Saturday, August 17, 2013

A Zilly View of Mykonos.


Last week I offered a peek at Mykonos in August, a view that some thought a bit too risqué (no need to scroll through the index, here’s the link), others as concentrating too heavily on the partying side of the season, and a few as neglecting the natural beauty of the island in favor of the artificially enhanced transient sort.  

As regular readers of MIE know, I try my best to give a balanced, though somewhat unhinged, view of this paradise where I spend more time than anywhere else on earth.

Still, in order to maintain domestic bliss I have agreed to give equal time to a close personal friend who’s threatened to no longer be that should I fail to present her take on Mykonos in August.  Each day she somehow manages to put down her pencils and pastels and steal away for a few hours from her portraits of children and dogs to visit her special places of inspiration.


So, without further sycophantic groveling, here’s Mykonos in August through the lens of Barbara Zilly.

Look close and see much…


Step back and reflect…



See the past still tethered to the present…






Along any road there is much to see…




Friends to meet…


Peace to find…


IF YOU BOTHER TO LOOK!!!


Jeff—Saturday

20 comments:

  1. Fabulous memories and good times.

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  2. These photos say a lot about the peace and simplicity that still exist on an island overtaken by the madness of summer crowds. Thanks to the Zilly Zen lens for reminding us of what matters more right now.

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    1. Jody, you always liked the Zilly lensmeister better than me.

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  3. Absolutely fantastic! That sky is almost out of this world it's so beautiful.

    Congratulations to those who can manage to live on that island, full-time, part-time or even once in a while. What a treasure.

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    1. As the myth goes, Kathy D, Apollo the God of Light was born under that very sky! And yes we are, thank you.

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  4. The eyes of the artist! Thank you, Jeff, for giving us a chance to experience these splendid views. The perfect antidote to those lowlife scenes. What a piece of work is man. Capable of worship and desecration. Viva Barbara!

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    1. Quote. " I knew she'd write something nice. Annamaria is the one who inspired me to do this when I read her comment to what you did last week."

      I'm being ganged up on.

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    2. Jeff, you have my permission to continue your bragging.

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  5. The pictures are stunning! The only thing comparable are the drawings! Thanks for sharing these.
    Michael.

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  6. In keeping with Annamaria's permission, Barbara truly is a magnificent artist. Thank you.

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  7. Loved the drawings! And the pictures, truly, made me feel like I was reading "Murder On Mykonos" again, which is a testament to both the pictures and the book. Thanks to you both!

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    1. Now I'm really getting nervous. Even Everett is wholly gracious in his praise. There must be something aboutt this Zilly person that brings the absolute best out in people. Thanks, Everett, you're helping to make me a better person.

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    2. Well, Jeff, I know you can use all the help you can get, so I'm just doing what little I can. After all, even Paradise can be improved. But Zilly sounds pretty near perfect already...

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  8. The drawings are lovely, and some of these photographs are breathtaking. What a beautiful place and what a great eye your lady has. Thank you for this visit.

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    1. And it's not just her eye!

      Whoops, what I meant is she can draw, too. :)

      On Barbara's behalf, thanks to all for your kind words.

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  9. Thank you Jeff and thank you Barbara - being a complete photo klutz myself I know how hard it is to capture a beautiful photo, much less one after the other. See you guys soon!

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  10. I'm only entrusted with holding the camera, so I'm your brother in klutzing. Can't wait to see ya'll, too.

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