The Simonos Petras monastery 800 feet above the Aegean Sea.
Mount Athos, Greece.
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Eastern Orthodox monks chant during an Easter midnight vigil.
An Eastern Orthodox Christian monk picks persimmons at dusk.
Sky and sea are an inspiring backdrop for the Xenofontos monastery.
Eastern Orthodox monks sound the call for prayer on Easter.
Freshly baked bread at the Xenofontos Monastery.
Father John samples wine in the cellar of the Iviron monastery.
Father Lucas works in the iconography studio at Xenophontos.
Father Patapios stands in his garden in Kafsokalyvion.
A wave crashes into the port at the skete of Kafsokalyvion.
The main church at the Great Lavra Monastery
Father Chrisostomos in the cell of St. Nicholas the Fisherman.
Father Kalistratos lives as a hermit above New Skete.
Father Lucas battles a breeze in the courtyard of Xenofontos.
Monks during mealtime at the refectory in the Xenofontos monastery.
A monk works packing honey from a nearby apiary into jars.
Father Efthimios wanders the forest behind the Iviron monastery.
A monk lights a candle during a service at the Xenofontos monastery.
A monk travels toward Kafsokalyvion on the back of a donkey.
Father Neofitos of the Dochiariou monastery prepares the trapeza.
Two monks have shared the same small cell for more than 50 years.
An elder Eastern Orthodox monk is approached with deference.
Father Daniel picks cauliflower from a garden in Saint Anne's skete.
Father Patapios translates ancient Greek texts on his laptop.
Father Daniel of Saint Anne's Skete makes incense.
Incense is burned at a small alter inside the ossuary at Xenofontos.
Father Isithoros feeding cats at the Dochiariou monastery.
The Mylopotamos wine made here is sold throughout Greece.
Monks rest outside of a chapel during the Portaitissa procession.
A chapel in the Skete of Saint Anne.
Father David blesses monks with holy water during Portaitissa.
Monk's bones are washed in red wine and placed together in an ossuary.
Monks of Esfigmenou monastery gather olives.
A monk travels a Mount Athos path by mule.
Father Patapios translates ancient Greek texts into modern language.
Father Theologo, the head beekeeper at the Dohiariou Monastery.
An Eastern Orthodox monk sounds the call for prayer on Easter.
Freshly baked bread at the Xenofontos monastery.
Father Seraphim in the skete of Kafsokalyvion making a prayer rope.
The Aegean Sea as seen from the skete of Kafsokalyvion.
Brother Stephonos paints an icon at Xenofontos monastery.
Procession at Saint Anne's skete.
Monks during mealtime at the refectory in the Dochiariou monastery.
New Skete sits on the southwestern shore of the peninsula.
A monk prepares food at the Esfigmenou monastery.
A priest sprinkles scented water on a Greek Orthodox pilgrim.
The Portaitissa procession at the Iviron monastery.
Father Nikiforos reaches out to one of his donkeys.
Good Friday Litany at the Vatopediou Monastery.
Mt. Athos, Greece.
A young woman inspects her wedding band while on her honeymoon.
Maharepa, Moorea, French Polynesia.
A young woman relaxes on a beach near the shadow of a palm tree.
A woman in a lounge chair drinking a beer within sight of the ocean.
Moorea, French Polynesia.
The newly named Father Arsenios is greeted by his brethren.
The Axion Esti procession travels through Koutloumousiou.
The Axion Esti procession begins and ends at the Protaton Church.
Monks prepare to offer communion during the Portaitissa procession.
Father Christophoros and Father Nektarios at the cell they share.
Father Michael throws fish on the grill at a cell in Karyes.
The Iviron Monastery on the east coast of the Mt. Athos peninsula.
Cats are fed in the home of a Kafsokalyvion monk.
A field of pineapple plants grow in the Opunohu Valley.
Opunohu Valley, Moorea, French Polynesia.
The skulls of monks in the ossuary of the Xenofontos Monastery.
Monks pick through olives at the Esfigmenou monastery.
Father Daniel grabs hay for his mules in the skete of Saint Anne.
The Vesper of Love service at the Protaton Church on Easter Sunday.
Karyes, Mount Athos, Greece.
A young woman sleeping in a bed.
Father Artemios rings the bells on the porch of a cell in Karyes.
Brother Vladamir gardens outside the gates of Dochiariou.
Father Avramios paints in the studio of his cell in New Skete.
Father Daniel reading inside Saint Anne's Skete.
A novice walks into the katholikon at Esfigmenou monastery.
A monk clears rocks from a garden.
A monk reads the Scripture in the dining hall of the Xenofontos monastery.
A special celebration is held in the cell of St. Nicholas the Fisherman.
Father Panaretos pets animals outside of his home near Karyes.
Father John prepares a new garden in the skete of Saint Anne.
The remains of monks in the ossuary of the Xenofontos monastery.
The skete of Katounakia is perched on the coast of Mount Athos.
A cell looks over the sea in the skete of Kafsokalyvion.
Cells look over the sea in the skete of Kafsokalyvion.
Tahitian chestnut trees in a traditional temple, marae.
A young woman riding a bike under palm trees.
A blue cocktail with a slice of pineapple.
Mount Rotui looms above a pineapple plantation in the Opunohu Valley.
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