TWO MEDIEVAL TOWNS IN TUSCANY: 1. VOLTERRA

Chiesa di San Giusto, Volterra, gennaio 2017. Nikon D810, 120 mm (24-120.0 mm ƒ/4) 1/640" ƒ/4 ISO 200

Chiesa di San Giusto, Volterra

Volterra is a medieval town in Valdicecina, Tuscany, populated by real people, with real activities (including tourism), compared to San Gimignano (next post), which is a popular destination that lives and earns (profusely) solely upon the tourist industry. Continue reading

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Iceland In Winter – 2. The South-West

The cliff overlooking the Black Sand Beach near Vik, Iceland. Nikon D810, 85 mm (85.0 ƒ/1.4) 1/100" ƒ/3.2 ISO 64

The cliff overlooking Black Sand Beach near Vik, Iceland. Nikon D810, 85 mm (85.0 ƒ/1.4) 1/100″ ƒ/3.2 ISO 64

Northern Light (Aurora Borealis) is a big attraction in the Icelandic winter, but it’s not so easy to catch. It depends on the intensity of the solar wind, the interaction between the interplanetary and the earth magnetic fields and – obviously – the  weather, all factors on which the human will has no influence whatsoever. Continue reading

Cuba facing its future 3. Remedios and Cayo Santa Maria

An impromptu sand sculpture on the Las Gaviotes beach, on Cayo Santa Maria. Nikon D810, 24 mm (24.0 ƒ/1.4) 1/125" ƒ/10 ISO 64

An impromptu sand sculpture on the Las Gaviotas beach, on Cayo Santa Maria. Nikon D810, 24 mm (24.0 ƒ/1.4) 1/125″ ƒ/10 ISO 64

The road to Santa Clara

From Playa Ancon, we took the perilous road 152 that goes passed Trinidad, up  North, through the Topes de Collantes mountain range. We were heading to Santa Clara, for a quick visit to the Che Guevara Memorial. Continue reading

Cuba facing its future 2. Trinidad

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Everybody in this island and outside looks at Cuba’s future with a mix of expectation and worry. Some of its more characteristic features are in danger. Its famous vintage cars, to be sure, are doomed to disappear. But also less futile worries concern its delicate, untouched environment, menaced by a more conspicuous and ubiquitous  tourism. We visited South and West of the Habana to assess the state of the disease .
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Torcal de Antequera

The rocks of the Torcal de Antequera are limestones. They are the result of accumulation of shells and skeletons of marine animals deposited in successive layers on the floor of the see when, in the Jurassic age, 200 million years ago, the water covered this area.Twenty million years ago, during the orogenesis,  the limestones were compressed, fractured and deformed. The atmospheric agents they remained exposed to since then created these sculptures.

Le rocce del Torcal de Antenquera sono formazioni calcaree. Sono il risultato dell’accumulo di conchiglie e scheletri marini depositati in strati successivi sul fondo quando, durante il periodo Giurassico, 200 milioni di anni fa, il mare copriva questa zona. Venti milioni di anni fa, durante l’orogenesi, il calcare ha subito un processo di compressione, deformandosi e fratturandosi. La continua esposizione agli agenti atmosferici ha fatto il resto, dando forma a queste sculture naturali.