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Sicily - flowers and ruins

Written by John Metcalf. Posted in Members' Articles

sicily_osteospermum.jpgI was part of a group that visited Sicily in late spring of 2008 and took lots of pictures of the sites many of which had wild flowers in and around them. John Metcalf

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 One of the many temples at Selinunte which overlook the sea

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Mount Etna Sicily's celebrated volcano, still the loftiest in Europe at about 3330m

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olive tree and column in Cava di Cusa quarry


Sea view beside the temples at Selinunte with masses of wild flowers

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road-in-hillside.jpg Interior of Sicily showing some of the olive trees and fennel growing on the rolling hills

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an olive perched on the edge of a ravine

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Selinunte and wild flowers

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Another view of one of the temples in the complex at Selinunte

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many plants finding places to grow in the crevasses of the rocks


entrance to Palermo museum

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delightful displays of vegetables in the local markets


View across another ravine

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flowers mixed flowers and grasses hillside before  nearing Selinunte side street

below views of the abandoned quarry from which stone was extracted for Selinunte and the earthquake damage caused on the site

 quarry at Cava di Cusa quarry and olive tree Cava di Cusa unfinished columns at Cava di Cusa more left columns Cav di Cusa 2 metre column in quarry at Cava di Cusa Selinunte complex collapsed column after earthquake lichen earthquake damage scale of temple, see figures in left opening between columns chancing ones luck some restoration

more earth quake damage 

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 sea fruits more sea fruits no escaping the little gnomic horrors olive tree


all photographs by John Metcalf using CANON PowerShot A720 IS