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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cornejo (33958) 2014-06-05 8:57
Hi Rosemary, Great view of this unique villa on the hill, very well composed and captured by a great pov, in this great and beautiful photography. An interesting image of a beautiful landscape with good sharpness, good light, color and quality. A great job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good afternoon and happy weekend.
Best wishes from southern Spain.
lousat (79772) 2014-06-05 9:01
Waaw! Our frien Silvio will be jealous of your pic....ehehe..absolutely beautiful the choice of point of view and the moment of the year too,with this fresh green carpet under the snowy mountains,spectacular lights,colors and great 3D effect too,i like it!! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
Noel_Byrne (26101) 2014-06-05 9:23
a stunning landscape without doubt and you know, despite there being snow instead of sand and mountains instead of dunes, I once again see your unique mark in this image. You have a beautiful talent for landscape and this is a shining example
thanks as always
Romano46 (18472) 2014-06-05 9:44
vedo che non hai saputo resistere al fascino di Castelluccio di Norciae sei stata anche fortunata perchè ci sei andata in una giornata particolarmente favoreevole nella quale il verde della piana contrastava in maniera eccellente con le cime delle montagne innevbate che la circondano.
Lo stesso cielo nuvoloso ha aiuitato a creare una particolare atmosfera per l'alternarsi di luce e di ombra.
La composizione è perfetta, così come la gestione della luce.
Una foto che fa concorrenza a quelle famose di Silvio.
Ciao e buona serata
Silvio1953 (126762) 2014-06-05 10:05
Ciao Rosemary, thanks for this nice surprise, fantastic light on my Castelluccio, a lot of snow on mountains, amazing landscape, magic atmosphere and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, I like a lot, brava, ciao Silvio
chawax (19566) 2014-06-05 10:52
A very beautiful landscape with great spring / winter contrasts. Exposure is excellent, sharpness is perfect, very good details in the cloudy sky too. The village on the hill is a good attractive point to the picture. Maybe the foreground is a little empty despite the yellow flowers. It would have been better again with someting there.
photographer_sg (4410) 2014-06-05 11:04
this is a really gorgeous landscape with superb framing and exquisite play on the light and shadows. I really envy the people who stay in the villa on the hill! Excellent sharpness and lovely natural colours.
Thanks for sharing and enjoy your evening.
mesutilgim (87272) 2014-06-05 11:11
Very nice landscape capture from Umbria well composed.
The game of lights on hilltop and fields is great.
TFS and best regards
HimalAnda (10003) 2014-06-05 11:50
What a beautiful light! I like the different parts of the picture, some of them litten by the sun, the others in the shadow.
Hansaphotos (7145) 2014-06-05 12:23
What a great scenery. The plain with its yellow flowers makes a lovely foreground for this beautiful landscape shot. The lighting is very nice and the majestic, snow covered mountains creates an excellent backdrop for the scene. Beautiful! Thanks.
Have a nice evening.
dta (69424) 2014-06-05 12:50
Hello Rosemary ,
It allways a plesure to see view from Castelluccio / Our firnd Silvio has offered to us many wonderful ones . This is trully a unique place , that everyone of us want to visit one day .
Your first capture is really fantastic , with amazing light conditions , and a superb mix of spring and winter . The composition is just perfect .
miumiu (6113) 2014-06-05 13:03
l like the colours of your photo. The POV is perfect.
The high mountains are wonderful. The village look so little on the top of the hill. Very nice!
carlo62 (36065) 2014-06-05 13:59
il nostro Silvio sarà orgoglioso di aver esportato questa meraviglia.
Sembrano due stagioni in una unica foto, i fiori e il verde dei prati che contrasta con la neve e le nubi, fantastico. Gran bella luce, brava.
chrislo (4155) 2014-06-05 14:35
I'm so envious you were able to stand there and gaze upon such a spectacular setting. You had a wonderful viewpoint to show not only the village but also the fields in blossom and the snowy mountain range. I especially like the way the diagonals from each side lead the eye right to the village. The play of light and shadow enhances the visual appeal of this beautiful picture. Very nicely done.
photoray (12968) 2014-06-05 16:52
Fine landscape panorama, with the field foreground, hill top medieval Castelluccio di Norcia, and the dominant snow dusted Apennines background.
Certainly a different Italy from the main historical cities, and inviting to explore.
Thanks for sharing,
jjcordier (77816) 2014-06-05 22:22
Te voilà sur les terres de Silvio! Je crois qu'il va être jaloux de la magnifique photo de sa ville préférée que tu as réalisée.
rbassin (19165) 2014-06-05 23:49
C'est une superbe photo de Castelluccio,le paysage est vraiment magnifique
Royaldevon (31763) 2014-06-06 0:28
A budding Italian, I see!
This has a real feel for the landscape, eager to a give composition which fits the strongly contrasting areas snuggly into one image. I love the journey from the meadows to the snowy mountain tops, with a pleasant stop at the village, along the way.
Have a great day,
emka (82506) 2014-06-06 1:23
Hello Rosemary, We have seen many wonderful Silvio's photos from this place and this one is magnificent. Silvio will be very happy to see it and tge nice dedication. Have you met him? Every year I promise myself I will go to Castelluccio, but then I go somewhere else. Simply gorgeous composition, colours, and so on.
WArm regrads MAlgo
snunney (87242) 2014-06-06 3:01
The point of view is really superb. You have composed the shot well with the curving road making an excellent lead-line toward the village and snow-capped mountains. A delightful landscape beautifully presented.
Angshu (56406) 2014-06-06 3:13
Hello dear Rosemary
Marvellous picture! The village is so beautiful, nestling on top of the hill with the snow capped mountains in the BG. What I also loved is the FG, where the yellow flowers seem to glow thanks to the sunlight which seems to have broken through the clouds. Superb work!
timecapturer (49288) 2014-06-06 3:29
bet you are pleased with this one eh? I know I would be. It is an absolutely stunning piece of landscape imagery everything is just perfect and the Gods smiled down on you too, as the light is glorious too! Awesome work!
Have a great weekend - B.
this one should be a compulsory view full size image!
trevormoffiet (3112) 2014-06-06 3:38
What a fantastic landscape image. Well-captured and presented. Love the light and shade, the fields leading to foothills with the village and then the snow covered mountains with low clouds. Fabulous.
Sergiom (63901) 2014-06-06 5:49
Un bel hommage à notre ami Silvio. Typique de son genre de composition. Quel beau paysage avec son village au sommet de la colline et les montagnes enneigées à l'arrière plan.
macondo (18623) 2014-06-06 6:22
Very well rendered landscape shot with dramatic shadows and areas of gentle sunshine, and breathtaking spaciousness. What a beautiful valley. Thoughtfully dedicated to Silvio.
Nicou (126216) 2014-06-06 7:53
quel décor et iamge fantastique avec le champs en fleur et la neige sur les sommet et ce village sur la colline sueprbe photo merveilleux, bravo.
rychem (25826) 2014-06-06 8:42
that is right, it is a fantastic place, great lokation of the town and fantastic lightm very well composed and presented
ktanska (25301) 2014-06-06 12:03
The light is just fantastic, with sun and shade alternating. Spring flowers add colour to foreground and thin layer of snow on the mountains makes background interesting.
annjackman (20371) 2014-06-07 0:12
Wow - this is exceptional. You seem to have everything here with the sunlight, snow and a splendid hilltop village. I wonder how long you waited for the right moment to take this. This is a place that I would love to visit.
Kind Regards, Ann
Didi (58042) 2014-06-07 2:43
Very nice view on the old village with the mountains on background
jemaflor (87291) 2014-06-07 8:54
Great landscape well presented, interesting effect with the contrast between light and sades, well managed, tfs.
abmdsudi (44964) 2014-06-08 8:40
A breath taking and standout wide view and a tremendous feel of depth we've got here filled by the wonderful rich green & yellow and the lovely snow mountains framing the bg. I feel the dash of warm light and gentle shadows across have extremely vitalised heightening the total beauty making lots of diff than ordinary shot. The recognisable brightly dwellings are beautifully placed and so important to the composition as good scale reference, indeed a wonderful landscape, great in tones, clarity and contrast. Definitely worth your trip and effort. What a delight! and tfs
Kielia (23993) 2014-06-08 9:45
this is nature seen with the eyes of an artist. Excellent management of the light and very fascinating colors. The composition is also excellent. My compliments also for the notes and the Kind dedication to our friend Silvio!
Gigidusud (17277) 2014-06-08 15:54
Wow! A splendid version of Castelluccio with a spring FG and the snowy mountains on BG. A fantastic light, great depth and excellent POV. A great dedicace for our friend Silvio!
Have a nice week.
mvdisco (17784) 2014-06-08 16:37
Beautiful landscape and composition,
Beautiful contrast and light,
great colours and details,
very well done..
mkamionka (31457) 2014-06-09 6:13
what a beautiful scenery! I like the several layers of the composition here with the flat foreground, green hills and finally snow covered tops. Very nice play of the light and shadow. It does resemble the photos by Silvio indeed. It looks like you have half photo spring and another half winter. As if using "graduate winter filter".
rogerl (1544) 2014-06-09 7:14
Rosemary, what a beautiful shot! Interesting light, with the mix of shade and filtered sun on the ground; the town on the hill provides a great focal point.
How's Italy treating you?
CLODO (31098) 2014-06-09 10:54
You had a perfect guide and the weather was stunning to have sunshine and shadows due to clouds, giving the sense of third dimension to your picture. The small village on the hill contemplates the snowy peaks whereas it is spring in the valley with the buttercups in the meadows.
krzychu30 (15510) 2014-06-10 0:26
What a wonderful landscape Rosemary!
Definitely a view,which do not leave anyone indifferent.
All these different "layers"of the image are really lovely-from yellow flowers in the FG till snow covered mountains in the far distance.
Have a nice day
fotka (3765) 2014-06-10 6:44
Wow, this is very beautiful landscape photo. In the FG already spring time with the yellow flowers blossom and in the BG high mountains still covered with the snow. I like how they locate the villages on the top of the hills.
Great quality photo with perfect colors, light and sharpness.
delpeoples (54083) 2014-06-10 17:46
Ciao cara Rosemary
A beautiful dedication to our King of Castelluccio, the great Silvio. Did you meet him?
Stunning depth, sharpness and chromatic rendering. These plains are a wonder of the world, truly breathtaking and must be even more so in reality. You make me want to jump on the plane to Bella Italia tonight!
macjake (58782) 2014-06-11 7:09
great to see your photos from Italy, its funny b/c we visited so many of the same places...like your photo from Vernaza :)
But we didn't visit this area though, did you meet up with Silvio at all?
lovely photo Rosemary. The mountain scape in the bg really caps it off beautifully. and the light striking the landscape is exactly what you could hope for.
well shot, deserving of all the attention its getting.
siudzi (34119) 2014-06-13 14:40
Wow! What a scene! Absolutely impressive one due to the perfectly executed composition with beautiful layers, colors and details. Love it! Excellent image.
- Copyright: Rosemary Walden (SnapRJW) (31621)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-05-17
- Categories: Nature
- Exposure: f/22, 1/250 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Les plus beaux paysages du monde ... suite . [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2014-06-05 8:07