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stopmotion alps

Stopmotion alps with landing into Edinburgh, playing cat and mouse with the air stewards as i am supposed at this point to have turned off all my electronic equipment…It’s a camera for gods sake, what is the problem?!!!!

Not the greatest visibility today, the mountains were playing hide and seek with the clouds, with only the highest peaks visible…

mountains and sunshine…

One thing that’s good about the winter in Biella is that even though it’s bloomin’ freezing, the sun does SHINE! Not so much the case in invernal Edinburgh…

…and the other good thing is the mountains that are present at every turn…

…another great thing is when a door that is usually close is suddenly left open and you get a wee glimpse of what lies inside…

doorway from via Italia, Biella

view from a roof…

Two views from the roof accessible from my room at dawn…The peak of Mucrone, the mountain in the distance which now contains the odd light dusting of snow in the mornings, while on the other side is a turf roof with industrial views of the Cervo river.

…but it’s time to leave Biella, the leaves have changed colour, the mornings and evenings are sharp and chilly…and the residency is over for another year…

relief in the mountains…

…in the end, i only spent one day in Pettinengo, the association we were visiting  (see previous post)  has a huge and abundant produce garden,

but the bees were my favourite…they produce “third paradise honey” here named after an artwork made from flowers by Michelangelo Pistoletto…But i had a bit of a hard time here as i previously mentioned with the mosquitoes,  so i escaped to the mountains and temps in the mid 30’s dropped to a marvellous 18 degrees…

About 2000 metres up, near Monte Cervino (4800m) in Valle d’Aosta, i was amazed once i got into the meadows on the slopes not of the abundance but of the exotic nature of the flora and fauna i found up there, my ignorance i guess…

You are really inside the weather here, Monte Cervino (the peak on the right) was constantly appearing and disappearing behind clouds, it would rain for 10 seconds and then become sunny etc…

Right now i have no time to find out what everything i saw actually is, but i found lilies growing singly all over the place and also brightly coloured succulents….

With all the flowers came brilliant coloured butterflies and a vivid fushia coloured flying insect that was impossible to photograph.

Just a little further up in the ski town of Cervina (an incredible mix of low rent Vegas and plastic Hansel and Gretel style architecture….!!), people were skiing…i hope to come back and do some walks in the mountains and maybe find out a bit more about the plants and animals and best of all be in a place where there are no mosquitoes!!!

Not Cervina, but up in the mountains, indigenous architecture being reclaimed and absorbed again by nature…

Indigenous architecture still in use by shepherds…