Black Tower


Black Tower

by Riccardo Masut


Camera: Nikon D750
 1/40 sec
Aperture: f/11
ISO: 100

The Tre Cime di Lavaredo , also called the Drei Zinnen , are three distinctive battlement-like peaks, in the Sexten Dolomites of northeastern Italy. They are probably one of the best-known mountain groups in the Alps. The three peaks, from east to west are Cima Piccola / Kleine Zinne (“little peak”), Cima Grande / Große Zinne (“big peak”) and Cima Ovest / Westliche Zinne (“western peak”).

The peaks are composed of well-layered dolostones of the Dolomia Principale (Hauptdolomit) formation, Carnian to Rhaetian in age, as are many other groups in the Dolomites (e.g., the Tofane, the Pelmo or the Cinque Torri).

Until 1919 the peaks formed part of the border between Italy and Austria. Now they lie on the border between the Italian provinces of South Tyrol and Belluno and still are a part of the linguistic boundary between German-speaking and Italian-speaking majorities. The Cima Grande has an elevation of 2,999 meters (9,839 ft). It stands between the Cima Piccola, at 2,857 meters (9,373 ft), and the Cima Ovest, at 2,973 meters (9,754 ft.).

I was on the road leading to the Three Peaks in January 2016, it was a cloudy day with temperatures of -20 C and winds up to 35km / h. Unfortunately, given the bad weather conditions we were unable to get to the Locatelli refuge, located below the three peaks. Going back almost at sunset I found this situation almost unreal. The strong wind lifted the snow and the clouds moved near the tops of the mountains. I did not wait long before I pull out my Nikon D750 and take the picture.

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