Wallpaper Monday

Manarola Italy

While all of Europe (and the US) lives in fear of Italy’s debt, it’s nice to be reminded that the nation is more than just a financial time bomb. It’s also a place where visitors can find scenes straight out of storybooks, such as this one of Manarola in the Cinque Terre.

When I embiggened this one, I noticed two things: first, the Agave americana bloom silhouetted against the sky, at a 45-degree angle on the far edge of the cliff. And second, the boat ramp, which is lined with what looks like log rollers — an ancient method of getting heavy objects up and down steep slopes. I’m guessing they’re not really logs, but the principle hasn’t changed.

Makes me want to get into a boat and see that agave bloom from the other side.


About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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5 Responses to Wallpaper Monday

  1. Joan says:

    First impression: beautiful. Second impression: the houses look “wrong”. Tilted. Check horizon — oops. Rotate pic (app 2.5° left), reload. Ah… much calmer impression now 🙂

    • oregon expat says:

      You’ve a good eye. The leveling tool is a photographer’s second best friend. (The best friend is the crop tool.)

      • Joan says:

        Aha, you’re into photography, too? Of course, being a “nerd”, why wouldn’t you? If you’re interested, I invite you to joanarling.wordpress.com (hello neighbour!), where I put some of my pics (Artistic License).

  2. Jackie Miller says:

    Didn’t you hear the news of the tremendous landslide caused by the heavy rains on the Cinque Terre? It makes me sick to think if the devastation this has caused to the people who live there and depend on tourism. I don’t know how much is true, but some reports say the train tunnels are caved in, the hiking trails are washed away, and mud has filled the lower floors of many buildings.The Cinque Terre WAS a most magical place. Sorry you didn’t get to see it at its best.

    • oregon expat says:

      There were apparently two different landslides causing issues. The first was last spring, missing the towns but hitting the hiking trail. The segment between Manarola and Corniglia was closed, and I’m not sure if it was reopened again later in the year.

      The October landslides devastated two of the towns: Vernazza and Monterosso al Mare. You’re correct, many of the buildings were filled with up to 12 feet of debris. The dig-out effort has been immense, but no one knows how much help the Italian government will be able to continue giving. Therefore, tourism is a lifeline that the towns are clinging to. Rick Steves has put out a bulletin strongly encouraging people to go spend some time there this year. Cinque Terre is still alive, but it needs help to stay that way.

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