Happy Solstice! I think it starts at 5:30-ish tonight. It is a beautiful day for the market. It is finally starting to get warmer.
I visited the local market this morning. Then I took a turn through one of the town parks for a walk. Look at this picture My friend Paul took this morning of a bouquet of squash blossoms! Really beautiful.
And this one is a street in the Centro part of town near our house. Flowers and sunshine were pretty.
Finally a couple in the park that cuts through town. It is a green swath next to our small Torrrente, or creek.
Yesterday, I was sitting on the terrace in the afternoon, and a bird flew in and I shooed it away, thinking it was a pigeon. But once I had, I could see if was definitely not a pigeon. So a while later, when he returned I sat very still and he landed on the railing a few feet away. He looked at me and I, him and suddenly he popped up this most magnificent orange crest. He had a very long beak and was about the size of a red bellied woodpecker in the US. After he flew away I looked him up and he is a Hoopoe. Or in Italian, Upupa. They are migratory and fly up from Africa to breed all over Europe. I copied a photo since I didn’t have a camera while he was there and I posted it on my Facebook page. I apologize if you are a friend and have seen this. Here he is. Is he not beautiful? 💕
Have a nice weekend everyone! 🌈
Thanks! He was amazing!
Yes! I guess it is just instinct 🤷♀️
What a cool bird! Lovely pictures!
Amazing, what a beautiful bird! The migratory feats of birds all over the world are just utterly astounding. Amazing creatures—it’s interesting to think how they developed the ability to fly. Especially when you watch movies of fledglings first taking wing.