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Nature and the Importance of Being Alone

Lately I have often found on Fb the “news” that psychologists would recommend walks in Nature, especially in the woods, as a substitute for antidepressants.
I have to admit it, I never deepened the question, I am a bit skeptical to all sites that report generic informations (for example, for years it periodically pops-up the news that in Sweden the daily working hours will decrease from 8 to 6 and, living there, I assure you that it is not true!), and even if a psychologist or more had actually made such a statement, it is not said that the whole medical class will move in that direction.

Retracing Wandering Italia

ABRUZZO, LAZIO, UMBRIA, ITALY//On my second stage retracing Wandering Italia, I decided to go back to those places which had a huge emotional impact on me, definitely not only for the beauty of the landscape.

I drove from Rome in the morning towards Campotosto Lake.
At the beginning everything has been only about the astonishing view over the imposing Gran Sasso, and luckily I had the time, and a fantastic weather, to find the better spots to enjoy the view and take pictures.

Charming Warsaw

WARSAW OLD TOWN, POLAND //

There was something magical in the air that evening: Warsaw is a charming town, always, but that day she decided to dress up in some of the most astonishing colours of an amzing sunset.

My First time

TIVEDEN NATIONAL PARK, SWEDEN//

There were only three weeks left before the beginning of my trip and there was still something very important I have to do: sleep in the tent, alone, into the wild.
This is the journal of my first time

Serene

SKÅNE COUNTY, SWEDEN //

Winter snow in South of Sweden is not common at all, even if one may think the opposite, especially in Malmö and along the coast. Secondly, having the snow and then a sunny day it’s something extremely extraordinary.

So, when I came back from Poland and I found a snowy Sweden, after I had a little taste of it just after the landing (then we went home to rest after we woke up at 3:30 am…) and after I checked the forecasts, I decided to entirely spend the day after for a photoshoot.

Polish trip

POLAND, SILESIA, TYCHY, WARSAW //

I’ve been in Poland for a ten days trip, first in the Silesian city of Tychy, and then in Warsaw.

Despite the cold, and it was really really cold with temperature down to -23, I’ve been able to take some walks: I could enjoy the snow in town and then in the forest around the Paprocany Lake in Tychy; then, in the capital, I could enjoy astonishing sunsets from the fortifications of the Old Town (Barbican), from the terrace of Palace of Culture and from the Park of Wilanów.

I could have taken more pictures, but because of the cold I mostly preferred to leave the camera home and use the immune instead.

I don’t have any regrets, nay: once again I came back from another Polish adventure with truly wonderful memories.

Patagonia

Ciao…

He sent his SOS to the world but no one got it. He tried, but no one really understood it.

“Peter and the Wolf “ and a  situation in some ways paradoxical.

On the other hand he didn’t know himself what kind of help he was looking for. He understood it when it was already too late and it was not coming back.

At least in that moment.

The Fog and the Sea

MÖLLE & KULLABERG NATURE RESERVE, SWEDEN //

Last Saturday (11 March 2017) has been the first real hint of spring, at least for us living here in South Sweden: bright sunshine, clear sky, almost no wind at all (something very rare here) they all made the temperatures around 9-10 degrees even more bearable and pleasant.
Probably the winter is not done with us yet, and cold, rain and maybe even snow will return to disenchant us; but the heat of a warm ray of sunshine while enjoying a coffee on the balcony at home, with the birds chirping in the background, it can change completely the mood for those who, like us, are used to endless months of gray and cold.

 

Unbelievable, Extraordinary…

ÖSÖDERÅSEN NATIONAL PARK, SWEDEN //

We had an unusually heavy snowfall last week here in Malmö, not because unexpected, but because, from a driving rain and in just a few minutes it managed to whiten everything, accumulating more than five centimeters.
During the night then, the temperatures must have fallen below freezing point, so the next morning we had a clear and deep sky, bright sunshine and sparkling snow waiting for us and spurring us to get out.
We could not miss that chance!

Living a (winter) Fairy-tale

INTO THE FOREST, SKÅNE COUNTY, SWEDEN //

We decide to leave Malmö, by car, and go for a walk in Nature. Just outside town little snow begins to fall. Lara falls asleep almost immediately: she skipped the morning nap and she is particularly tired.
We decided to just drive around than, to let her sleep; furthermore, the snowfall is increasing while getting more and more far from the coast. So we drive around, we get lost in small side roads, getting deep in a landscape that slowly begins to dress itself in white: first it’s just a veil, which delicate begins to cover those dull winter colors; then it increases, grows, embraces and holds everything in its innocent and candid grip.

Are We Really Sure?

Really?BOSJÖKLOSTER (BOSJÖ ABBEY), HÖÖR, SWEDEN //

On a weekday cold afternoon, we decided to visit the Bosjö monastery/castle (Bosjökloster), on the banks of Östra Ringsjon (literally “Eastern Ring Lake”), in the municipality of Höör.dsc_4001

Benedictine abbey founded in 1080, is now a private property which, however, opens door to the public, behind the payment of a symbolic offering for the maintenance of the structure since it does not receive any public funding, the old part of the castle, the gardens and the adjacent park with its centuries-old oaks.
And this captured our interest today.

The Cold, the Trees, the Silence…

SNOGEHOLM LAKE AND FOREST, SWEDEN //

It has been a while since we have been closer to Mother Nature, a bit because of the last holidays in Poland, and for the time spent doing Xmas shopping before.
We needed it, both of us and even our little Lara, which seems to prefer to look at trees and a blue sky over her stroller, than lights and people in some shopping center.
So, despite the cold, we came back for a walk in the well-equipped area of Snogeholm, about fifty kilometers east of Malmö, which has trails suitable for disables and so very good for our stroller.

Standstill

…LANDSKRONA CITADEL, SWEDEN //

Last Saturday we had a trip to Landskrona Citadel, around 40 km north of Malmö.
The weather was not the best, cloudy and maybe little bit too windy to go by the coast, but we are always trying to get another possibility to go out with our daughter before the long, dark and cold Swedish winter will finally settle down.
After a short walk in the quiet park around the castle, with its channel to protect it, we came back by the sea to enjoy another spectacular sunset.

Be Surprised

…YSTAD, SWEDEN //

Last Sunday (13-11-2016) I was in Ystad with my family, to take a walk by the sea while waiting for the Moon-rise.
I set my tripod and start shooting, bewitched by an amazing “red-dressed” Moon.
Then I turned to discover a fantastic sunset.
And then us, caught in the middle, enchanted from such a beauty.

Mother Nature, once again, delivered an astonishing surprise…

Know how to Wait…

MÖLLE & KULLABERG NATURE RESERVE, SWEDEN //

Know how to wait … Always.
In the belief that the best is yet to come.
In the belief that as it can not rain forever, so no darkness can prevent the light from returning to shine.
Waiting!
Being confident that great things and little great miracles are waiting for us, though if everything around us now is trying try to tell us the opposite.
Knowing how to wait … despite everything!

 

Leaving the Road

Leaving the road
to get lost
as in life,
it will always be worth it
if by that
I can find pieces of Heaven
hidden and lost …
So
never take away my need to explore
never take away my will to go …

Getting Lost

Leaving, traveling…getting lost!
Between unknown roads
And already caressed thoughts…

I’ve always been a wanderer, an adventurer in exploring and finding always new places: just let’s go, I’ll decide where later on…
When I was three, some old ladies found me walking in the middle of the village where we were spending the holidays; at the time of elementary and middle school, when we were spending Sundays with families outside the city, I always forced my friends to stop playing football to go hiking in the woods or surrounding hills instead.

Small Things

 (whiStrange Sunday, yesterday.

Slim and rare snowflakes that slowly try to stick around, put on a thin veil that then disappears and reappears, or create only glossy whiffles on the grey asphalt.

And so I take the car to wander without direction: the fantasy, the intuition or a song will decide it for me. It does not matter.

Mountains of Mine

The legs are struggling while I’m going uphill, but they know the way.
The muscles harden more and more but they will resist.
Short breath, crazy heartbeat, the altitude starts to make me feel sick.
There could be a thousand excuses, a thousand reasons to stop and go back, down to the valley, but I chose my destination and nothing can stop me now
A little bit more, I hold on.
The last effort and behind that pass I’ll be there.

Going Away is Different than Traveling

He was locked in his hotel room on the thirteenth floor.
The wide open windows let come in hot, suffocating air. A grey sky, as homogeneous and heavy layer over the city, made the whole situation even more overwhelming.
The constant noise of the aeration systems came up from the bottom of the inner courtyard.
Soon a constant and depressing drizzle would begin and last forever.
The television in the background showed just another talk-show. The phone switched off, the full ashtray on the window sill.