about olivetree123

By the time you count to three, another ancient olive tree ceases to exist from
the Greek landscape where it has proudly stood for hundreds and even thousands
of years.  Throughout the ages, glorious olive trees have existed on hillsides, and with no mathematical pattern they were randomly planted, each one far away from the other. Nowadays, they are torn from the earth and all you see is a forest of newly planted young olive trees crammed together in straight uninteresting lines, there is nothing appealing about it. Ancient olive trees are cut down and their precious wood is burned for heat since electric bills are so expensive and the winters can be cold for people who live in non-insulated homes made out of cement .  And just like that, trees that took centuries to grow simply vanish, leaving us with a visual void and depriving future generations of such earthly beauty. Thanks to this site, people from all over the world can marvel at nature's creations before they slip awat from us forever.
Our mission
There is a beauty possessed by these archaic trees, a certain nobility and timeless quality. Their existence transcends so many generations who have lived in the area over the millenia. Their branches have witnessed and survived through all the historical events and have watched us humans toiling in our endeavours. We have coexisted with these trees for so long yet it now seems their life span is coming to an abrupt end.  

But there is hope! As you can see from the photo on your left, even a tree stump can re-blossom! Granted it will take hundreds of years to grow back to its former glory, but the important point is that not everyone can afford to hire a bulldozer to rip out the deep roots of an old olive tree. In other words, most of the time, such trees are merely cut to stumps since uprooting these trees entirely is not very feasible.  While the visual result may not be pleasing, what this means is that these victim olive trees will continue to live on. Our mission is to photo-document them in all their glory before there is but only scattered stubs left.

more about the author

The author absolutely adores riding his off-road vehicles all around the rural landscape of southern Greece, discovering historical ruins, abandoned medieval dwellings, taking in spectacular natural scenery, and hunting for that perfect olive tree specimen. 

Given that the antique trees itemized in this site are located in this website's author's place of residence, it is extremely feasible and quite a pleasure for him to conduct such a comprehensive inventory. The author combines his passion for motocross, his hobby for photography, and his eagerness to trace stately olive trees all in one as he endeavours to bring to light the exceptional beauty of these illustrious trees.  A historian at heart, an archeologist in his childhood dreams, he now devotes his spare time to leaving for future generations, and for posterity's sake, this invaluable online almanac comprised of pictures taken of the venerable olive tree where it was first cultivated.  A stated, the author's mission is to raise awareness about the gradual eradication of the magnificent ancient olive tree.   
Not many people are fortunate enough to live in the birthplace of the olive tree. Southern Greece, as well as the island of Crete, contains the ideal setting for olive trees to flourish. This particular region where the olive trees are photographed has recently achieved the acknowledgement of the European Union (EU) for the premium extra virgin olive oil it produces.  In actuality, this geographical setting is so favourable to olive cultivation that the EU has declared its olives as a product of Protected Designation of Origin (PDO).  In this heavenly place, the sun shines practically 365 days a year, and the soil is rich in sulfite because it is surrounded by the mediterranean sea. In plants, sulfur is essential for the formation of chlorophyll. Sulfur also helps the plant's resistance to disease, aids in growth, and in seed formation.  This is the reason how and why these trees have thrived here since antiquity.  The unique soil composition, combined with the semi-mountainous formation of the land, provide the olive trees with a rich exposure to all the essential fertile elements required not only to produce superior quality extra virgin olive oil, but to live a long long time as well.

These proud beautiful trees are literally found in the author's backyard, he just hops on his trusty Honda 350XR dirt bike and rides into the backwoods searching for the ideal tree to photograph. He is like a hunter searching for treasure. In fact he often encounters hunters with real hunting rifles in the wilderness where he goes shooting lovely olive tree specimens with his camera. One of his fears is getting shot by some trigger happy hunter while he's out on the trail photographing trees, but that is just one of the dangers that come with the job, as is having a riding accident since the terrain is very mountainous and tricky. It's easy to ride off of a cliff if the eyes are not on the road but rather scouring the landscape in search of special trees. Such imperial trees are not exactly to be found on the edge of town, the author must must go deep into the bush and finding the perfect tree is quite a challenge.