Day #1: The steep and narrow Aterno valley, near Tione village, offers little chance of arable land . The inhabitants, to remedy this deficiency , in early spring were making a sort of vertical transhumance towards the highlands overlooking the valley.
Here, at 1000 meters above sea level , are the Pagliare di Tione, a cluster of a few houses built around a large stone well carved from a sinkhole from which the water was drawn going down two flights of steps.
For the first day of photographs we will go in this agro-pastoral village existing from the 1400 to witness a farmers civilization that is unique in its kind.
From this plateau, the view is enjoyable in every direction and ranges from Sirente mount, the clear air gives you the feeling of being able to touch it, to the chains of Gran Sasso and Maiella …it means..two National and one Regional Parks.
The unreal silence transports you to another era when living in touch with nature was not a slogan.
Day #2: Campo Imperatore is a plateau of glacial and alluvial origin with an average altitude of 1800 meters, 18 km long and 8 km wide is one of the largest in Italy. Its name was given by Emperor Frederick II who first called it Campo Imperiale (Imperial Camp) .
The plateau is able to offer emotions in every season whether it is covered with snow or during a storm, the moment that we will go take pictures is the one of the sumptuous blooms that follow each other in the spring. There is not an exact date, Campo Imperatore seasons have an out of normal course, in the early days of June, we should find the blooms of crocuses, which often grow in the still present patches of snow, and yellow violets. We will search sunny and sheltered from the icy winds of the night environmental niches to find early blooms.
The light is always constantly evolving and plays with the hills almost completely devoid of trees. The ubiquitous Big Horn (the highest peak of the Gran Sasso) will be the background of each shot, always surrounded by constantly changing clouds and that is reflected in the lakes enclosed in yellow buttercups.
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