I imagine that the vantage point of a worm coming face-to-face with a cicada would look something like this. He wasn’t easy to spot, but this well-camouflaged little bugger was pointed out to me by my son as we walked around the Temple of Zeus in Athens last fall. It’s fascinating that not only his colors are blending into the tree bark, but also his body shape aligns with the bark shapes, as well. Ain’t Nature grand!
Zooming in on this elongated aloe vera flower bud threw everything, including the top and bottom of the bud, out of focus. I used a color vignette to add interest to the blurry background. This potted aloe plant has been living in the shade on our lanai for many years, growing bigger and bigger and even falling over at one point under its own weight; however, it has never produced a flower. I didn’t even know they did! Believe me, this tall spike, about three feet high, popped up overnight and was a complete surprise. I can hardly wait for it to open!
People have been descending these age-worn steps leading down from the Acropolis in Athens for 2,500 years, making their way up and down to and from the Parthenon and other magnificent temples on the hill. We were happy to have place out footprints on these historic slabs of marble last September when we made the historic climb. Awesome.
The sun goes down over the olive groves near the southern Sicilian town of Agrigento. We stayed at Mandranova, a working olive and almond farm with room for 18 overnight guests, and enjoyed gourmet farm-to-table meals prepared by Chef-owner Sylvia. Delightful!