Surrounded by Rocks: An Exploration Series, Chapter 6

It’s time for the next chapter by Nightjar and today we’re looking up to see the vast landscape around us.

Chapter 6 – East Hill: The Views


I’m always searching for rocks, fossils, flowers and insects, and often I have to remind myself to look up at the views. But let’s look up from the ground now. The first thing we see are some windmills in ruins. There are several here and they were made with limestone, of course.

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Looking down south we can see the vineyards in their full autumn display and some green fields. The round trees in the foreground and among the vineyards are olive trees. There are still many people here that produce wine and olive oil for their own consumption and to share with family. My family’s vineyard is a little bit more to the right and not shown in the photo.

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On the foothill there is the village’s soccer field. A match was about to start!

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Let’s look west now. Those houses are the northern part of the village and in the background we can see the West Hill. It looks very different in terms of vegetation density, doesn’t it? Can you guess what those trees are?

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In the next chapter we will explore the West Hill and see this one from the other side!

Thanks, Nightjar.


  1. Ice Swimmer says

    The second is a look into a different kind of agriculture that’s rare here. Here they mostly grow grain, hay, oilseed variant of turnip, potatoes or strawberries.

    Is there also sandstone nearby, or were the millstones also limestone? The windmill ruins fascinate me.

  2. Nightjar says

    Ice Swimmer, the millstones are also limestone. There are still a few millstones inside the windmills, but I forgot to go inside one to take pictures. Maybe next time I go there I should focus more on the ruins, in addition to the windmills there is also a lime kiln in ruins downhill.

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