National Geographic : 1958 Dec
ALL KODACHROMESBY GILBERTM. GROSVENOR, NATIONALGEOGRAPHICSTAFF © N.G.S. 750 Breeze-driven Pinwheels Irrigate the Valley of 10,000 Windmills Constant winds work the pumps that water Crete's mountain-rimmed Plateau of Lasithi. This green-and-golden checkerboard produces olives, grapes, and grain. Family in foreground threshes wheat. Some ancients believed that Zeus was born in a grotto on Mount Dhikti (back ground); others held that Mount Idhi (Ida), 40 miles west, was the god's birthplace. An abundant crop brings a smile to the face of a Cretan grape grower. His island fits Homer's description of Ithaca: "Indeed it is but rugged . . yet not too poor . . . for its harvests are past all telling, and well its vineyards yield." The sun converts grapes to raisins. Vine products rank first in Crete's econ omy. Next comes olive oil.