Friday, March 12, 2010
bits and pieces
As signs of spring peak out from under the black volcanic rocks that give my neighborhood its name--la scogliera--I yearn for the little undeveloped patches overgrown with weeds and crumbling stone sheds that can be seen now and again along this otherwise very built up coastline. A lucky friend of mine has the fortune of living right next door to one of these patches of wonderful neglect (that's her patch in the photo), which at this time of year are bursting with life, no longer able to fit into their fences and terraced walls. Yellow, purple and orange blossoms, creeping vines and the sporadic olive or citrus tree are reminders of an altogether different landscape, similar to what can still be seen away from the urban centers on this part of the island. Putting together these bits and pieces it's not hard to imagine what this coastal area must have looked like 30 years ago. Beautiful, don't you think?