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

The hood and the executioner

Hooded Crows are one of my favourite birds. Noisy, sociable and inquisitive, they have colonised large areas of central and northern Europe, …

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

Autumn Ringlet

Identifying butterflies is stressful; especially when you’re not in your own country. Everything looks like something else you’re familiar with. I was …

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

Love means…

It was Tuesday 21 November when we saw a balloon seller with these Helium balloons in Rome: I didn’t buy one. It …

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

The Monks of Rome

We’re wandering around a park in suburban Rome and there are squawks filling the air. I’ve seen the Ring Necked Parakeets here …

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

An Adonis

There’s an Adonis Blue Polyommatus bellargus on the rocks: Then there’s one on the plants: What an incredible colour they are. It’s …

Bush Cricket - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David bailey (not the)

Bush Cricket

I loved having a magnifying glass as a child. I had one with a blue handle, with a false Parker pen clip …

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

Stony Ground

Farming is a tough business. I often describe farmers as ‘scratching a living from the land’. There’s the weather, uncertain prices, problems …

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

Collared Doves

There are a million pairs of Collared Doves in the UK, which is remarkable because there weren’t any in the country in …

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

An Uncommon Darter

Looking down from the top of the valley we can see the medieval hill town of Santo Stefano di Sessanio below. It’s …

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 …