Trip to Pantalica: the end

September 17, 2012

 One of the things I do love of my island, Sicily, is that in a relatively small area there are different kind of panoramas.

Already in just Catania area you can go to the sea as well climb up on a big mountain or read a book under a tree on a hill.

If you go a little to the south or south-west from Catania you can find the rivers, canyons and also dry areas (this is not this funny) that reminds me a lot of those old Far West movies scenario.

This impression of “far west day lands” became stronger during the other trip I will talk about in the following weeks… anyway this impression/discover it started that, while we were on our way back to Catania after our trip to Pantalica.

Here I have asked, once again, to my father to stop the car because that dry plant and that area had something of picture-worth.

Then I said “ok, we can leave” thinking that was my light shot for that day.

Daddy switched on the car engine, I kept looking at the sunset (and avoiding to ask again for a stop) but few meters away he stopped the car saying “now it’s me wanting to watch the sunset”

I didn’t waste the occasion of another picture while mom, bro and the webmaster complained and laughed for our crazy behavior

The whine and laughter became louder for this very last shot

Maybe it’s a little annoying to go for a trip with a pseudo-photographer like me, but probably they hadn’t such a terrible time




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Trip to Pantalica: sunset time

September 15, 2012

We were on our way back to Catania, when I started yelling

Stop as soon as you can!
Look on the left!

Webmaster sacrificed his breathing rate to allow me taking this picture.

isn’t it true love?!


mmh… now that I’m looking at this picture the wind turbines reminds me of scenes from old films about the Roman Empire where it show the practice of crucifixion…



I am not a wind turbines lover because they disturb the panorama of these areas in Sicily, but they can help to take a picture that I can enjoy.


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Trip to Pantalica: the taste of being late

September 14, 2012

Everything around looks running so fast

There is always something to reach or to do


I waste time,

therefore I am not enough


more likely

I am slow

I stop to look at something

I stop to take pictures at that thing


this means that

I just give attention to worthless slices of reality

No surprise if I just see people’s back

They all look like shadows

against that Light

that is darn far away

Each time I look at other people

they all seem so ahead with their life

are they running too fast?

is it me going too slow?

am I stuck in this point of my life?

Yes, probably life taste didn’t change since February 2007


Is this last breath a waste of air?

is there any hope left?

I had wasted time

I keep on wasting time

as always

waiting for THAT moment

when things set up and allow me to see

where Love is

and follow who is trying to reach It

slow and lame

 in constant search of that Beauty.

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Trip to Pantalica: a brother in the darkness

September 13, 2012

When you have a funny brother, and you walk through a long and dark gallery, what will he do?

Point his light toward his face and pretending to be scaring


pretending… indeed


Funny bro hits again!
I guess I have to edit the tag related to my brother’s funny and creative approach to life


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Trip to Pantalica: waterfall and polarizing filter

September 10, 2012

In May 2006 a photographer told me to try long exposure with waterfalls… it was in Pantalica, it was the first time I saw so much (not-salt)water an more or less little waterfalls and I tried and go this shot I called in a-not-so-creative-way”  “Panta rei”. There are sweet memories linked to that shot… I was 18yo and full of hopes and able to dream… well.. it’s not important.

I fear that in August in Pantalica there isn’t as much water as in spring time… so finding waterfalls has been rather difficult (or probably i looked for them… in the wrong places)

I’m not this happy with the shots I have taken…probably I went too experimental.

What’s sure I’m pretty disappointed by the double polarizing filters technique this time… the physicists side of my soul wish it were possible to know how these filters are made because they seem to  not working as the ones I used in the laboratory of Physics II. Who knows… maybe an idea for my graduation thesis?

Gasp! I think I have to buy ND filter…and again the physicists side of my soul would so much know how this stuff is built (in details)

but I have also to consider that I messed up the shots… wrong settings or something like this… It’s humiliating to do such mistakes after so many years…
Well, it’s part of the learning process, no?
I know, i could read where people explain how to get the result… but… I really hope it’s possible to make the double polarizing filter idea working.

Despite all, I have found a slice of the Beauty I am always seeking

A reason to not give up, don’t you think?

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Trip to Pantalica: a brother in the well

September 8, 2012

funny Bro hits again 🙂

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Trip to Pantalica: Necropoli

September 6, 2012

It is here in this area – after the bridge of Cassano-Ferla and the meanders of the district of Giambra, in the town of Sortino – that is located the world famous Necropolis of Pantalica, one of the largest in the Mediterranean regions, with its hive of thousands of ancient tombs distributed along the rocky walls, used from prehistorical ages to the early Christian era.

Today much of the Anapo valley, including the area of the necropolis, is protected by the Naturalistic Reserve Pantalica and Anapo Valley. From the naturalistic point of view, the predominant vegetation is the typical Mediterranean maquis. In the valley there are the typical “oriental” plane trees, black and white poplars, willows, and a rich and fragrant underwood; the less steep slopes are colonized by large oaks and holm oaks. In the flattest areas it is spectacular the explosion of spring flowers, iris, crocuses, daffodils and many species of wild orchids. The area is populated by mammals (foxes, rabbits, weasels, martens, porcupines), birds (falcons, buzzards, eaglea, red kitea, long-tailed bushtits, dippers), reptiles, among which the leopard snake, and insects, like the black dragonfly.

A series of paths closed to cars allow to go trhough the valley to reach the archaeological site of Pantalica. The settlement of Pantalica grew up on the ledge at the confluence of the Cava Grande torrent valley and the Anapo river valley. This ledge is connected to the plateau located behind only by a narrow isthmus, called Sella di Filipporto, or “Gate of Pantalica”. The hill lies with high cliffs overhanging the bed of the two rivers, wedged in narrow gorges. The vast backdrop of five separate necropoles, precious remains of prehistoric cities, is marked by thousands of burial caves carved into the cliffs. The oldest (the necropolis north-west and the vast northern necropolis) date back to the XI-XII centuries BC, while the most recent (the side groups called Filipporto and La Cavetta) date to the centuries between the ninth and eighth B.C. Of the ancient town are still visible the ruins of the megalithic royal palace, or Anaktoron (VIII century BC), at the midpoint of the plateau overlooking the valley, and the fortifications of Porta Pantalica.

The city was founded by indigenous pre-Greek populations coming from the coast and developed at the end of the Bronze Age and beginning of Iron Age. However, the name Pantalica is Byzantine (historical phase of which are preserved many vestiges: houses, tiny churches and oratories), while the ancient name is not revealed by the historical sources: according to some theories Pantalica could identify with the ancient Hybla, the main settlement of the area in the Pre-Greek period.

Note: These pictures are not taken exactly in the place named by the text, but I think these holes are part of a Necropoli too (since I was in the reserve).

My brother in front of the old station (do you remember we walked along dismissed railroads?)

[Disclaimer: the text in the grey boxes comes from the website you can reach clicking here]

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Trip to Pantalica: some data

September 5, 2012

 Oh, it’s a torture and at the same time a pleasure to have these pictures on my computer, but let’s not think about the coming “no taking pictures” season.

Let’s focus on a few news about the place I have been with family a couple of weeks ago and why on this blog you can find the tag “Anapo: the invisible river”

Instead of torturing you with my clumsy explanation I will copy a few news taken from the website linked here

The Anapo river – whose name, of Greek origin, means “invisible” – has its source in the territory of Palazzolo Acreide (in the place called Sources Guffari on Mount Lauro), and initially flows through a deeply eroded valley, which widens and narrows.

Close to the town of Palazzolo, the valley begins to show the characteristic shape of a canyon, slipping through layers of hard rock in which it has excavated tortuous and steep paths with narrow and high meandering walls, known as Gole (Gorge) di Pantalica.


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Trip to Pantalica: an old game

September 4, 2012

Bro, after lunch, started playing this game that probably is as old as humanity.

Throwing a stone on water and trying to make it jump.

I am terrible at this game (never been able to make any stone jump) so I just sat there observing, taking pictures and requesting actions as

“try to just make the stone fall in that point…”

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Trip to Pantalica: Wasted occasion?

September 3, 2012

A few days ago David, a photographer friend of mine, wrote on twitter this sentence

“We perceive the meaning of things before we understand why they are meaningful. Shoot with your gut.”

A concept that , soon or later, you understand if you take pictures for long enough and with enough attention at what you are doing.
A concept that even if it’s not new for me, each time I have to deal with it is extremely surprising.
I have to admit it: at times it’s an extremely irritating situation too…I don’t know if the physicists side of my soul, or just my nature that wants to control everything,
but this need to shoot with the gut: taste of freedom as well as of acceptance of mystery.

BTW, the important thing is that this concept is extremely true.
You don’t always always take pictures with your gut, but… it happens, and quite often.
It happens even  in relatively quiet situations.

And pretending that I believe in coincidence… The day my friend wrote that sentence I had to deal with with some pictures that can be defined as “taken with the gut” but that are a complete mess.

I took these pictures when I was about to leave the area where I had ate lunch. While walking I have noticed these dark dragonflies on that piece of wood, and I thought that was a fascinating frame!

I have taken some pictures but didn’t like any of the result.
I couldn’t accept I wasn’t able to put on a frame what I have “seen” by instinct, therefore I thought it was due to wrong camera settings…

Only at home I realized the mess I did

I guess it’s clear that here you can see a a cropped image. I tired to save something from this picture…
It might have not been a worthy shot, but probably noticing the light reflections game would have made me bending on my knees and zooming with the camera that required bit to make a better use of this occasion.

I don’t consider this a completely lost picture because my presence there made some passerby notice that slice of Beauty they otherwise would have lost. Plus it is a challenge for me to improve the equilibrium gut-brain I need for my pictures

Pay attention, I don’t think that gut is cause of wasted pictures, I have several shots taken with the gut that “won” a lot of things, from money in contest to smile of people I love.

I just think that this time gut worked well but all went mistaken, and I think it is rather “funny” that someone I’ve never met wrote that line the same day I had to think, once again, of this aspect of “taking pictures”.

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Trip to Pantalica: the one with the evening dress

September 2, 2012

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