Thursday July 4, 2013

WEST OF CORTINA – We hiked today through a company of Alpini training on the rock faces above us. They wished not to be photographed. We ran into some fairly threatening weather but didn’t get all that wet. Black and white images taken with my Leica Monochrom; the one color images from the trip is from my Leica M.

Storm on the trail
Storm on the trail
Dolomites
Dolomites
Lunch
Lunch
My only color
My only color

On this day last year: Milan.

Graffiti
Graffiti

Wednesday July 3, 2013

SAN CASSIANO – We’ve stayed two nights in this lovely town – in major part because of the marvelous hotel here, Rosa Alpini. We had a chance to get to know the owner, Hugo Pizzinini and his family, and Norbert Niederkofler, the Michelin two star chef who runs the restaurant in the hotel. All images taken with my Leica Monochrom and 50mm Summichron Asph. lens.

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Hugo at a lunch that he provided in his family’s hut on the alp above San Cassiano.

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On this day last year: Detail in Milan.

Detail
Detail

Monday July 1, 2013

THE DOLOMITES – I’m at a bit of a loss on exactly where this was taken because I’m writing this in Connecticut separated from my copy of our Italian itinerary. Next trip I’ll use the iPhone’s gps to help document were I’ve been. So we’ll just look at the pictures, taken with my Leica Monochrom and 50mm Summicron Asph. lens, rather than write about them. The first image is six frames stitched.

Alps!
Alps!
Maria
Maria

On this day last year: Todi and Milan. On this day last year we drove from Todi to Milan, an itinerary that we will repeat this year later in our journey.

Sunday June 30, 2013

SCHUTZHAUS TIERSER ALPL – The hardest day in our trek. A long, long uphill slog from Schlern to this refugio in a high saddle. We sleep here in bunk bed accomodations and have a relatively simple meal – our only simple dinner of the entire trip. Well worth the effort. All images with my Leica Monochrom and 50mm Summicron Asph. lens.

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On this day last year: Todi. Todi is actually our next stop (after the Dolomites) in this year’s trip.

Todi
Todi

Saturday June 29, 2013

VOLS AM SCHLERN AND ON THE TRAIL – After a leisurely breakfast we finally hit the trail. Al images taken with my Leica Monchrom camera and 50mm Sumilux Asph. lens.

Local scenery in Vols:

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Our guide, Ken Fuhrer (yes, he really is our leader), of Walker Ryder in Teluride, which organized our trip.

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Maria has her game face on:

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Another couple at the refugio where we had lunch:

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On this day last year: Wedding in Todi.

Family shot
Family shot

Friday June 28, 2013

VÖLS AM SCHLERN ITALY – That’s right, the name of this Italian town has an umlaut. 94% of the population here speaks German as their first language. This is the starting point of our week-long trek in the Dolomites, the name of the major alpine range in Alte Adige area of Italy. The Dolomites are named after the white calcium magnesium carbonate stone that is characteristic of the peaks in this region. Dolomite stone takes it’s name from Déodat Gratet de Dolomieu, a Frenchman who described the stone in the late 18th Century. We got here after a very long day of travel by air and train, and finally a local taxi from Bolzano, which is a close as you can get by rail. We arrived just in time for a sunset over the town. Taken with my Leica Monochrom and 50mm Summicron Asph. lens.

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On this day one year ago: Deruta.

Maiolica
Maiolica