scrappy trees

the kermes oak is the predominant tree in the hills around us

it is scrappy, like the garrigue itself

autignac, france

  • janine says:

    love those acorns, so unusual.

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beach feather

the long beach between sète and marseillan plage is one of our happy places here in france

we will miss it

sète, france

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no fooling around nastiness

sometimes the garrigue feels like one massive thicket of thorns

i thought this one was particularly impressive

autignac, france

  • Rami says:

    It certainly is! And a beautiful composition too :-)

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pine cone wreath

jean-luc tells me these are squirrel nibbled pine cones

we have yet to see one of these elusive languedocien squirrels

in any case, i love these nibbled cones

and i like how the squirrels always leave the top few seed scales

the hills behind autignac, france

  • margie says:

    hmmm mysterious nocturnal squirrels.

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  • Jenn says:

    I find similar remnants when I walk in our woods. The squirrels here also leave neat piles of the scales at their feeding places. Our squirrels are not mysterious or shy – they are plump and sleek, and run right across our back porch and look in the window!

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spring green in december

it is amazing to me to see plants budding and sprouting in december

this one was found in the wooded hills behind our village

perhaps a kermes oak

autignac, france

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