Photographer's Note

My preference is for country life rather than city life and it was the Italian landscapes and gardens that prompted me to visit the country. I was totally captivated by the landscapes of Tuscany and Umbria and while this stand of trees has been photographed many times over I had to see them and photograph them for myself. We hired a car in Lucca and drove down to the Val d’Orcia.

This exact spot was marked on the map I had created and uploaded to our gps and was a ‘dreamscape’ for me. My husband couldn’t understand what the attraction of a clump of trees was photographically but to me it speaks eloquently of the Tuscan landscape.

The symbols of the Val d'Orcia are the cypress-trees that dot the countryside. More than any other the cypress tree has become a symbol of the Val d'Orcia. Since ancient times it has been highly considered: it was worshipped by the Phoenicians who believed it represented the eternal flame, used by the Etruscans to adorn tombs, in the Book of Genesis it is the wood used to build Noah’s Ark, ancient Rome considered it a sacred tree and used the wood to sculpt religious figures destined to last for eternity, an example of this is the statue of Jupiter in the Campidoglio in Rome.

The cypress is now present throughout the Mediterranean basin.

These Cypress trees are situated between Montalcino and San Quirico d'Orcia.

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  • Copyright: Rosemary Walden (SnapRJW) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2818 W: 85 N: 6957] (31629)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2014-05-10
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: f/16, 1/80 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2014-05-30 1:09
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