July 2018

30 July-2 August. Florence. I at last visited Cappella Brancacci. The frescos by Masaccio and Filippino Lippi are stunning.

Cappella Brancacci

Cappella Brancacci

Cappella Brancacci

My first ascent of the Duomo, and the view from it.

Florence: Duomo

Florence: Duomo

Florence: Duomo

Florence: Duomo

Some of the 500 plants, including 130 flowering plant species identified, in Botticelli's Primavera.

Primavera

Ponte Vecchio

Ponte Vecchio

Ponte Vecchio

23rd. Hosting a party from Chinese National Geographic, led by my old friend Jin-Shuo Zhang of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Jin-Shuo and co

5th-8th. Cornwall: first night at Constantine Bay, then a lovely Airbnb near Rosudgeon. We visited Padstow, Daymer Bay, St Enedoc's Church, Marazion, Prussia Cove, Porthoustock, Coverack, Gunwalloe and Loe Bar. Hummingbird hawk moth at Coverack.

Constantine Bay

Padstow

St Enedoc's Church

Coverack

Coverack

Gigs

5th. Barn owl at the Flax Bourton end of the A370 on my return from Woodchester. Hummingbird hawk moth flew through the garden.

4th. Ham Wall with Srini, Deepak and Gopi from Osmania University. 3 green sandpipers.

Ham Wall

great white eget

great white eget

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