May 30, 2016

Colours of Sicily

By In Sicily
Whether its a basket of succulent apricots offered during a barbeque/picnic at the Cava d’Ispica, a wall of delicate pink roses at Planeta’s Cantina Dorilli or succulents at Baglio Donnafranca, Sicily really is a riot of colour. The expanse of wild flowers took me by surprise; spring must be the best time of year to visit. Contrast these natural colours with a stall of wooden fish at Noto (I’m not one for tat – why would anyone want wooden fish?) and the textural vitality of machinery at Arianna Occhipinti and vibrancy becomes the watch word for the island.

This little colours side project developed during the the Esplora Wine Tour; I had no plans for a ‘colours’ project as my normal preference is for muted hues. Those poppies surrounding the Donnafranca baglio in Marsala (our first nights stop) inspired the project – lets see what else Sicily in spring offers, thought I. Nice to be ‘forced’ to push my muted colour preferences to the side and focus on capturing a wider range of ‘colour’. This gallery is the result.

Photo Gallery: Colours of Sicily

“The oranges of the island are like blazing fire among emerald boughs, And the lemons are like the pale faces of lovers who have spent the night crying.”
Abd ar-Rahman of Trapani, Sicilian-Arab poet, Court of Roger II

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