Rifugio Scarpa,Voltago Agordino (BL)

Hello everyone! It’s summer and time to visit places (unfortunately, due to the coronavirus pandemic, here in the Veneto region,  we still need to wear a mask if we go inside shops, alpine refuges and to always use sanitizers – this is a practice which is actually not a bad!) but life is better now (we have more freedom to go and visit places!) than the beginning of the Covid-19 outbreak!

While I was doing this trail n. 771 starting from the hamlet “Frassene” in the small town of Voltago Agordino, the decision to to do some trekking in this part of the province of Belluno was really a good idea. The first trail done in this part of Belluno because I always thought that the best and most beautiful mountain refuges are located in the zone near the famous city of Cortina d’Ampezzo. I was really surprised to see that even in this not so renowned  part of the province of Belluno I can see and walk on a trail which is well marked, easy enough (more than a trail it is a wide path) and with a so beautiful view of the Dolomites (oh! Trail n. 771 has a dislevel of 600 mt.  from Frassene  to Rifugio Scarpa –  1 hr and 30 minutes walk  according to our map – for me it was 2 hrs and 30 minutes because of my passion for photography!, at the end of the day I realized that inadequate information and prejudice is often a bad data to consider when it comes to evaluating the trail and alpine refuge to reach. I must say that this is truly one of the most beautiful mountain path/trail that I have ever done here in Italy. Oh! A mountain refuge can offer you a lot of good food to eat but if you want to save, you can always bring with you a some food/snacks/fruit from home and consume it while sitting on a picnic blanket. The budget for this trip was only €25 including the gasoline, home prepared sandwiches, snacks bought from a supermarket, coffee and a piece of cake bought from the Refuge. Spending a lot of money is not always the only way to enjoy life! This is the first Alpine refuge of the season and I sure hope that I’ll be able to discover more before the summer ends.

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finally the alpine refuge…Rifugio Scarpa – Gurekian 1735 m

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The weather started to change when we arrived at the refuge but I guess, for those who have trekked  here in the mountains in the north of Italy, the weather can change easily after 2 pm in the afternoon.

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and…

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Lilium bulbiferum – Giglio di San Giovanni – ISO 100 – 56mm – f/9 – 1/160s

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Life is like a never-ending story and it is always up to us to paint it with the beautiful colors of love, peace, joy and compassion.

Wishing everyone a beautiful Sunday and a pleasant week ahead!

The waterfalls of Gares, (BL)

Hello everyone!

Years have gone by since the last time (I guess almost 20 years ago) I saw these two amazing gifts of nature and it is really heartwarming to see it again, still so beautiful and well preserved, after all these years! It is incredible how certain places could bring back memories and with it the essence of those moments.

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Trail n. 704

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The trail was even better than I remembered but I had to watch my step and of course, my camera!

Flora and finally…

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“La Cascata bassa”

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ISO 100 – 30 mm – f/18 – 1/80s (I’m still trying to put in a picture what I really want to say…the essence of water)

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“La Cascata alta”

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ISO – 100 –  18mm – f/18 – 1/60s

At the end of the day, something caught my eye…A new cycle is about to begin for this Taraxacum officinale – Dandelion

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ISO 100 – 140mm – f/6.3 – 1/320s

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ISO 100 – 100 mm – f/8 – 1/250s

Wishing everyone a beautiful Sunday!

 

 

 

A walkway…

Sant’Augusta, Vittorio Veneto (TV), Italy.

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Hello everyone! As life here in the northern part of Italy is slowly going back to normal (finally we can now go to some places within the region – fortunately, the region of Veneto have a lot of very interesting places,  both natural and historical, to visit), years back somebody told me about this particular walkway in the heart of the city of Vittorio Veneto in the province of Treviso, but honestly, I was not prepared to see a place so enchanting, so peaceful and so beautiful. I thought, this is one of those places where reality is surely a lot better than imagination!

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A rare sight…or just an eye opener that indeed, there is really so much to see and learn from this world!

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after 45 minutes…

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I loved the light…

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“L’amore è il solo tesoro che aumenta con dividerlo” – Love is the only treasure which multiplies  when you give it.

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“When nature talks, it is like the union of heart and mind.” Afs

Have an amazing Sunday and thank you for dropping by…

Molinetto della Croda, Refrontolo (TV), Italy

Hello everyone! Finally, after more than two months of  “lockdown” due to the Covid-19 pandemic…I was able to go to this town in the province of Treviso to see this historic place and to try using an ND filter  and … realizing that I still need to learn a lot about this aspect of photography.

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ISO 125 – 32mm – f/20 – 15.0s – Tripod – ND 1000

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ISO 125 – 27 mm – f/4 – 0.6s – Tripod – ND 1000

Wishing everyone a wonderful Sunday and a pleasant and fruitful week ahead!

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A Calendula.  ISO 100 – 140mm – f20 – 30.0s – Tripod – ND 1000

To breath

The last time I was able to see this beautiful old trail was almost two months ago. One of the effects of the pandemic. It is incredible how a once, almost taken for granted opportunity can be a source of profound joy. This is like looking into something with different eyes.

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Amazing how nature alone can bring so much color… poppies – “papaveri” and co.

In the early part of spring when poppy plants  are not yet in bloom, I usually gather some of it (cutting the plant 1/2 inch above the roots), clean it well (I think removing the dirt attached to the leaves of the plant is not really an easy job!), and steam or cook it with a little water and  then use it in “frittate” – scrambled eggs or even in “risottos” – Italian way of cooking rice. But one must be very careful because, if you don’t know well this plant or you are allergic to it, you might get intoxicated. I usually gather them for consumption only if I am with an expert or when I buy them in the grocery store!

Taking pictures while practicing what I’ve learned until now about photography and meeting some persons with mask (another effect of the pandemic), I started thinking about all those years when I have taken for granted going around freely without mask – “maschera”, gloves “guanti” and a sanitizer – “disinfettante” with me. But now, inspite of the inconvenience,  a walk,  after all this period of mobility restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this newly granted freedom, though limited,  is like breathing “air” for me.

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Corn fields and vines…

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and “camomille” – chamomile…

Oh! although I enjoyed a lot this 2 hour walk, but I realized too that taking pictures on a sunny day in spring (from 2 pm until 5 pm) is not really that easy. As I’ve said, I have a long way to go but in the end, what is important is to learn something more each day.

Stay safe and healthy and thank you for dropping by.

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Shells and…

A walk on the beach…

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Shells ….

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and a mother’s way of making a trip to the beach with her daughter a pleasant, artistic and interesting…

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Wishing everyone a beautiful day!

Oh! trying to find a way to take pictures with my DLSR during “harsh light” and realizing that my favorite time to take them is from dawn to 10 am and from 2:30 pm to sunset.

 

Duomo di Milano, Milan, Italy

The “Duomo di Milano”  magnificient Cathedral of Milan.

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52 columns made of Candoglia marble

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The view from the rooftop of this amazing monument was really awesome! Oh, I was wondering too how the roof could carry so many people…

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It is about touching history and feeling so lucky to be able to see this world renowned monument. A Masterpiece. A work of Love, Patience and Determination.

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A fountain in front of the Sforzesco Castle “Castello Sforzesco”.

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And I was really struck by this writing…

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Born to be loved…

Wishing everyone a beautiful Sunday!

 

Unusual Sunday

Treviso (TV)…

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Would you believe that this is a staircase?

The following pictures were taken during a practical session of photography in the city of Treviso.

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I thought it was almost late for me to start to learn more about photography but then, each session of this course made me realize that the decision taken more than a month ago was the right one! Sometimes, it is better late than never.

Wishing everyone a restful Sunday and a pleasant and fruitful week ahead.

A rainy day…

Hello everyone!

In a cold and rainy day, it is still possible to see the “Sun” looking through the heart’s eyes…

The guided tour to visit two of the most famous places here in the Veneto region was really an amazing experience inspite of the cold and rainy weather. Honestly, I was not really sure if I could take some pictures due to the rain, and then as I started to look at the beauty of the place on a rainy day, suddenly I noticed other aspects of visiting the Santuary of “Monte Berico” and the city of Marostica the province of Vicenza on a rainy winter day.

A place of worship for Cristians, even more, it really gave me that profound feeling of peace and joy.

A library with more than 80,000 books…

A 15th century book… a medieval book with a pig skin cover. How a book survived through all these centuries not only because of its care but also for its cover. 🤔

Marostica…

A painting which depicts the guardian angel…”Chiesa della Madonna del Carmine, Marostica”

Lucky enough to see this amazing monumental work of art by Paolo Veronese. “The Feast of Saint Gregory the Great (1572)” depicts Pope Gregory I dining with a dozen poor pilgrims, including Jesus in disguise at his right side.

Notice the shell symbol on Jesus’s robe. A symbol of pilgrimage.

Tulips and pastries…

Feeling the warmth even on a cold and rainy day…

Wishing you all an amazing Sunday!