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inclement weather makes for better photography…

There is just something about inclement weather and the seaside…maybe it’s just me, but everything looks so much better… These shots were taken at Tyninghame beach about half an hours drive outside Edinburgh. Nobody there except for us and one very hardy fisherman…

That’s the Bass Rock in the distance being enveloped by the weather, a volcanic plug in the Firth of Forth, it was a prison in the 17th century. I read that prisoners used to be executed by fixing a fish to their head so that a diving gannet would pierce the skull…not sure about the veracity of this however… Now it is now protected bird sanctuary.

Apparently, when they are biting he catches flounder and sea bass…

stop motion waves at tyninghame

la transumanza…

transumanza from the Latin words “tras” (through/across) and “humus” (land or soil)

Biella is known for it’s industrial past but it is also situated in the heart of mountains, plains, pastures and farmland…

So getting up very early in the morning does have its benefits. This morning around 7.30 as i was heading up the road away from the Fondazione on my way up to town to have my breakfast, when i heard the distant clanging of many cow bells. It was the transumanza – my favourite way to mark the seasons over here…

…basically this is 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. They pass right by Cittadellarte on via Serralunga, and have a rest in the neighbouring car park before carrying on towards the savanna of Baraggia…and then in the spring time they go up again…

The noise made by the bells around their necks as they wander past on the road makes a sound that implies there are a thousand head of cattle on the way, this small herd could be heard from a distance for a long time before we could see them…

cows in the cow car park