Photographer's Note

This is a landscape we have become familiar with through the wonderful postings of Silvio Sorcini (Silvio1953) and it is to him that I dedicate this shot.

Our visit to the area was a treat, having lived for so many years in a desert climate it was fabulous to see snow clinging to the peaks of the Apennines.

In this shot you see Castelluccio di Norcia basking in a pool of sunshine while above the mountains are mist and cloud swathed and below the plains of Piano Grande are studded with buttercups.

Castelluccio lies at 1452m, making it the highest settlement in the Apennines. It lies above the "Great Plain" ("Piano Grande" - 1270m), next to the Monti Sibillini National Park.

Rain and meltwater accumulate on the surface of the plain, which is made of largely impermeable sediments. The greenish ditches drain the water towards openings called Ponors, which are part of the karstic underground drainage system. If the karst drainage is blocked for any reason, water backs up and turns the plain into a temporary lake. History: The village dates from the 13th century or slightly earlier, but also settled by the Romans.

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