For part 3 of my Italy Less Trodden occasional series, we’re off to Umbria. More precisely, to Casteluccio in the Valnerina. When I said I wanted to be based in the area known as the Valnerina, the nice lady at the travel company I used couldn’t understand why I wasn’t more keen to visit the main towns…it is a bit of a forgotten corner of Umbria, with mountains and wooded valleys, poor road connections, and large stretches of, well, nothing…
Castelluccio is a very curious, remote little place…..1452m up in the Apennine Mountains, barely more than a hamlet, situated in the vast and strange expanse of the Piano Grande. It sits alone in the middle of the plain, with no other habitation for miles.
The small village square is flanked by grey buildings covered in white graffiti. Wandering around, there was hardly anyone to be seen. The fields on the slopes around the village are cultivated for growing lentils – the lentils from here are renowned. I posted a couple of images of these fields in an earlier post, but will post again for completeness.
Casteluccio, distant view on a wet, windswept day
Casteluccio and the lentil fields
Wildflowers and lentil fields
Graffiti in the hamlet square
more of the square
This perception of the place is mine, from a few years ago, but from comments I have stumbled across, I don’t believe much has changed. One day, perhaps I’ll return.
I have been meaning to post this for ages, but somehow it has been overlooked….until I saw that Cee’s fun photo challenge had the subject of ‘Alone’ for this week. Perfect, I thought….
After a busy week with no time for blogging, I checked out this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge – Grand (we are asked to consider the size of something and it’s impact). I then hopped over to Where’s my Backpack? Where Ailsa has come up with Symbol as the prompt. A bit of butterfly mind work had me thinking of a trip to Nürnberg in November 1989, and seeing a great line of Trabants slogging up a hill on the motorway (sadly I was driving, so have no record of this) as they streamed out of East Germany following the fall of communist rule….
So, to cut to the point…. I think a painted image of the Trabant bursting through a section of the Berlin Wall (taken on a visit to Berlin in 2003) would cover both of these challenges! What do you think?
Another week when I am combining the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge and the Travel Theme suggested by Ailsa at Where’s my Backpack. Life is a bit earnest and real at the moment, and time is short for blogging, so I had a trawl through the archive and came up with three images which I hope illustrate the combined themes.
First up, an image of the dawn sky, with sunlight reflected in the clouds:
Light my dawn
Second, an image taken during the day, sun bursting out from behind the clouds (a version of my header image)
This week’s Weekly Photo Challenge set by Sarah Rosso at WordPress is Unexpected, and over at Where’s my Backpack, Ailsa has asked us to show images that say Fragrant.
I decided to combine the two this week, and you will need to bear with me as I explain the-not-in-any-way-obvious……..
I am posting some images taken in the garden at Chartwell in Kent (famous as being the home of Sir Winston Spencer Churchill). Going back quite a few years, I was wandering around the garden with my husband and my parents. At one point I said to my mother ‘that scent, Grandpa’s garden!’ And she replied that we had just walked past a flowering currant, which he had had in his garden… completely unexpected, a heady scent and an instant memory from my growing-up years.
Alas, I can’t show you the flowering currant, but I can show you some images from late on a mid-October day, when I recall the scent of various plants (don’t ask me to name them!) and a lingering smell of Box hedge…..
This week, I have decided to go for a semicircular theme, and have been reminiscing over travels in Cuba. So here are some Cuban windows with atmosphere from Old Havanna, Camaguey, Santiago de Cuba and Cienfuegos. Some more colourful than others.
Well, I found a number of quotes, but how to fit an image to the quote? I wanted to show intangible, but by dint of an image and some post-processing jigging, have only partly succeeded (got the ‘formless’ bit!)…Anyway, time is of the essence this week, so this is how it will stay:
“There are intangible realities which float near us, formless and without words; realities which no one has thought out, and which are excluded for lack of interpreters.“ Natalie Clifford Barney
Dawn mist in the Aveyron
Might have done for mysterious or atmospheric rather than intangible? Let me know….
For this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge, Sarah Rosso at WordPress has tasked us to come up with images to do with ‘layers’. I thought for all of one minute…
I am posting an image from recen travels of the very atmospheric town of Matera, in Basilicata, Italy. If you look over to the town from the opposite side of the ravine, you see the rock upon which it is built, layers of the old town which includes the cave dwellings, and higher still is the modern town, then the trees, and finally the sky. Layer upon layer!
I also think it demonstrates different colours and tones in the layers and equally, different textures..
This particular image is courtesy of my friend Sarah, as I had avoided getting the modern part of the town in any of my images! I have given it a tiny bit of a boost using HDR Efex Pro to emphasise the layers a little more.