Found a desiccated dragonfly on the street in Biella, huge it was, 11cm wing span. Placed it gently on a red table to photograph, it is literally crumbling in my hands. Called it natura morta which is the Italian for still life but the literal translation is dead nature…which seemed apt…
In the middle of nowhere…again…definition of the galician countryside. Am struck by the beauty of these large structural weeds.
The local gallego name for them is “mexa cas” (literally – dog piss, they don’t smell, it’s just that dogs like to pee on them!)…nice…I think maybe it’s some kind of hogweed/cow parsnip (maybe Heracleum sosnowskyi) ANYWAY regardless of the ugly name i find them beautiful, like fractals or snowflakes, no two plants seem to be the same…
horreo – indigenous structure, originally used as grain stores (see previous post)
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Up on Blackford hill for a walk, recovering from chicken pox, have to walk where there are not many people as am a afraid a crowd might gather and poke me with a stick…i look positively medieval…Anyway i found this INCREDIBLE creature…you can just see the royal observatory in the distance.
Ultra hairy all in the aid of catching pollen, they have an annual life cycle and usually die off in the autumn, so i guess this one was a little out of his time.
Similar posts from this blog in Edinburgh here and here and in India here.