this website celebrates the natural beauty of time-honored olive trees in greece and is dedicated to enthusiasts from all over the world

Adoni dimakos
The author's contribution and his intention with erecting this site is to help raise awareness about the gradual systematic disappearance of the ancient olive tree in the Greek Mediterranean region.

The author's goal is to document and commemorate the most stunning olive tree specimens by way of producing a photographic anthology of the many graceful and time-honoured olive trees found across the southern Peloponnesian coast of Greece.

By the same token, the purpose of this website is to serve as an online repository of regal olive trees. Day by day, these trees cease to exist as they are arbitrarily chopped down for wood or to make room for new crops. But even if many of these beautiful olive trees vanish due to human intervention, with the aid of this website they will continue to be admired and immortalized through the power of the Internet and photography. This may be little consolation, but it is better than nothing and it is the author's hope that legislation will one day prohibit the destruction of such national treasures and staples of Greek heritage.
  
Adoni Dimakos - Olive Tree photographer

raising awareness

The disappearance of sacred elderly olive trees in varying parts of the world, especially Greece, is borderline epidemic.

These majestic trees tell a story, they are clues for archeologists and they are vanishing quicker by the year. 

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The video presented just above to your right showcases what frequently occurs in rural communities. It is a tragedy and a travesty to watch such regal trees being ripped from the earth where they have stood proudly for centuries, but what can be done? Private landowners cannot be forbidden to re-landscape their property. 

Sorely, with the advent of the economic crisis in Greece, many farmers seldom think twice about tearing out ancient olive trees situated on their land in order to sell the wood or to make space for factory farming, i.e. planting a plethora of new olive trees only two meters apart, in straight rows, and on bulldozed flat land in order to make the harvesting process more efficient.
Unlike their predecessors, most of these younger generation farmers do not value the importance of such kind of national heritage. They live for the "here and the now", and they are far more interested in how much revenue their land can produce for them. They are not concerned with the aesthetics of nature, nor are they particularly historically minded; they are more profit-oriented than anything else. Moreover, as a result of the aforementioned economic crisis, they do not think twice about replacing one old olive tree with three or four younger ones. They seemingly do not care about the fact that it will take hundreds of years for these new saplings to grow into beautiful trees full of character and pride.  

The only thing that can be done is to photograph what has remained of all such amazing ancient olive trees and to share their beauty with people who recognize and value their importance. There is a Greek saying, "Olive trees are blessed by God", such a saying exists likely because olive trees are so resilient and because they produce oilve oil which is a healthy nutritional commodity. One look at the photographs throughout the pages of this website makes it easy to understand how and why archaic olive trees should be protected, they are full of character and their beauty and strength are evident upon gazing at them. We hope that this site contributes to people's sensitization of the issue.

In the meantime, articles have been written regarding this issue and featuring the work of Adoni Dimakos, creator of this website. Please find links to articles below where you can read more about this topic:

Earth Island Journal:
http://www.earthisland.org/journal/index.php/elist/eListRead/one_mans_mission_to_protect_greeces_ancient_olive_trees/

Olive Oil Times:
https://www.oliveoiltimes.com/olive-oil-basics/immortalizing-ancient-olive-trees-images/53789