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Figs Take You Places in Armenia

Figs Take You Places in Armenia

 

A Fickle Pursuit of the Best

 

How can mere figs take you places? In northern Armenia you could travel across the country in pursuit of the best. Shopping for Armenian figs is not taken lightly by locals but you can make it as complicated as your palette requires. After all, you are in a land that straddles Europe and Asia and most rules in this part of the world are blurred.

The best taste, variety and price. All of these come into play in the fall. That is when fig trees explode with nature’s joy of sweet pulp, seeds and juice. It is an amalgam that can delight the most discerning of tastes. As you drive throughout the countryside vendors will have on offer along the roadsides their fig tree harvest. They will be everywhere, especially in the north. Your research can be as easy or as complicated as you prefer. You can negotiate with every vendor. Play their proximity against each other. Chances are they will be friends and neighbours though and their alliances wont’ be easily broken. They will collaborate with each other before they will align with a fig starved non local hitting their pocketbook for the best deal.

The country is so small you can cover your fig acquisition expedition in an afternoon and return home with a trunk full of figs from several varieties, depending on your mood and palette. So prep your tastebuds for a little mouthwatering work and get yourself on the Armenian roads!

For more on food in strange lands, see also:

 

Portugal Street Photography From Porto

Siberian Fresh Food Market Experience

Peddling Food in Old Hanoi Streets

Foraging for Food in Siberia

 

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Armenia Figs, Anyone?                                                                                    @heathersimondsphotography.com

 

Armenia figs travel
Roadside Vendors in northern Armenia                                                  @heathersimondsphotography.com

 

Armenia figs travel
Fall Vending in Armenia                                                                              @heathersimondsphotography.com

 

Armenia figs travel
Shady Trees Fend off the heat in northern Armenia                                   @heathersimondsphotography.com

 

Azerbaijan travel Middle East
Azerbaijan from Armenia                                                                     @heathersimondsphotography.com

 

Armenia figs travel
Armenia Marketplace                                                            @heathersimondsphotography.com

 

Armenia figs travel
Armenia Market                                                                                    @heathersimondsphotography.com

 

Armenia figs travel
Armenia Market                                                                                    @heathersimondsphotography.com

 

Armenia figs travel
Fig Shopping at the Indoor Market                                              @heathersimondsphotography.com

Autumn Skies Azul and Gold

Autumn Skies Colour Palette

 

from Whitehorse, Yukon to the Rocky Mountains to northern Quebec

 

Autumn skies lure venturesome folks to the forests and streams and mountains and roadways this time of year. It is annual pilgrimage time and everyone is in search of colour. Nature dresses up the landscape for another showstopper season. Colours that pop with the post summer cool down when the autumn skies are bluest. Red, orange and yellow against azul skies. Even mother nature knows that complementary colours, opposite positions on the colour wheel, catch the human interest. Every day the blends evolve, meld, and transition into a new canvas.

Depending on where you live the experience may differ in palette but always thrills. Within a mere hours drive north of Montreal, Quebec lies a haven of lakes and streams with a multicoloured Appalachian mountain backdrop. In the east you can find the much sought after crimson reds. On the western prairies nature sticks to an analogous palette, primarily tones of yellow and orange with different values. On the west coast the big leaf maples wield the largest brushes. If you want to venture north where autumn takes on the coloured dress earlier look for brighter bluer skies to show off the colours. Even for those who prefer or can’t get off the beaten path most are accessible from the roadside. Midweek, you are in deserted territory. So what are you waiting for?

For more on autumnal musings, see also:

Historic Carcross, Yukon Discovered By British Royalty

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Magog, Eastern Townships Fall Cycling

Mont Tremblant Turns On The Fall Colour

Glenbow Golden Days of Fall

 

Yukon Gold Landscape
Yukon Gold Sunrise                                                                                     ©heathersimondsphotography.com

 

Quebec fall bicycling
Quebec Fall Cycling Landscape                                  ©heathersimondsphotography.com

 

Glenbow Golden Fall
Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park Fall Landscape        ©heathersimondsphotography.com

 

Quebec fall bicycling
Eastern Townships Fall Landscape                                    ©heathersimondsphotography.com

 

fall Canadian Rocky Mountains
View of the Canadian Rocky Mountains in Fall                                              ©heathersimondsphotography.com

 

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Fall Reflections                                         ©heathersimondsphotography.com

 

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Fall Landscape Blur                   ©heathersimondsphotography.com

 

New England azul gold
Vermont Fall Scene                                                                                       ©heathersimondsphotography.com

 

 

Alberta, Land of the Wild Horse

Alberta, Land of the Wild Horse

 

 

wild horse Alberta
Wild Horses and Pony                                                                                  @heathersimondsphotography.com

 

There is something about a wild horse that speaks to a hidden part of us. The suppressed part that responds to an unfettered life, dominated by none and without rules. The part that does not want to live by schedules and appointments and dislikes smog and pollution almost as much. After all, don’t we all want more free will from the shackles imposed by ourselves and others? Free in the open fields and aromatic woods of our dreams. Running with mane tangled from the elements after days spent in the mountain air of an untamed land. Just like in the movies, a life of the strong and free.

But strength and romanticism do not always keep company in the same body. The same can be said for nostalgia and freedom. The wild horses that roam the foothills of Alberta in the Canadian Rocky Mountains are not truly wild. Although they are descendants of domesticated Spanish horses released during colonization they have roamed free for many years. They have been here long enough to resist being rounded up back into captivity. As far as day to day living is concerned these horses lead a life of chaos. The wild horse has to survive a hostile environment without any hope of human help for basic needs provided to its domestic relatives. A constant search for the necessities of life, food and shelter, leaves little time or energy for loafing around enjoying the natural environs of the Alberta foothills. In the depths of winter after fresh snowfall there is no overwintered dry hay to be found.

People have been nurturing the horse human partnership since wolves started hanging around the campfire. We domesticated them and now we romanticize their wildness. Tamed their instincts and admire the release of them. The next time you see a wild horse or any wild creature, admire them for their struggle as much as for the freedom they instill. The wild deserve it.

For more on wild and free, see also:

 

Life In The Woods With Deer and Moose

Udaipur Man and His Wild Friends

Foxy Photography Wily Ways Of The Red Fox

Chasing Studs at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park

 

 

wild horse Alberta
Wild Horses Following Leader                                                                               @heathersimondsphotography.com

 

wild horse Alberta
Wild Pony Following Mare                                                                           @heathersimondsphotography.com

 

wild horse Alberta
Wild Horse Sundre, Alberta                                                                             @heathersimondsphotography.com

 

wild horse Alberta
Wild Horse Sorrel                                                                                               @heathersimondsphotography.com

 

wild horse Alberta
Wild Horse Stud                                                                                                 @heathersimondsphotography.com

 

wild horse Alberta
Wild Horse and Pony near Calgary                                                                    @heathersimondsphotography.com

 

Joshua Trees Weather California Desert Storms

Joshua Trees Weather California Desert Storms

 

If you like trees, you will like Joshua Tree National Park.

Trees are the main act at this place. And they put on a unique performance from a surreal stage.

Joshua Tree is the place to be for unique trees. They are stalwarts of stability in a world of change. These trees only grow in one part of the world, abundant as they are in the park and surrounds. Craggy and prickly to ward off the unsuspecting, but are they weak and spindly? Not at all. Standing, sitting, leaning, reaching, bending, living, dying, all are represented in a unique California desertscape. Biblical and solitary they exude an otherworldly aura.

They stand out on their own against the weather gods. Withstanding the elements, snuggled into destitute rock niches and narrow slats. Not only in appearance but also in their ability to thrive in this harsh and formidable physical landscape. Where few others can barely perform, these nature specimens dance. The American southwest can punch up formidable temperatures in the summer and the winters can edge into freezing. This intimate corner has trees adapted for the elements though. When a desert bluster moves in, the sands swirl, and the Joshua Tree digs in. After all, they have been here for thousands of years.

Freshly jumped out of a Dr Seuss text? Maybe. But these are no childhood fantasies. They are the real thing.

 

For more on Joshua Tree National Park and trees, see also:

Joshua Tree National Park Evening Sky Beckons

Tree Eulogy The Power of One

Joshua Trees Reaching To Heaven

Barker Dam Joshua Tree National Park

 

California outdoors Joshua trees
Joshua Tree Embraces The Vista                                                                          ©heathersimondsphotography.com

 

California outdoors travel
Hike Nature Trails Among Joshua Trees                                                               ©heathersimondsphotography.com

 

Joshua Trees at Sunset                                                                                         heathersimondsphotography.com

 

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January Sunset, Joshua Tree National Park                                                ©heathersimondsphotography.com

 

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Joshua Tree National Park Sunset                                                                      ©heathersimondsphotography.com