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Valerio Friday, 28 October 2016

How is it possible not to fall in love with these mountains?

The Dolomites are all about the joy of new and old love
How is it possible not to fall in love with these mountains?
 
 
 
In effect all colours imaginable had grouped in this dolomite display as if to represent the moment of infinity, a sensation which I had never encoutereed before. How is it possible not to fall in love with these mountains? I say these words as a man who comes from the sea, from an island life.
Once, while out walking of a morning, I saw the sun reflecting off the mountains. There was the most amazing canvas before my eyes, it composed of red, of orange, of pink, all these colours on a grey background. Then I stopped and looked again and the colours had multiplied and there was green and purple too, light blue, dark blue, and a black blacker than can be. Not to forget the presence of white, that lovely soft white which envelops you as you fall asleep of a night. In effect all colours imaginable had grouped in this dolomite display as if to represent the moment of infinity, a sensation which I had never encoutereed before. How is it possible not to fall in love with these mountains? I say these words as a man who comes from the sea, from an island life. Yet. I recognise that these mountains are capable of making an indelibe mark on you, just like a tatto which will stay with you for ever. I have heard speak of the facination of Africa, a fascination for the noble continent which once you have experienced will never ever leave you. Now I have a similar fascination for the Dolomites, a sensation which is uplifting, tender on heart and cheek alike, as if a mischievious relationship had been courted with an unknown. Strange it is but these mountains which were born in a time long long ago, remote from our conception of time and space, and which have emerged from the sea to now touch the sky have indeed conquered me. It is as if there is a union of Tethys, Gaia and Uranus dancing merrily in the sky above. The Dolomites tell a tale of love in old and new guise. I think of their silent and mystical paths, their water which runs freely, snow which falls gaily, torrents which freeze magically, the whistling wind and the pounding rain, the beating sun, and above all the sunsets which light the sky in a sudden thrust of energy which pings right through to your heart for you know you can see such spectacle only here in these blessed mountains, a spectacle then giving way to a starry starry night which heightens your senses to the extreme. And as in all love there is the heartbreak, the memory of the First World War and the dreaded trenches which took the lives of so many and even though only a hundred years ago we tend to forget, immersed as we are in the dullness of our daily chores. To truly appreciate the Dolomites, to understand their majesty and grace, to know the true love of love, you must live them to the full and find the time to experience them and to accept that they are the true force and to put aside any sense of arrogance and misconception that we as man are the dominant force of nature. In so doing there is the opportunity to appreciate the real meaning of eternity and attempt to be part of the harmony these mountains sing out, part of the natural world they evoke as they move stealthily from season to season and offer us a spiritual dimension. It is true. At times I can cast my eye from valley to valley and feel serence as can be for in this world which sometimes deludes me and seems to have outworn its welcome and usefulness I find in these rocks a spiritual home which has all to do with beauty, silence, love and peace.

Valerio
 
 
 
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