Heavenly Zagora sky

Sunlight streaming through clouds as seen from Zagora
Sunlight streaming through clouds as seen from Zagora during the day. © AAIA; photo by Irma Havlicek
by Irma Havlicek
Web content producer

As I mentioned in the last post with the ZAP team photo, today was the last day of excavation for this season at Zagora.

I wondered what would be my last glimpse of Zagora. The gods did not disappoint. I turned around on the path to see a spectacularly heavenly sky with rosy golden glow of sunlight shafting down to the Aegean below.

Zagora in a heavenly light
Zagora in a heavenly light, as I turned back from the path on, possibly, my last ever walk back from Zagora. © AAIA; photo by Irma Havlicek


Earlier in the day, we had also had a spectacular light show thrown by the heavens.

Sunlight streaming through clouds as seen from Zagora
Sunlight streaming through clouds as seen from the south of Zagora during the day. © AAIA; photo by Irma Havlicek


Were the gods trying to tell us something? Perhaps we are supposed to come back here after all. In any case, I hope you enjoy these photos of beautiful Zagora. When you’re there, it’s hard to stop looking at the view, and hard not to keep taking photographs. So much to see and savour. And so much still to learn.

The sky as seen from the car on the drive home
And here was the sky as seen from the car on the drive home. © AAIA; photo by Irma Havlicek
Another shot seen from the car on the way home
Another shot seen from the car on the way home. © AAIA; photo by Irma Havlicek

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7 thoughts on “Heavenly Zagora sky”

  1. What wonderful photographs on what is probably a very emotional day for you all. It’s such a paradox, isn’t it? – do you just enjoy what you’re seeing or do you try to take a record of it and perhaps compromise your immediate experience of the event? It reminds me of Hungry Joe in that wonderful book “Catch 22”, who was scared to go and get his camera in case what he was seeing vanished!
    Clearly the sky was an omen indicating that you’ll all be back!

    • That’s right, Malcolm – sometimes just looking and absorbing the whole experience is the best thing. But with wanting to record it for others on this blog, I find if I see something fantastic, I’m reaching for my camera as an automatic response. I’ll have to start leaving my camera behind at least some of the time when I’m going for walks back in Australia. ‘Catch 22’ is on my list of books to read when I have more time. Your comment has just moved it up the list – thanks for the reminder (because soon I’ll have more time)! I’m wary of being swayed by omens – however in this case, I will allow it if it means we’ll be back.

  2. What an amazing time and experience all the ZAPpers have had. I have loved looking at these blogs and what you are all up to and seeing the occasional glimpse of my son Lachlan who has loved being on the dig site. I really hope that in the not too distant future I can go to Andros and see Zagora myself. A big thank you and congratulations on the blogs, it has been great for us parents so far away.
    Have a wonderful “last night” together and all have a safe trip home.
    Regards Sue Chisholm

  3. The photographs and your text show very well what one living in Zagora very soon realizes, that it’s a heavenly place… Will heaven be like Zagora? We’ll see.. Thank you for loving this place.. Have a nice trip back..

    • Many thanks, Lynda. Yes, we certainly love it, and hope to be back. I have more posts planned for the blog even though I’m on my way home now. So do, please, keep checking on the blog for updates. Thanks again for your interest in the blog – makes it much more enjoyable keeping the blog up when I know people are reading it! Kind regards, Irma

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