The Maira Valley (Val Màira in Piedmontese) is an alpine valley in the province of Cuneo, taking its name from the Maira stream that runs through its length.
The valley is bordered to the north by the Varaita valley, which runs parallel; to the south it borders in the lower valley with the Grana valley and in the upper valley with the Stura di Demonte valley; to the west it borders with France and to the east it has its outlet on the Po valley. It is about 45 km long and is cut in half by the stream that gives it its name: the Maira.
The Gardetta Plateau.
The Gardetta Plateau is situated at the intersection of three valleys, is a vast landscape featuring a host of geological-naturalistic phenomena.
The rocks in this area tell of the ancient presence of volcanoes, rivers, beaches, lagoons, coasts and seas. The recent discovery of a dinosaur footprint has increased even further the geological importance of this site positioned at the foot of Rocca la Meja. The plateau is accessible in late Spring and summer, preferably from the Comune of Canosio in the Maira Valley and is ideal for walking . From here, you can set off on a range of hikes of varying levels, on foot or by mtb and on the numerous climbing trails on Rocca la Meja.
From my vegetable garden
From my vegetable garden series – the pepper –
The series “From my vegetable garden” shows the vegetables coming from my little vegetable garden located in Granarolo Genova. In the picture a red pepper.
The bell pepper (also known as sweet pepper) is the fruit of plants in the Grossum cultivar group of the species Capsicum annuum.Cultivars of the plant produce fruits in different colors, including red, yellow, orange, green, white, and purple. Bell peppers are sometimes grouped with less pungent chili varieties as “sweet peppers”. While they are fruits—botanically classified as berries—they are commonly used as a vegetable ingredient or side dish. The fruits of the Capsicum genus are categorized as chili peppers.
The name pepper was given by Europeans when Christopher Columbus brought the plant back to Europe. At that time, black pepper (peppercorns), from the unrelated plant Piper nigrum originating from India, was a highly prized condiment. The name pepper was applied in Europe to all known spices with a hot and pungent taste and was therefore extended to genus Capsicum when it was introduced from the Americas. The most commonly used name of the plant family, chile, is of Mexican origin, from the Nahuatl word chilli.
Looking at seasonality, I’m working together with Valentina and “il Bepi”.
Dragonfly close up
Dragonfly close up image. A dragonfly is an insect belonging to the order Odonata, infraorder Anisoptera (from Greek ἄνισος anisos, “unequal” and πτερόν pteron, “wing”, because the hindwing is broader than the forewing). Adult dragonflies are characterized by large, multifaceted eyes, two pairs of strong, transparent wings, sometimes with coloured patches, and an elongated body. Dragonflies can be mistaken for the related group, damselflies (Zygoptera), which are similar in structure, though usually lighter in build; however, the wings of most dragonflies are held flat and away from the body, while damselflies hold their wings folded at rest, along or above the abdomen. Dragonflies are agile fliers, while damselflies have a weaker, fluttery flight. Many dragonflies have brilliant iridescent or metallic colours produced by structural colouration, making them conspicuous in flight. An adult dragonfly’s compound eyes have nearly 24,000 ommatidia each. (Wikipedia)