Les Figuières

Before beginning our sabbatical work in earnest, we were lucky to join Philippe and Catherine Honoré-Jones for their tin anniversary at Philippe’s family fig farm.

Graveson, near Avignon, was hot even for the season, but the sunny afternoons were perfect for fig-drying. Neighboring fields burst with apples, pears, and berries.

BlastophageThey were relatively inactive this time of year, and too small usually to see–but the mutualism between each fig cultivar and its own breed of blastophage (fig wasp) has a special bio-poetry. Solan Honoré-Jones is the real expert, but in his absence, this infographic tells a compelling story.

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