Monday, May 21, 2012

On a cloudy afternoon

Letzte Worte über Griechenland

Was ist mir Ruhm und Ehre, was die Qual,
in der ein Volk gebiert ein neues Reich?
Ich stürb′ dafür. Doch hätte ich die Wahl,
ich ließ′ die Krone: Lorbeer macht mich reich.
Ich bin ein Narr der Leidenschaft; einmal
nur blickst du kalt mich an, ich werde bleich -
ein Vogel, dem ein Vipernblick befahl,
herabzustürzen in des Todes Reich.
So blendend ist, so bannend dieser Strahl,
so stark dein Zauber - oder ich so weich.

George Gordon Lord Byron
(* 22.01.1788 , † 19.04.1824)

Last Words On Greece
WHAT are to me those honors or renown
Past or to come, a new-born people's cry?
Albeit for such I could despise a crown
Of aught save laurel, or for such could die.
I am a fool of passion, and a frown
Of thine to me is as an adder's eye.
To the poor bird whose pinion fluttering down
Wafts unto death the breast it bore so high;
Such is this maddening fascination grown,
So strong thy magic or so weak am I.


  1. These are very nice Monika. Have a great week.

  2. Amazing pictures. So beautiful indeed!!

  3. ich beneide deinen Blick auf diese geschichtlichen Überlieferungen, Steine, Reste aus vergangenen Zeiten, von Händen geschaffen, vom Geist gefüllt.
    ganz liebe Grüße von Jasmin

  4. I love the first photo
    cool capture!

  5. εμένα πάλι μου αρέσει ιδιαίτερα η δεύτερη φωτογραφία. έχει να κάνει με τη σύλληψη του χώρου . ο Παρθενώνας ένα καράβι στην ακίνητη θάλασσα

  6. Soooo bewölkt ist es doch gar nicht ;-)

    Liebe Abendgruessle

  7. Der Titel macht nachdenklich. Letzte Worte über Griechenland.
    LG Sabine

  8. I love you Greece, what ever happens.

  9. Sono bellissimi scatti,bravissima!

  10. Monika, I think you enjoyed so much this cloudy afternoon. And it inspired you to take beautiful pictures. The first photograph is amazing, You were able to capture the birds in the flight. And it's a breathtaking. I managed it only once.

    And the second photograph is a beautiful history. I love pictures like this a lot. Great photography as usual and very impressive.

    I wish you a beautiful and happy week and I send to you many hugs.

  11. ¸.•°`♥✿⊱╮
    ❤♡ Linda paisagens!!!
    Gosto da sensação de liberdade da primeira foto.
    Boa semana!

  12. Beautiful words! I love the second photo!

  13. Wonderful photography, Monika.

    When a mood for reading comes to you, find "The Missolonghi Manuscript" by Frederic Prokosch. It is a novel about the last days of Lord Byron as he reminisces about his life and adventures with people like Percy and Mary Shelley.

  14. Had to go back to April to catch up - glad I did: beautiful photos of a beautiful country (if only politicians didn't interfere with life !).

    Have a wonderful week Monika.

  15. love lord byrons' poems.
    and your photos are just lovely!!
    beautiful composition in the first one.

    have a great week ahead!

    big hugs!


  16. hello monica!!and greetings from norway!!How are your people..and you??am following your politics in your country..what a mess...

    may be you should leave euro and get drakmar back..

    well its some nic ephotoes you have captured too!!i love the old bulidings!!your lucky to live in such beutiful place!!

    ok..see you soon!!big kissss!!

  17. Αχ.... πατρίδα μου όμορφη!
    Φιλιά πολλά γλυκιά μου

  18. I would love to visit here someday.
    The view in the second image is so beautiful.
    Thank you for giving us these tours of such a wonderful place!

  19. Preciosas imágenes. Un beso desde Murcia..seguimos...

  20. λόγος και εικόνα εδώ αρμονίζονται μοναδικά... καλησπέρα φίλη μου...

  21. Tus fotografías hacen que me transporte a ese lindo país donde vives y al que estoy deseando visitar.
    Soy un enamorado de la cultura griega.
    Un beso.