barbed symmetry

abundant now between the rows of vines

autignac, france

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leaves of mauve

feuilles de mauve (wild mallow leaves)

at home, in minnesota, fall happens in a matter of weeks

here, in southern france, it stretches out slowly over months

so although it is late november, we still have lots of green and yellow

autignac, france

 

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winter baubles

atlas cedar cones

found in the hills behind autignac

autignac, france

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morning dew on eucalyptus

there is small eucalyptus forest in the hills near the town of cessenon-sur-orb

we went for a hike there the other day

i came home with an armful of treasures to photograph

cessenon-sur-orb, france

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fifteen nests

every one of these nests was found in the grape vines during the september vendange

les vendangeurs (grape pickers) heard we had a nine-year old boy who liked nature

each nest was a gift to joseph from les vendangeurs

autignac, france

  • Sian says:

    how lovely – what a great gift : ) we’re just starting to see the nests in the hedges, I love the tiny moss lined ones.

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    • still says:

      thanks sian. i think each vendangeur gave joseph one or two nests, not knowing the others had, so by the end of the harvest he had 15! everyone was so proud to present him with the nest they found that day. it was really quite charming.
      each nest is so incredibly unique, and yet they each have bits of the grape vines–some used the bark, some used the stems, and some even had the spat out seed of the grapes!

      i am glad you liked the photo!

      mary jo

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