Santorini: A Mediterranean Jewel— Part 2… The Wednesday Photograph Series

Blue topped church and other buildings in Santorini P

For its size, Santorini has numerous churches and chapels. Many of the smaller ones were built and dedicated by families of fisherman in thanks for their loved ones return from sea. (Photo by Peggy Mekemson.)

Today marks my second photographic essay on the beautiful Greek Island of Santorini.

Living on Santorini can be a bit hazardous to your health. It is a volcanic area prone to earthquakes and has suffered from several volcanic eruptions over time. As I mentioned in my last post, Santorini is part of an archipelago that surrounds a caldera. Calderas are created when the magna chamber under a volcano is emptied out and the volcano comes crashing down into itself. Crater Lake in Oregon is another example.

A massive volcanic explosion 3600 years ago may have been responsible for destroying the Minoan civilization on Crete. It may also have been tied to the legend of Atlantis.

Santorini photo of Greek Orthodox Church by Curtis Mekemson.

I found some leaves to frame this blue-topped Greek Orthodox Church.

Church bells against dark sky in Santorini

Peggy captured this bell tower outlined by a dark sky. (Photo by Peggy Mekemson.)

Santorini windmill

A Santorini windmill.

Blue door on Santorini

Blue doors are common on the island.

The blue doors of Santorini

Very common! (Photo by Peggy Mekemson.)

Walkway in Santorini

In addition to enjoying the beauty of the buildings and the Aegean Sea on Santorini, we wandered around the town of Oia. During the summer, this walkway would have been packed with people. As usual, I was on the lookout for unusual things that might tweak my funny bone or curiosity.

Santorini restaurant

Such as this sign. Mosts tourists aren’t particularly noted for patience. Was this to forewarn them that their food would arrive when it arrived! Or that snails were on the menu? Or that the food was cooked slowly? (Photo by Peggy Mekemson.)

Octupus doorway on Santorini

This octopus wrapped itself around a doorway.

Sphinx on Santorini

An orangish, golden sphinx hung out on a porch.

Santorini lion

And a white-washed lion looked down on us.

Climbing a ladder in Santorini

This fellow was obviously eager to climb to the top. (Photo by Peggy Mekemson.)

Tourist dishes on Santorini

As one would expect, there were the usual souvenirs, all with a Santorini twist.

Pottery on Santorini

I liked this vase.

Bright green plants on Santorini

And this succulent plant.

Gateway in Santorini P

A number of interesting gates beckoned.

Santorini dog

Cats and dogs wandered freely around Oia. I was curious about how many of these animals had homes. My blogging friends from Animal Couriers often transport these animals for free to loving homes throughout Europe. This guy was so well groomed I suspect he had a home, but he would have been welcomed in ours.

Final view of Santorini

A final look at Santorini.


FRIDAY’S POST: Happy holidays

TUESDAY’S POST: The folks around Copalis really like Sasquatch

THURSDAY’S POST: Photos from the gardens of Chatsworth




36 thoughts on “Santorini: A Mediterranean Jewel— Part 2… The Wednesday Photograph Series

  1. Had I had a bucket list, Santorini would have been near the top because it symbolized the Greek Isles for me. When we finally made it, it was everything I hoped. I also was taken by the gold jewelry in the store windows [which is as close as I got] because it seemed so much more creative than any other I had ever seen.
    Your photos make me want to return.

    • Santorini is about as close to a fairytale land as you can get and still be in this world, Ray… at least from a photography perspective. And thanks. Our photos make us want to return. 🙂

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  3. Love this. Was in Santorini for only 1 brief day on a cruise, but we loved it. Some of my most memorable photographs are from that day, it’s so amazingly photogenic. Nice work!

      • Curt, that’s what it’s from. I took a picture of the sign outside the ruins at Ephesus. I stylized it later. I’m a marketing executive for a software company, and the name just says “marketing” to me!

  4. What a beautiful set of photos. Curt, you have described your journey with such interesting detail. The Greek Orthodox Church, the blue doors, the windmill. And Peggy has as good an eye for beautiful photos too. Thank you.

    • It is hard to take a bad photo on Santorini, JoHanna. It is just about like turning any direction you want, pointing and shooting. And I am lucky to have Peggy’s skills along! We always have a lot of fun with our cameras, inspiring each other. –Curt

  5. That glorious blue is everywhere…doors, roofs, ornaments, the sky and sea! Wonderful photos and description, Curt! I’ve visited Crete a few times and these remind me of that island but even more picturesque!

    • The colors were amazing and the setting spectacular, Annika. I’ve never made it to Crete but would like to. In fact, I would like to spend much more time exploring Mediterranean Islands! –Curt

  6. Thanks for the info on calderas. New term for me. And for the shots of churches, the windmill, and tiny pathways among the buildings. We’re headed to Morocco in May, and we’ve seen photos of the medinas there — similar tiny passageways. We’re getting a guide so we don’t get trapped!

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