There are some particularly heavy weeks that never seem to end. On these occasions the weekend comes particularly welcome, an opportunity to put aside the daily stress.
For me last weekend started on Saturday evening, when I decided to go for a ride in the surroundings of Forno Alpi Graie (the last inhabited center going up the Val Grande) to see if I could photograph some ungulates. Andrea, called 'lynx eye ', with whom you met in one of my previous posts, accompanied me.
We arrive at the wooden bridge at the foot of the long staircase leading to the sanctuary. Apart from the usual, but always welcome, roe deers, we didn't see any wildlife but suddenly we hear the sound of a broken branch. We look up and see a herd of about twenty ibex descending the slope, among them there are specimens of considerable tonnage and endowed with imposing horns.
This is the period of the year when the ibex descend in altitude to take advantage of the tender buds and the very green spring grass. When we also see an alpine hare fleeing into the woods, I begin to think that Andrea is really a kind of lucky charm!
The next day I get up early because I have planned a trekking to Gias del Colombin, at 1.666 meters above sea level. It is an easy walk (from Forno to my destination there are about 450 meters in altitude) but interesting and ideal to gradually get back into the form after a fairly sedentary winter.
During the trekking I did a quick stop to photograph the Rio Colombin waterfalls. Just above the waterfalls the forest ends and the typical alpine prairie begins. After a few minutes I arrive at the huts, take off my backpack and take a look at the view. Apart from a distant ibex there is not a living soul ... a sense of peace and serenity envelops me. Sensations that only the mountains can give. It's time to get back to the daily routine, I just needed this breath of fresh air!