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Tirana, Albania
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Albanian Flora

(see Albanian Fauna Highlight too!) While exploring and adventuring into unknown territories, travelers tend to wax poetic on the new and the different. Stories to families and friends back home are usually full of exotic details. This is half the fun, right? Seeing things we normally don’t?

During my sojourn to Albania I was actually more amazed by the familiar, specifically with the plant life. I grew up in central New York state, a region full of forests, mountains, rivers and lakes. As I roamed all of Albania’s corners I felt extremely at home with the environment. In fact, it made me a wee bit homesick! I took so many pictures of petunias, begonias, pansies, geraniums, holly, scrub pine trees, morning glories and the like.

This is a shot of my favorite, “Queen Anne’s Lace”. The only plant more plentiful was the blackberry, which happened to be ripening just as I arrived. I did have to compete with the goat herds for those…but that’s another story.