy Epiphany!" Epiphany is not a celebration in the Protestant church, I don't know why.
On the occasion of the Great Blessing of the Waters, you have shared a very appropriate photo of the Aegean waters alive with colorful reflections.
PS. Thank you for your encouraging words on my 1st anniversary on TE.
fabbs99 (14461) 2014-01-06 18:38
Bright shot of the Colorful boats .Very well captured with good lightings and sharpness.Very well done.TFS.
krzychu30 (14986) 2014-01-06 23:37
vever heard about Theophany,so thank You for making us familiar with this part of Greek culture.
Lovely composition well conveing its "maritime" character and interesting note about this custom.
And of course I have to mention about these magnificent reflections and natural,but well saturated colors.
Have a nice day
Noel_Byrne (17203) 2014-01-07 0:26
This image is so fresh and clear and crisp, I can almost smell the sea air as I look at this! A beautiful calm day and great reflection for this day of blessing too, and I must say that I am pleased to learn of this tradition from your note, I had not heard of that before. It speaks volumes of the importance of the seas to Greece to have a day like this and it’s a wonderful tradition to hold. You would think Ireland, being an island, would have something similar, but not so. Perhaps that is why our seas are grey and filled with seaweed and jellyfish. Thanks for another perfect TE entry.
All the best
Kamilutka (6655) 2014-01-07 1:47
nice tradition and quite special day - and it looks like not only seas have been cleansed but also the whole weather got some blessing. Great light and lively and bright colors.
subhendu_bagchi (24381) 2014-01-07 2:18
a beautiful frame here. Like how you composed this. Like the reflected lights on the water. Great colours too. Superb work. Tfs.
eldancer1 (23081) 2014-01-07 7:39
Very nice capture of this little harbor and a good image to go with the celebration of Epiphany, rather symbolic. Good lighting and sharp details. Well done, tfs.
lousat (68565) 2014-01-07 10:38
Ciao Ourania,fantastici riflessi in questo mare quasi liscio come l'olio,perfetta luce per cogliere i migliori dettagli e colori,molto bello anche lo scenario sullo sfondo,la foto pende un po' a destra ma non ci sono problemi..eheheh...buona serata,Luciano
Schnappilic (9682) 2014-01-07 11:30
Nice picture with a lot od silence, good reflections, vivid colors and good light. The result is very pleasant!
nikkitta (11142) 2014-01-07 13:33
Interesting and informative note, must be a touching ceremony the blessing of the waters that give food and transport at people living in the islands
And then a colorful image with (your )reflects on the quiet waters all in a great diagonal way
Wish you the best for 2014
yquem46 (38082) 2014-01-07 13:39
Nice luminous and colorful image of these boats at rest with their reflections
Amazing and funny tiny one, like for a doll, at BG
Best regards and wishes for 2014
npecanhuk (59020) 2014-01-07 15:44
Beautiful and pleasant-looking picture!
Anchored boats are always a great subject for photographs and you certainly use those so greatly! I love those reflections on the water surface!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, horizontal format, chosen pov and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
danos (80957) 2014-01-08 4:26
Ουρανία γεια σου,
όμορφη θαλασσινή φωτογραφία με τις ψαρόβαρκες στο λιμάνι της Αγίας μαρίνας,με τις αντανακλάσεις να συμπληρώνουν το όλο σκηνικό.Το φως της ημέρας αναδεικνύει τα χρώματα και την ομορφιά του λιμανιού.
Cricri (96993) 2014-01-08 5:13
Un style d'image que j'aime particulièrement, superbe cadrage, les couleurs et de merveilleux reflets, une image agréable a regarder
Kielia (22293) 2014-01-09 9:11
another remarkable harbor view and a nicely composed impression of the boats. The perspective is excellent and the light and the colors are really beautiful. My compliments also for the interesting notes!
abmdsudi (36320) 2014-01-09 23:46
Another good shot of a boat station where bright and light colours obviously attract the eyes coupled by some wonderful display in the water. It's competently
framed with great sharpness, Congrats
adores (32694) 2014-01-18 9:50
Beautiful colourful boats! The light is very good and I like the way you included the reflections on the water. It must be very interesting to watch the celebrations on the 6th January also.
Corry (4120) 2014-01-20 16:41
Joli port de pêche avec ces bateaux bien colorés et la montagne en arrière plan. Belles réflexions sur l'eau. Bien fait.