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Shuteye - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Shuteye

Cycling, photography, sunshine, white wine and pasta. And cats. Welcome to Italy.

Fly - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Fly

The closer you look, the more there is to see. As a child I had a blue-handled magnifying glass with a pocket …

Pigeon - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Pigeon in a fountain

Feral Pigeons often look such dirty and dishevelled birds. Not this one though. I suppose it helps that the Pigeon lives in …

The Lesser Kestrels of Matera - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

The Lesser Kestrels of Matera #4

Photography still includes the principal fields of taking and developing images; it’s just that now they are digital and the development is …

Beetle - Bicycle - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Beetles and bicycles

I’ve spent an age getting ready to go cycling. I’ve got changed, put my padded cycling trousers on, packed my rucksack with …

Jackdaw - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) david Bailey (not the)

Jackdawning realisation

As well as all the Lesser Kestrels, there are Jackdaws everywhere in Matera in southern Italy. They’re on the rooftops, on window …

Heaven in a stony field - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Heaven in a stony field

There are olives, almonds, cherries and artichokes in this stony field in the south of Italy. Heaven.

Stone walls - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Red, White and Green

The red soil, white limestone walls and green grass make a fabulous flag here in Italy.

Rose - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

What’s in a name?

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet. I love natural history; I love the thrill of finding different species. …

Millipede - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Ten thousand species of millipede

There are something like 10,000 species of millipede. It’s difficult to say exactly how many because the number keeps going up as …

Swallows - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Swallows in the air

We are wandering around Matera, a city in the south of Italy watching the Swallows. The city is vast and seemingly empty, …

Italy - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Limestone walls

The sky is overcast but the weather is warm. The limestone walls are humming and buzzing with life. Italian Ruin Lizards are …

Almonds - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Almond trees

Cycling through Almond trees. Feeling like a nut. Realising they’re not ripe yet.

Quince - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Quince

There’s a stunning tree in the back garden of this grand house in Puglia in the south of Italy. The Lady of …

Cat face - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

I’ve just seen a face

The steady gaze of this half-wild cat faces me. It’s behind a tree in the garden of the stable block of the …