One cannot think of Tuscany without thinking of the magnificent cypress tree, so quintessential and symbolic of the Tuscan landscape that it has adopted the name of "The Tuscan Cypress Tree”. Although this is a fitting name, it is incorrect as its real place of origin was almost certainly Persia or Syria and was brought to the Tuscan area by the mysterious Etruscan tribes-people many thousands of years ago who considered the plant to have mystical/supernatural connections.
It is a tree that can survive for up to 2,000 years or more, and while deciduous trees would lose their leaves in the winter, the cypress trees retained theirs- rendering it supernatural in the eyes of the early tribes-people.
To such an extent was this supernatural connotation that the Etruscans chose to plant the tree around their sacred Necropolis (burial grounds), they believed that the supernatural powers and strong, fragrant essential oils could ward off the demons and even the smell of death itself thus ensuring a safe passage into the afterlife. The fragrant wood of the cypress tree, being rich in resinous essential oils takes many years to decompose, rendering it ideal for coffins and sarcophagi. In fact the wood is so strongly scented that the tree was planted around the houses, churches and cemeteries in Tuscany as people believed that the air was "freshened" by the tree, giving rise to the quintessential "Tuscan landscape" that we hold as being typical of the area.
Here is a larger version
This photograph is copyright of Rosemary Walden - © Rosemary Walden 2014. All rights reserved. Any redistribution or reproduction of the image in any form is prohibited. You may not, except with my express written permission, copy, reproduce, download, distribute or exploit the content. Nor may you transmit it or store it in any other website or other form of electronic retrieval system
Critiques | Translate
Kielia (24077) 2014-07-01 3:01
your landscape of Tuscany - including the pine trees - is fantastic. The hills and green colors are a feast for the eyes. The lonely road and the trees are placed perfectly to create a wonderful composition. I also like the play of shadows and light. My compliments also for the notes!
trevormoffiet (3112) 2014-07-01 3:09
I love this style of composition where we are led by a road into the depths of the image. A truly great landscape with lovely rich colours. The dominant cypress trees in the foreground make a nice introduction to the landscape beyond.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-07-01 4:27
you must be pleased with this series of Italian gems. They are exquisite picture postcard quality and oh so beautiful. I think you have captured the mood and serenity of the Tuscany landscape so artistically and perfectly. Love this one - well I love them all actually.
Giustiniani (3632) 2014-07-01 5:37
une belle composition mise en valeur par une belle lumière et de jolies couleurs. Une superbe photo.
Sergiom (79755) 2014-07-01 5:41
Le point de vue donne très envie de suivre ce petit chemin dans la campagne italienne. Que c'est beau. Un cadrage intéressant avec cet arbre en plein centre. Que de beaux nuages.
dkmurphys (58789) 2014-07-01 7:42
Another superb capture from that dreamland. After Sicily, I guess this is the most beautiful part of Italy.
Nicou (142210) 2014-07-01 7:44
quelle vue et cyprès superb eiamge et compo quel point qui a penché au vent sueprbe iamge et cpatage avec la vue sur la campagne et ce merveilleux ciel.
Bravo et amitié
COSTANTINO (65290) 2014-07-01 8:37
this shot is not only a pretty shot
it is a real dream with a dynamic sky
a truly great landscape with lovely
rich colors you have captured this
have a nice time
macjake (67814) 2014-07-01 9:17
well, that sounds like one hell of a powerful and mystical tree :)
did you find the air was 'freshened' by these trees?
amazing to hear that they can live for 2000 years! wow
i'll say it again, love the clouds, they give the sense of false movement and really do make a strong impact on the scene. you couldn't have picked a better day.
enjoy your summer day
emka (97717) 2014-07-01 11:08
Hi Rosemary, Yes, when I see cypresses (and also pinias) I think about Italy. And this shot is just the quintessence of Tuscany - with rolling hills, curvy road and cypresses. marvelous shot, and the light is just fabulous. I saw mainly cities, had no opportunity to such a landscape. I must go another time :)/
WArm regrads Malgo
Noel_Byrne (31136) 2014-07-01 12:18
Tanks for the excellent note, and the exquisite picture to visualise it. I can see how these were considered immortal. In the shot you have and under this light, there is an almost otherworldly status to them, standing here against the beautiful 3d sky, they look very proud and very majestic. This is a very beautiful scene.
Thanks as always
jjcordier (79297) 2014-07-01 13:21
Très belle photo de ce paysage toscan et de ses fameux cyprès. Excellente lumière et beau ciel.
carlo62 (48357) 2014-07-01 14:51
hai ragione, questo è proprio il tipico paesaggio toscano, pur abitandoci, non mi stanco mai di osservarlo.
Bella composizione, molto equilibrata, con i cipressi più grandi decentrati per dare spazio al panorama. C'è una bella luce e il cielo nuvoloso è splendido, con le ombre delle nuvole che modellano le colline.
PS si, la zona di Bolsena è molto bella e tranquilla, soprattutto a inizio ottobre, quando le giornate sono ancora belle e i turisti se ne stanno a casa.
jemaflor (97333) 2014-07-01 23:09
So beautiful colors and light for this well composed landscape, good effect with tree and road, tfs.
CLODO (34218) 2014-07-02 5:38
We wander on the path snaking in the meadows to visit the many cypress and discover the white village hidden in the hill. Fabulous spotted sky, and a clear day so we can see the mountains in the far background.
holmertz (52804) 2014-07-02 6:32
Your very interesting note makes the cultural significance of these trees even stronger than the beauty they add to the composition. The nearest ones are very well placed and we can see the narrow road disappearing behind them and continuing down the valley. The nicely shaped clouds create a lively pattern of shadows along the gently undulating green hills. This is a beautiful and very emblematic Italian rural scenery and a well taken photo with strong colours.
tyro (24842) 2014-07-02 12:27
A very interesting note and one from which I can now deduce why cypress trees are associated with cemeteries and burial grounds here in Britain too.
A beautiful landscape photograph which is perfectly composed with the pair of tall cypresses perfectly placed in the frame against a most glorious and interesting sky and with the road leading us past them and onward into the distance through rolling pastures illuminated in the most delicious warm sunshine. And technically perfect too!
dekanski (5273) 2014-07-03 4:33
HimalAnda (10667) 2014-07-03 11:36
I like the composition with that road which looks like a snake going into the landscape.
The colors are very nice, saturated as I like.
jcpix (13930) 2014-07-03 19:38
Ahhh, once again...you've captured the essence and spirit of the region. You certainly couldn't have asked for a better sky to compliment the scenery either, the array of clouds only works to enhance the atmosphere of this wide open landscape. Not only that, but the way the sunlight is dispersed throughout the scene is spectacular. You were certainly blessed with the right elements on this day, and did a super job in putting together and presenting a traditional Tuscan scene...and who wouldn't want to visit a place like this? :) Beautiful! Enjoy the new day. All the best.
Cricri (119541) 2014-07-04 6:29
J'aime ce chemin qui s'enfui dans la vallée, bien cadrer aves les arbres, un paysage vallonné ou joue une merveilleuse lumière, un ciel dynamique, bien capturer, très belle présentation
Hansaphotos (8081) 2014-07-05 3:05
Excellent landscape shot. I love the simplicity in this fine composition. The sky and the cloud formations has a great visual impact, giving a various lighting and bringing more life to the scene. Lovely shot! Thanks.
Silvio1953 (143278) 2014-07-05 22:47
Ciao Rosemary, fascinating landscape, great perspective, wonderful colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio
Ninello52 (7576) 2014-07-06 14:02
Che bella foto!! Bravissima!! Bellissimo il verde del paesaggio, bello anche il cielo, fantastica la definizione che esalta la bellezza dei dettagli del paesaggio!
Glint (6171) 2014-07-06 15:35
this is a beautiful image. Love its luminosity and that big cloud filled sky. Nicely composed making use of a cypress to mark the thirds line. We can trace the line of the lane in the wayside trees and lie of the land. I like the little wild wayside flowers in the fg and the way the sunlight picks them out.