Wild Crocuses Everywhere!

If you click on this picture, it’ll bring up a big version and you’ll be able to see more clearly the white crocuses dotted all over the field. There were wild crocuses (plural of crocus can be either crocuses or croci) everywhere in the Sudtirol at Easter. The thing I really wanted to discover about the croci was why are they mostly white? Perhaps 2% or so (that’s not based on scientific research) of the croci were purple but most of them were white. Sadly, I’ve not been able to discover why that is. Maybe you might know and coud tell me in the comments.

Anyway, on the Saturday before Easter, we took a chair lift up a mountain- where we were astonished to discover people still skiing- and then we took a leisurely stroll back down. It was glorious; the views of the Venosta/Vinschgau were just wonderful. You know I had my camera with me….

At the top of the chair lift, we bumped into one of the staff from our family-run hotel. During the day she works in a different restaurant in the ski area. She takes a chair lift to the top of the mountain, skis down to the resto to work (see, she has her handbag over her shoulder?) and then, at the end of her shift, skis down the mountain to her car in the car park. That’s a lifestyle for you.

An Alpine ski restaurant. Well, it’s not a ski resto in Summer but you know what I mean.

This way, that way. 

The way down.

The view over the Venosta Valley, looking to the Stilfser Joch. Low cloud day.

Looking towards (I think) the village of Planol/Planeil and the Langtaufer Tal.

Under the chair lift.

And, at the bottom. (Well, nearly) What a beautiful place the S├╝dtirol is. I’m so lucky to live so close to so many gorgeous sights.