The “La Curta” underground courseway escalators in Ortisei, Val Gardena are the easiest way to get from the town centre to the higher Seceda cablecar. The Seceda takes thousands of skiers every year to the famous slopes of the Italian Dolomites skiing areas St. Christina and Selva Wolkenstein.
This includes the Sella Ronda which is a circular ski tour of the villages around the Dolomites with stunning views and easily negotiable by intermediate skiers. It is possible to travel clockwise or counter-clockwise following well marked routes and great way of spending a morning.
It is also the ideal way for hikers to save their legs for walking in the higher meadows, providing great views over the valley with a chance of some interesting flora and fauna. Alpine choughs are common, but there are chances of a glimpse of deer, fox or marmot and if really lucky maybe even a rare eagle-owl. Alder, sycamore, birch and juniper bushes are attractive habitats for many songbirds including redstart, lark and titmice.
Today however “La Curta” is the unlikely highlight. I feel it is both strangely attractive and very interesting. In this image it almost appears like an art deco print. I hope you also see it but this is the essence of photography, personal expression and finding something of interest in everyday scenes and items. Maybe attempting to depict them in an unusual manner, this however was exactly how it appeared.
The symmetry and colour of the underground elevator system has surprising aesthetic appeal and I love how it converges into the distance. Beauty maybe in the eye of the beholder, but it is beautiful to my eye.