The life and work of the ancient scribe fascinates me. The practice of botanical illustrations all the way back to Egyptian times also fascinates me. Add together with my love of biblical archeology and the line-up for exploring subjects is endless. This piece of the first of a homage to the everyday celebration of harvesting well loved fruit. This first being the "fig". Today it is still a beloved fruit in Turkey as well as surrounding countries.
My first experience of meeting the fig was visiting the yard of our Portuguese neighbors. Their yard was large with a massive palm tree and in the back portion was a small square yard surrounded by hedges. In the center was my first glimpse of a Fig tree loaded with fruit with overripe fruit on the dirt below. I had never tasted a fig and was encouraged by the grandmother to try and when I did and smiled...well...I found myself returning home with a generous bag full of the beautiful black/purple fruit!! No English words necessary just smiles and a generous heart!
Pomegranate might be my next fruit to compliment this piece.
Solar printing is slow going. Some fault in the hours of sunshine, some in my limited photo shop skills and some due to my son visiting. I'll regroup and begin again!