Plant life in Sicily
Most of these photos were taken with a Nikon D750 and a Nikon Nikkor AF-S VR Micro 105mm f/2.8 or 24-70mm f/2.8.
Aloe plant in the beautiful courtyard at the Hotel La Corte del Sole, Noto.
Tree bark. Cracking trunk near Gibilmanna.
Monster tree in the ruins at Solunto.
A beautiful flower near Gibilmanna.
SS113 along the coastline of Northern Sicily. This may be Asparagus horridus.
Yellow aloe plant on la rocca di Cefalù.
Poppies (Papaver rhoeas?) growing in the cracks of the defensive wall at Selinunte. The flowers couldn't save the ancient city from almost total destruction, though.
Photo of Asphodelus ramosus (?) taken at Halaesa Archonidea (Italian: Alesa Arconidea).
Read more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halaesa
In Sicily this cactus is called "ficu r'igna".
Beautiful flower (Lathyrus clymenum?).
Unfriendly plant near Temple E at Selinunte.
Latomie, Archeological Park, Siracusa.
Bougainvillea on Isola Bella. The strange brown "nut" is probably a cocoon of some sort.
Cactus (Opuntia ficus-indica) near Castelmola.
Lemons, oranges, pistachio and sugar cane were brought to Sicily during the Arab rule (827-1091).
Aloe plant outside the Ancient Greek Theatre in Taormina.
Palm tree (Phoenix?) on Isola Bella, Taormina.
View of the baroque city Modica from the stairs leading up to the cathedral. Bougainvillea.
Beautiful, but tiny flowers at Castello di Venere, Erice.
Driving around Mount Etna.
A spectacular tree in Orto botanico, Palermo.
Many turtles live in the pond at Orto botanico, Palermo.
A lizard in the Botanical Garden, Palermo.
Orto botanico, Palermo
Aloe plicatilis in the Botanical Garden (Orto botanico) in Palermo, a nice place to relax between visiting churches and museums in Palermo. The garden opened to the public in 1795. It has a lot of plants and trees from all over the world. In the lovely lily pond, there are lots of cute turtles.
Aloe plant. Orto botanico, Palermo.
Cactus. Orto botanico, Palermo.
Bird of paradise, also called crane flower (Strelitzia reginae). Botanical Gardens, Palermo.
Lemons. Orto botanico, Palermo.
Lizard living in Palermo Botanical Garden.
Children playing inside a tree at Palermo Botanical Garden.
A lizard investigating plants the cactus section.
A tree with nasty spikes. Orto botanico, Palermo
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