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Eric Fichtl

Italy

<p>Sunlight slices through forests beneath the Odle peaks.</p>
<p>Morning sun illuminates some slopes on Sas de Pütia. <br /></p>
<p>Scenery along a trail toward Crusc and other peaks in the Dolomites.</p>
<p>A pair of hikers heading toward the Sas de Pütia / Peitlerkofel peak, visible during a brief clearing in the mists and clouds that were whipping around up there. </p>
<p>Trees peek through the mist in Val di Funes – a great welcome for a day of hiking!<br /></p>
<p>A view over the Val di Funes toward the famous Odle group of peaks in the Dolomites.<br /></p>
<p>A trail near Plose invites exploration.</p>

<p>A streetlight works wonders on an old wall.</p>
<p>A group enjoying a spot of window shopping on a quiet night in Bressanone.</p>
<p>In the local Ladin language, these peaks are called Odle (needles), which does describe their steep, sharp peaks – here partly obscured by clustering clouds.</p>
<p>Signs of life at a storefront that's seen better days.</p>

<p>Teenage prank? Threat? A black handprint on a wall raises unfortunate allusions to the old <em>mano nera</em> extortion tactics.</p>
<p>A miniature still-life scene found in a forest in the Dolomites.</p>
<p>A scene along a trail in the Isarco valley, near Sciaves / Schabs.</p>
<p>A cyclist passes a stationary cycle. </p>
<p>A telephoto shot of the Odle group, some of the signature jagged peaks of the Dolomites. The cloud formations that whip through these teeth are a spectacle to behold.</p>
<p>From a narrow trail, a view southward toward the Odle group of peaks and beyond.</p>
<p>The spiral staircase of a modern flat takes on a different air by night.</p>
<p>A night scene in Bressanone / Brixen.</p>
<p>A view of the Sas de Pütia / Peitlerkofel peak from a bit down-valley. </p>
<p>Greenhouses form an abstract pattern in a valley more than a stone's throw away.</p>
<p>A cosy interior but no one to enjoy it.</p>
<p>A miniature forest grows in a tree stump that resembles the jutting peaks of the Dolomites, where this photo was taken.<br /></p>
<p>An angular modern house plays with the slope of its plot near Bressanone. The large front windows overlook vineyards.</p>
<p>An impressive amount of sass from two minimalist mannequins.</p>
<p>A telephoto shot of the face of some of the lesser Dolomite peaks, with the Odle group in the distance.</p>
<p>A view of the Dolomites from the Alta Via Dolomiti trail, near Villnöß. </p>
<p>Peaks pile up in a view from Plose down the Val Isarco.</p>
<p>Morning mist hangs in the trees of the Val di Funes.<br /></p>
<p>An ochre wall catches the morning sun.</p>