Passages allow entering the unknown, but not always they lead to somewhere else. This is the case of Sardegna sacred water wells, built by natives around 3,0000 years ago at protection of water sources. Passages can also split what is aside, like San Marco cape: on one side the always calm Mare Morto (dead sea), on the other side the waves of the open sea. Or passages may indeed lead to the other side, but just to let you enjoy the panorama in between. Click each picture to zoom in.
This photo series is part of the reportage Ichnusa.
Ichnusa was the Latin name for Sardegna, the second-largest Mediterranean island after Sicily. For its position in Mare nostrum and for the thousands of prehistoric towers adorning its shores and flat-lands (aka nuraghe), Sardegna was suggested to be home to the mythical civilization of Atlantis.
Today Sardegna is one of the most attractive summer destinations in Europe. But there is more than waves and sand. Sardegna was the crossroad for Nuragic, Phoenician (Punic) and Latin civilizations: remains of these times are well preserved through the island. Spanish (Catalan) influences are still strong in the architecture of west-coast cities. Marine sanctuaries are rich in flora and fauna biodiversity (as already documented here, here and here). Last but not least, industrial and megalithic archeology sites invite the exploration of this island also far from the coastal line.
Ichnusa is the title of this new ARTBorghi photo-reportage, after the positive experience of Japan of mine previously on this blog. Enjoy Ichnusa and its treasures in the upcoming weeks! Pictures shot by Lorenzo Borghi, edited together with Maria Francesca.
Surprisingly no queues at Mythenquai lido!
Quickly through the changing rooms …
… lockers locked …
The lake is just ahead!
For food and refreshments …
… showers …
… and playgrounds …
… we will come back next year.
Pictures shot at the Strandbad Myhtenquai, Zurich, off season, still open for a pleasurable morning stroll. Click to zoom in each picture.
Rhizostoma pulmo: the largest Mediterranean jellyfish (up to 10 Kg)
A baby Pinna nobilis. This marine bivalve mollusc can grow up to 1.2 m long
Echinaster sepositus: the arms of this Mediterranean sea star fish are up to 20 cm
Actinia viridis: a snake-locks anemone with 8 cm long tentacles
Octopus vulgaris: hidden in its lair, the piovra can be up to 1 m long.
“Ode to the Sea” shot off shore between Pistis and Porto Conte, Sardegna, Italy with Olympus TG-1. Click to zoom in and appreciate every scale and tentacle.