Recently, when I was fortunate enough to join two shepherds and two flocks (one of sheep, one of goats) up in the mountains of the Parco Nazionale della Majella of Abruzzo. I wasn’t sure what to expect or what would stand out, so I just made sure I had my camera ready for “whatever”. I also worked to be quick on my feet. Following a flock on the move and capturing a unique perspective can be a bit of a challenge.
In this photo, which I have entitled A Dog’s Vigilance, I was fortunate to capture an unexpected “stand out” moment. I was trying to stay ahead of the flock of goats and capture their wonderful faces. And, there in the middle of the flock, was this amazing canine face. This fella definitely was on full alert, making sure his charges stayed on course. I love seeing how his ears and eyes communicate alertness and awareness. He also was keeping an eye on me to make sure I didn’t step out of line.
This experience was made possible by Abruzzo’s organic La Porta dei Parchi agriturismo, run by Nunzio Marcelli
Of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t also credit my dear friend Novelia Giannantonio, who lives with her delightful husband Peppe, nearby in Sulmona. Novelia knows everyone. And, she orchestrated my day on the mountain with the sheep, goats, and shepherds. I urge you to include Sulmona on your Italy itinerary.
Another wonderful resource, which covers so many things about Sulmona (including other options for accommodations) is WelcomeToSulmona.com. It’s the best English language resource guide to Sulmona.