Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Carnival again




A visit to the Castelnovo di Sotto Carnival which takes place in the three weeks before Lent is always good fun and is also interesting to photograph.

This is a typical Italian carnival, far more typical than the Venice carnival. Huge carnival floats are towed around the centre of this small town each one blaring deafening music of the worst kind. It is all very raucous. 
 
Carnival, Castelnovo di Sotto, RE

Carnival, Castelnovo di Sotto, RE

Carnival, Castelnovo di Sotto, RE
One has to watch out as lots of paper confetti gets thrown from the floats and it is impossible to remove. I still find bits of it in my camera bag after two years.
Carnival, Castelnovo di Sotto, RE

Carnival, Castelnovo di Sotto, RE

Carnival, Castelnovo di Sotto, RE

Carnival, Castelnovo di Sotto, RE

Carnival, Castelnovo di Sotto, RE
This year I wanted to do something different with my photographs to try and emphasise the bright colours of the floats.
Carnival, Castelnovo di Sotto, RE

Carnival, Castelnovo di Sotto, RE

Carnival, Castelnovo di Sotto, RE

Carnival, Castelnovo di Sotto, RE

Carnival, Castelnovo di Sotto, RE

Carnival, Castelnovo di Sotto, RE

Carnival, Castelnovo di Sotto, RE

Carnival, Castelnovo di Sotto, RE

Carnival, Castelnovo di Sotto, RE

Carnival, Castelnovo di Sotto, RE

Carnival, Castelnovo di Sotto, RE

Carnival, Castelnovo di Sotto, RE

Carnival, Castelnovo di Sotto, RE
 Best to avoid getting the "bath" though.
Carnival, Castelnovo di Sotto, RE
 

Friday, March 3, 2017

Monte Prampa


I decided that on Sunday I would try to catch some snow again in the mountains before it disappears completely. But I could not decide where to catch it. It was Monte Cavalbianco or Monte Prampa.

Driving up the SS63 I caught sight of a gleaming Monte Cusna. So, Monte Prampa just under Cusna won the day.

The first leg of the climb from the road above Mont Orsaro is very steep. It seemed to be clear of snow, but as I climbed up the shadowy valley the snow started to become quite deep and difficult.




Monte Prampa, RE




Monte Prampa, RE
Just at the right moment another walker appeared, better equipped than me. He kindly lent me a hiking stick that made the climb a lot easier. Thanks again Mauro if you read this post.

So, for the first time ever I did a hike in company.

The climb up to Mont Prampa from the pass was a lot steeper than I remembered, but the view was as splendid as ever. Pity about the smog coming up from the Po Valley which was quite noticeable.


Monte Prampa, RE


Monte Prampa, RE


Monte Prampa, RE


Monte Prampa, RE
Having reached the top, the next thing was to get down before it got dark. We took the longer but easier path down following the footprints of a man and his dog who had preceded us, which was lucky as the red and white trail markers were mostly under the snow.
Monte Prampa, RE
 

Monte Prampa, RE



Monte Prampa, RE



Monte Prampa, RE
Monte Prampa, RE



Monte Prampa, RE
 
I will have to get a walking pole as they really took the weight off my kneecap that sometimes suffers after a steep decent. 

 

Friday, February 24, 2017

Where is the Snow?


This year it has snowed very little in the Apennines. I decided on Sunday to do a short hike in the snow before it disappears entirely.

Monte Cavalbianco from Passo Pradarena,RE

Climbing up Monte Asinara, MC.

Monte Asinara, Mc
From Passo Pradarena I decided to climb Monte Asinara instead of the usual Cavalbianco. I climbed from the south side of the mountain where the sun and the warmer air coming in from Tuscany had left just a thin layer of snow. It was quite easy and in less than an hour I was atop Monte Asinara.
 
The road from Ligonchio to Passo Pradarena, RE
Beech woods
 
I was rewarded with a splendid view eastwards towards Monte Cusna. As often is the case a band of cloud had formed above the mountain chain. So, I had to be patient and wait to get some interesting light for my photography.
From Monte Asinara, MC

From Monte Asinara, MC

Monte Cusna from Monte Asinara, MC

From Monte Asinara, MC

From Monte Asinara, MC

From Monte Asinara, MC

From Monte Asinara, MC

From Monte Asinara, MC

It was time to descend down to Passo della Comunella to pick up the 00 footpath for the return leg of the walk.
 
Alpi Apuani from Passo Pradarena


Last light on Cavalbianco
 
 All that remained was to put the Alfa in "sport mode" for the decent down to Ligonchio.