Had enough rain
Cyprus is known for its sunshine. Annoyingly whenever it rains, people bang on about “We need the rain”. This winter it’s rained so much everybody’s given up with that nonsense and we’re all had enough and are waiting for Spring.
A by-product of all this rain is most of the island’s reservoirs are overflowing. In the case of the Asprokremmos Dam, it’s the first time it’s done so since 2004. And it’s not a trickle, there’s a torrent coming down the overflow.
Walk? What's that?
I had a bit of a drive around to find a great place to photograph the overflowing water, but eventually resorted to slinging the bag on my back and walking. When you live in Cyprus, walking anywhere is regarded as failure. If you’re going shopping, it’s abject failure if you can’t get both of the car’s front wheels right in the shop.
On top of the walking, it took some scrambling too to get up to the vantage point I wanted. Once there, I was balanced precariously on a rocky outcrop. It had been a waste of time lugging the tripod up, there was nowhere to set it up.
I got the dam shots I wanted, but a hunch told me they weren’t going to be the afternoon’s pictures.
What's that in the distance?
Off in the distance were a bunch of bee hives. The only thing missing from them was a large, flashing, neon sign saying “Photograph Me”.
Getting back down from my vantage point was a bigger challenge than getting up, and then headed off beehive hunting. It was so rewarding.
Set out in long gently curving rows, there were hundreds of the bee hives, all painted jaunty colours. A gift for a photographer or what?
Long lens on, f5.6 to get a nice depth of field effect and the rest was easy. I spent much longer on the beehives than I did on the dam. Check out the results for yourself in my Kouklia picture gallery.