Just back in England. The cold and wet weather forced me to stay at home despite my wanting to photograph the autumn trees. Nevertheless, I decided to write this post which I have been trying to do for the last week but my very busy schedule made it impossible to finish it.
In between picking and crushing almonds while in Sicily, I have to stop and relax a little bit. Armed with my camera everytime I went to the farm, I often found my way to the greenhouses and flower rows to take photographs. Since my favorite subjects were the chrysanthemums which they were outside the greenhouses, the best time to photograph them was early in the morning before the sun rays reached them. Here I found solace, happiness untold, contentment and respite from anything that bogged me down. The crisp early morning air invigorates and stimulates my mind for a fresh new start of the day.
The fragrance of flowers spreads only in the direction of the wind. But the goodness of a person spreads in all directions. ~ Chanakya
A couple of times I asked myself, Do I really want to move down here and live in a farm? Am I ready to take the hard works farming entails? For one thing I wouldnt have a boss and if I love what I do then it wouldnt be stressful even if it requires hard work. Farming is just like gardening. I would be very close to nature. Oh well, I really am not sure.
Nevertheless, those three weeks I spent in Sicily, just like my previous trips, were always filled with a plethora of experiences:
- Amazement over their long history and rich cultural heritage.
- Delighted about foods and luscious fruits of the loom.
- Boredom during visit to the relatives because I couldnt participate in their conversation and.
- Frustration with my inability to communicate with anybody.
- Confusion about the traffic rules and the driving styles of the Italians.
- Curiosity about the ancient way of life in this once forest-covered island in the Mediterranean.
- Self-consciousness at the many pairs of eyes staring at me because I look different from everybody elseand they make sure I know that they are checking me out.
- Contentment over the simplicity of life especially on the farm.
- Excitement in visiting and discovering archaeological sites.
- The sheer joy of travelling to a another town and driving up the hills.
- The luxury of eating fruits ripened in the tree and the pleasure they bestow to my soul.
- The opportunities to watch the sunrise and the sunset on the same day and to marvel at the beauty they exude across the horizon
- Aching back from crushing too many almonds.
These and many others comprise my holiday.
Here are photos of Chrysanthemums taken with Canon SX50. If you would like a copy in bigger resolutions without a watermark contact me via Facebook or Twitter.