I wish I could say I was surprised, but the laudable efforts to replant fire-ravaged Olympia are well behind schedule.

“ATHENS, Greece – Greece’s Olympic Committee said Thursday that work to replant fire-ravaged woods at the birthplace of the ancient Olympic Games was far behind schedule, and urged “drastic improvement” before the flame-lighting ceremony for the Beijing Olympics…” [more]

The story includes a photograph of the ceremonial planting of an olive tree in November on the Kronion Hill (Petros Giannakouris / AP file)


I don’t have a picture from the same angle, but this shot of the Temple of Hera shows well the dense, beautiful forest that so recently covered Kronion.


As sorrowful as the ecological and cultural damage are, we should never forget that the fires last summer were a true tragedy, with dozens of deaths and countless more losing homes and property.