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transumanza 2012

…i know it’s almost time to leave Biella when the transumanza begins; the twice yearly ritual of moving animals, here mainly cattle, down from the mountain and into the plains for the duration of the extremely harsh winters they have up in the hills around here. The sound of the large bells the cows have around their necks resonates for a good 10 minutes before you actually see any of the livestock and it’s my favourite sound…an announcement of autumn…as heard in the film below.

la transumanza 2…

…couldn’t resist another post about the transumanza, as it is all around me at the moment.

This time i followed them for a bit as i wanted to see how they negotiated roundabouts and other such obstacles…the answer is…in their stride. Its funny, all the roads around Biella right now are marked by cow shit tracing the various paths and routes they have taken…I recorded the cowbells this time, the sound you hear below has not been tampered with at all…