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I found this family of mushrooms while walking in the Birch Forest of the Lame, in the Parco Naturale dell’Aveto, Liguria, Italy. I was attracted by the striking red color and the geometrical arrangement of these highly poisonous mushrooms (ideal as a condiment when you invite your mother-in-law), growing on a thick carpet of leaves.
Amanite Muscaria Family

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Monte Antola is one of the highest mountains in the Genoa province, Liguria, Italy. There are many ways to reach the top, but if you follow any of the the two very scenic ridges you’ll be delighted by splendid views over the range of the Ligurian Appennines. This photo is taken at sunset along the ridge that starts from Casa del Romano, north of the summit. The walk alternates between open pastures and intimate birch forests, before reaching the grassy and stony summit.
The other ridge, much longer, starts from Crocefieschi and traverses Monte Buio along the way.
Monte Antola and its lower neighbours are part of the Monte Antola Natural Regional Park.

Monte Antola ridge at sunset

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It was not possible to miss this mushroom while walking in the Foresta delle Lame in the Natural Park of Aveto, Liguria, Italy. Its rich red colour and round form are as attractive at least as much as the lethality of the mushroom! The carpet of birch leaves from the previous autumn and the greening branches perfectly render the atmosphere of the place.

Amanite Muscaria in the Bosco delle Lame, Aveto

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These larix caught my attention while climbing the old hunting trail used by the Savoia. The Val d’Orco, in the Piedmont Alps (and part of the Gran Paradiso National Park), was ablaze with the fall tones and these tall trees seemed sturdy columns supporting a colorful and delicate vault.

Autumn Trees

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Climbing the Passo della Consuma in the early morning of a fall, some years ago, I was delighted by the view over the Val d’Arno. The mist still clinged to the shallow depressions and the castles and farms on top of the hills emerged like vessels in a wavy ocean. Arezzo was barely visible in the distance, where the Val d’Arno spreads into flatter grounds. The rising slopes in the background delimits the Tuscan border of the great forest of the National Park of the Foreste Casentinesi and Monte Falterona.

Tuscany Hills in Early Morning

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I walked with a friend the whole day amid the fog, along the ridge from Passo del Faiallo to Prariondo, in the Parco Naturale Regionale del Beigua, Liguria, Italy. It felt like having thick opaque glasses. But on our way back, while crossing a sparse pine tree forest, the fog suddenly lowered and the sun emerged to shine over the wet landscape. Wow, we had regained our sight! The clouds covered the coast and the sea, only the highest ridge was free. We watched the sun setting over this surreal scenery and got back to the car with the help of a providential headlamp.

Forest Mist Sunset

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