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

The Doctrine of Signatures

I’m walking around Villa d’Este in Tivoli. It’s the Renaissance masterpiece where hundreds of fountains flow with ornate carvings, pools, ducts and …

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

Temples and Lounging Lizards

I’m wandering around Tivoli with my camera. I’m in the Parco Villa Gregoriana. I expected there to be a fine house called …

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

Ol’ Blue Eyes is back

I love the street cats of Italy, despite the number of wild birds they kill. Today I have a day off in …

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

For every place, a palette

Every place on Earth has its own palette. Some are collections of complimentary colours; others have contrast. Some are simple; others are …

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

A Grayling

I’m trying to have a relaxed breakfast but there’s too much to see. I want my Italian coffee and croissant but I …

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

A Cornish Chough in Italy

We’re spending a few days walking in Italy. We’re in Rocca Calascio, part of the Parco Nazionale del Gran Sasso. That means …

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

Aquila in L’Aquila

The L’Aquila region of Italy is named after Aquila which means eagle. It’s an area of breathtaking high peaks. “Do they have …

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

Joined by Reynard for breakfast

It’s time for breakfast in Italy which means more delicious food and breathtaking views are on the way. Sitting outside in October …

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, …