The next day involved a drive up the coast and then a bit inland where
we discovered vast fields of poppies and other wild flowers.
Growing up in Alaska, I'd seen a million paper poppies because of my
grandparents' involvement in the VFW (who sell them to raise money),
but this was the first time I encountered a real live specimen.
Next stop was Tharros, the ruins of an ancient Phoenician port city
absorbed into the Roman empire around 238 B.C.
Of course, there were columns.
Further up the coast we came upon a pink flamingo nesting ground where
I discovered that I could hold my camera up to a pair of binoculars
and take pictures.
Zooming in, balancing the binocs on a fence post and steadying the
camera all at the same time proved to be a bit more challenging, but
here you can sort of see the bright red feathers under the wings. They
made for an impressive show when the flamingos decided to do a bit of