Monthly Archives: July 2017

Entering Morgiou after 6 PM …

Little Morgiou harbor, once a fishing port, today part of a national park

  • To protect La Calanque de Morgiou against the burden of too many visitors, vehicles are only allowed after 6 PM during April to September. To go back and forth this enticing mountainous area would take about a day, and during summer that would be too warm. So how to get there in the evening when you do not have transport? Luckily, John visits Morgiou regularly with his son Nathan, and on a Saturday he invited me to go there for a swim.

The Calanque mountains reflect the changing light of the sunset sky

Two Pine trees at azure waters

  • By scooter this is an amazing ride of panoramic views. In  2014, we were here during April at noon time, and I took a photo of these two pines. Because of the strong daylight the photo was highly contrasting. Now, in the evening and in the middle of the summer, the site appears softer and lusher.

That boat knows where to park, while we were ready for a dip into ice-cold refreshing water

  • It is impossible to be here and take photos and not take a plunge into this inviting sea. The water is refreshingly ice-cold, so it takes a few minutes for the body to go beyond its resistance. After that you do not want to leave anymore.

Constant changing of the light and constant movement of the sea

A rose for Coby

  • We made this visit in the evening of Saturday, July 15 and the next evening, July 16, the mother of John passed peacefully away at the nursing home in Middelburg, with family present. She was 86 years old and had been saying earlier she wanted to return to God. John left the next day for the Netherlands to bid his last farewell to her and to arrange for the cremation that took place five days later. This vignette is dedicated to her: Coby Glastra Boonen.

Agaves along the Coast of Marseille

An Agave’s flower-tower ready to bloom

  • Any time there is the opportunity, John and I make tours on his scooter along the coast line of Marseille or into the Calanque mountains, these are great times to fulfil my photography interest. Within a week, I took photos of Agaves which were ready to bloom, and I definitely wanted to see the flowers later as well. 

Agaves blend well with the Mediterranean landscape

  • I never had seen an Agave in full bloom, either they were still in the buds or the flowers had already withered. I anticipated white flowers but was surprised when I revisited after one week, now by bus, that they are yellow. 

Agave americana’s yellow blossoms, like a chandelier

  • The name Agave derives from the Greek word ‘agavos’ meaning ‘illustrious.’ The plant symbolises long life, health and fertility. The succulent leaves can heal wounds and the juice is used to make the Mexican tequila. For me, the sight of an Agave is art alive. Another giant and ancient plant that keeps thriving on earth.

An Agave’s chandelier of flowers at the Corniche corner of Marseille

Between Nine and Noon

Marseille is an integrated part of its natural setting

  • After I had taken Nathan to school before 9 O’clock in the morning, John, his father, suggested to make a tour on his scooter to view Marseille at its top. Also a great opportunity to see the Oleander and Bougainvillea in full bloom, which are abundant there.

The lushness of the Côte d’Azur are well represented by the Oleander and Bougainvillea blossoms

  • From the top of the city down to the beach site La Pointe Rouge, Marseille can be seen sitting on its hill  with the Notre-Dame de la Garde overlooking the area. La Pointe Rouge is famous for its activities of sailing, kayaking and windsurfing.

Marseille seen from the boating area La Pointe Rouge

The active coast of Marseille; the bicycles can be rented