Photographer's Note

This is a photo from Lake Kerkini, an artificial lake created when a dam was built on 1932 near the village of Lithotopos in order to control the flow of Strymonas river, the main water provider of the lake. It became a natural wander and a good example of how sometimes (unfortunately not very often) the human intervention can make miracles.

Besides its enchanting beauty, the lake is a very important biosphere protected by the Internetional Convention of Ramsar. Here's some informacion I found in "":
"Thousands of birds, both rare and protege, riverside forests, water-lilies in a large area, fish variety and fantastic panoramic view from the mountains of Beles and Krousia give it a characteristic tone. Actually the lake hosts 227 kinds of birds, especially non-migrants. 76 of them are recorded in the National Red Catalogue, while at least 31 of them are protected by EEC's Directive concerning wild life. What makes an exceptional presence is the buffalo's herd in the area, plus the one of the jackelo in the area of Kerkini lake. In the surrounding area of Kerkini lake there are at least 10 amphibian species (frogs, salamanders, tritons), 5 snail species, 19 reptile species (lizards, snakes, turtles) and a great variety of insects which play an important part in the food chain and contribute towards the biological resources of the lake."

While I was wandering around the lake I saw this traditional boat of the lake attouched to a small piece of land surrounded by water. It looked to me like an arrow in the heart. Yes, I fell in love with that place.

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Additional Photos by Hercules Milas (Cretense) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5327 W: 74 N: 16998] (68709)
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