As we head off for a two-week adventure on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, here are some Earthly sights to enjoy. Today is a good day--no, every day is a good day--to appreciate what an extraordinary planet we get to live on. Though computer access could be a problem, I will attempt to post some blog entries from Italy, perhaps telling of the nearly extinct farm animals we'll be seeing, or the art we'll be creating, or the skies that Galileo once gazed up at (an old observatory is on the itinerary). We will be gathering more surprises for The Naturalist's Notebook, which in June will open for the season. In the meantime, I'd love it if any of you started e-mailing us your own photos and observations from your corner of our 4.5-billion-year-old Earth.