Trame e colori autunnali

Monday October 29 - St. Honoratus of Vercelli

Even this year it looks like I won't be able to make a three/four days journey for the peak of foliage. So, for the fourth time in a month I'm having a daily drive to reach the Alps. In fact, even though I've plenty of mountains near home, they don't offer the spectacular explosion of colours as their elder sisters do. Also, today I'm giving myself the chance to explore the southern portion of the Marguareis Park, at the border with France, but on the italian side of the Alps.

Tavolozza autunnale.

Sony α6000 + FE 70-200mm F4 G OSS @ 131 mm, 1/250 sec @ ƒ/8, ISO 320, hand-held.

Paesaggio autunnale al Passo delle Fascette.

Sony α6000 + FE 70-200mm F4 G OSS @ 200 mm, 1/160 sec @ ƒ/8, -0.30 EV, ISO 200, hand-held.

Colori autunnali.

Sony α6000 + FE 70-200mm F4 G OSS @ 200 mm, 1/250 sec @ ƒ/8, -0.70 EV, ISO 320, hand-held.

The deep tiny canyons that are almost everywhere along the alpine arc create the conditions for chiaroscuro effects in full daylight, without having to wait for the late hours of the afternoon.

Chiaroscuro autunnale.

Sony α6000 + FE 70-200mm F4 G OSS @ 200 mm, 1/50 sec @ ƒ/8, ISO 100, hand-held.

Chiaroscuro autunnale.

Sony α6000 + FE 70-200mm F4 G OSS @ 200 mm, 1/60 sec @ ƒ/8, ISO 100, hand-held.

Paesaggio nei pressi del Passo delle Fascette.

Sony α6000 + FE 70-200mm F4 G OSS @ 108 mm, 1/100 sec @ ƒ/8, -0.70 EV, ISO 100, hand-held.

A curious phenomenon that I've never seen before in this season is the swarming of ants (I suppose) that are filling the canyon, with a backlighting that makes them look like a sort of a delicate snowfall.

Chiaroscuro autunnale.

Sony α6000 + FE 70-200mm F4 G OSS @ 200 mm, 1/400 sec @ ƒ/5.6, -0.30 EV, ISO 200, hand-held.

Some trees have already lost all, or almost all the foliage; their naked white branches still contribute to the imagery by creating patterns.

Trame autunnali.

Sony α6000 + FE 70-200mm F4 G OSS @ 113 mm, 1/100 sec @ ƒ/8, ISO 320, hand-held.

But fall is also a matter of flowers... even though they are hard to find. Crocus ligusticus is a wild variation of saffron (that cannot be eaten, being toxic) blooming from late summer to mid fall, in the mountains of my region and southern France.

More photos of the day are available in the diary.

Fiore di zafferano ligure (Crocus ligusticus).

Sony NEX-6 + Zenit Helios 44-2 58mm ƒ/2.0 @ 58 mm, 1/320 sec @ ƒ/2, +2.00 EV, ISO 100, hand-held.

Fiore di zafferano ligure (Crocus ligusticus).

Sony NEX-6 + Zenit Helios 44-2 58mm ƒ/2.0 @ 58 mm, 1/3200 sec @ ƒ/2, +0.70 EV, ISO 100, hand-held.