Sometimes natural patterns can be so regular, but still much more elegant than our artificial counterparts. These are the leaves of the Iris flower.
Archive for March, 2007
Summer in the Italian Alps near the famous Monviso. You can trek around the mountain in three days, sleeping in comfortable cabins and crossing three passes with fantastic views. This valley is called Vallone di Vallanta and struck me for its smooth grassy slopes.
The Parco Nazionale del Gran Paradiso was the first national park established in Italy and protects a vast alpine area, across the regions of Piemonte and Valle d’Aosta. The photo was shoot in spring near the Rif. Vittorio Sella on the northern part of the park. High clouds were blown against the rocky peaks and assumed the characteristic smooth shapes.
This shot was taken on the strange and beautiful volcanic island of Santorini, one of the Cyclades, in Greece. The major villages are Phira and Oia (in the photo), both built on the edge of the cliff which surrounds the caldera.
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Pay a visit to the Animal Park “La Torbiera” near Novara, Italy.
I went the fall of some years ago. The splendid animals have plenty of space to roam and I was immersed in a beautiful forest. The trees were shedding their leaves, covering the ground like a warm blanket.
It was autumn at its best!
I found these two little shiny green beetles copulating on a flower in a meadow in the Brenta, Dolomites, Italy, one summer evening of 2004. I couldn’t resist my voyeurism and put kneeled myself with a macro lens to capture love unfolding!
The Marina in Genoa is called Expo and has been designed jointly with reknowed architect Renzo Piano. His is the contested Sphere, which should have contained numerous butterflies, but it just didn’t work out. Now they recreated inside a tropical environment, with small birds, camaleons and other animals. Next to the Sphere there is the Acquarium, one of the biggest in Europe, including a very large shark pool, plus seals, dolphins, sea turtles and much more. Definately it deserves a visit, but be prepared to pay much (at least according to Italian standards!).