An aerial picture of the island of Delos, a sacred island in antiquity, close to Mykonos, the western end of which is also included in the picture.
There's also a glimpse of my wonderful fellow passenger, an eleven year old boy who was travelling unaccompanied from Leros to Athens to spend the Easter holidays with his father. We kept talking throughout the flight, he was asking so many questions about the views and places below. I had to squeeze my mind to find answers and information, we consulted the map of the Olympic Air magazine too.
It's thanks to him I paid so much attention and decided to get the pictures -which didn't keep us from talking. I told him that if he looked carefully, he'd see the main archeological sites on Delos. I can't tell you the same given the quality of the photo but, still, it's on the left hand side near a line extending from the islant towards the nearby islets.
The island of Delos, near Mykonos, near the centre of the Cyclades archipelago, is one of the most important mythological, historical and archaeological sites in Greece. The excavations in the island are among the most extensive in the Mediterranean; ongoing work takes place under the direction of the French School at Athens and many of the artifacts found are on display at the Archaeological Museum of Delos and the National Archaeological Museum of Athens.
Delos had a position as a holy sanctuary for a millennium before Olympian Greek mythology made it the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. From its Sacred Harbour, the horizon shows the two conical mounds (image below) that have identified landscapes sacred to a goddess in other sites: one, retaining its pre-Greek name Mount Kynthos, is crowned with a sanctuary of Zeus.
Established as a culture center, Delos had an importance that its natural resources could never have offered. In this vein Leto, searching for a birthing-place for Artemis and Apollo, addressed the island:
Delos, if you would be willing to be the abode of my son Phoebus Apollo and make him a rich temple –; for no other will touch you, as you will find: and I think you will never be rich in oxen and sheep, nor bear vintage nor yet produce plants abundantly. But if you have the temple of far-shooting Apollo, all men will bring you hecatombs and gather here, and incessant savour of rich sacrifice will always arise, and you will feed those who dwell in you from the hand of strangers; for truly your own soil is not rich.
—Homeric Hymn to Delian Apollo 51–60
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jhm (160917) 2013-05-08 3:53
Almost analogue to you previous picture with this same window,
Now get we a head as extra silhouette,
Your picture is very well taken, excellent sharpness and clarity.
Very well done, TFS.
Sergiom (89267) 2013-05-08 4:46
On se croirait presque sur Google Earth. Il ne reste plus qu'à agrandir pour commencer à voir les détails. J'aime la tête du personnage sur la droite qui met en scène.
manrezaei (1749) 2013-05-08 7:00
Very nice shot. Great exposure, superb colors and lights you captured here. Very well done.
ikeharel (79161) 2013-05-08 8:10
Nice dedication to the 11 years young guy, who appears looking down to sea and islands.
Fine clear image, POV is unique, and well collected.
Miguel82 (27752) 2013-05-08 8:11
So beautiful view Ourania,
The island on the left reminds me Corsica or Tunisian map
Clear shot with nice contrast and pov
Not easy to capture
Have a nice day
holmertz (59750) 2013-05-08 11:05
Ooops, you did it again ;-)
This is very similar to that other one, and yet quite different. The slightly different angle gives the window another shape, also the boy's head adds another dimension. I think the plane may have been changing direction at this time, turning right and dipping its wing, since the islands look almost like they are "standing" instead of lying flat below you. I get the impression this is actullay seen from a submarine and that the boy is looking at something brown floating by in the water.
pajaran (66318) 2013-05-08 11:32
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst ...
Lep pogled sa prozora aviona.
Dobra kompozicija, lepo pokazano.
Prijatno vece i sve najbolje.
Very interesting and good text ...
Nice view from the window of an airplane.
Good composition, nicely shown.
Good evening and all the best.
abmdsudi (58260) 2013-05-10 23:01
Your note is useful as we get to concentrate on the glimpse of the silhoutted fig in sharp focus and the out of focus background gives the context of the environment. Despite the minimalist, the photo conveys your ideas of strong connection with the subject matter nicely. Well done, TFS
mcmtanyel (29668) 2013-07-02 7:50
This is a very creative shot. The silhouette framing with the body of the plane and the boy's head is very effective. One can hardly get any clear pictures behind thick (and dirty) airplane glass, anyway, so don't worry about the sharpness. However, I think I can see the ruins you've mentioned, if the window were a clock face, it would be at the 10 o'clock position, wouldn't it?
PS. I was actually looking for the photo you mentioned in your critique of "Old Stone Church" when I stumbled across this.