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(After some time of absence, here I am again... I have missed you my trekearth friends!)

The prows of two boats from the Lagoon of Messologgi in Aitoloakarnania, Greece.

Lagoons are very special ecosystems found throughout the world. In the Mediterrnaean, most lagoons are the long term outcome of discharges by nearby river estuaries. The Lagoon of Messologgi is formed thanks to the rivers Acheloos and Evinos and has an average depth of less than a metre. Nevertheless it is a very productive ecosystem...

The small depth of the lagoons has led the inhabitants and fishermen of such areas to make boats conforming to that. The boats are small and have but a tiny part underwater, and this extending to only some centimetres. Thus they are of a rather flat underwater design (which would be useless in open sea since there the waves would very easily turn such a boat upside down). The lagoon boats, in greek called "γαϊτες" (gaites, singular: gaita) are not even rowed. Traditionally, they are pushed forward with a long stick called "σταλίκι" (staliki) that the captain uses to push the bottom of the lagoon backwards thus making the boat move forward.

Here, the prows of two of these lagoon boats bathed in the light of an exceptionally sunny February day. I was instantly impressed by the freshly painted colours shining...

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