The Natural Summer Phenomenon Behind This Incredible Photo

Carmine Chiriaco photo
Since we’re in the middle of summer in North America, our minds are consumed with travel. Whether it’s planning a trip to visit favorite destinations while the weather’s warm or indulging our wanderlust by scrolling through our bookmarked feed of travel photos, we’re currently very distracted by dreams of traveling the world. Our Content Team spent this month interviewing photographers to get the story behind some fantastic travel shots. Here, Content Editor, Alejandro Santiago caught up with Carmine Chiriaco, a self-taught photographer based in Rome, on his photo “The Storm.”
Carmine Chiriaco photo Castelluccio

Where were you when you took this photo?
The photo was taken in Castelluccio di Norcia, a little town in the center of Italy.

What inspired you about this location?
Between the end of May and mid-July, an incredible natural event happens in the valley of Castelluccio hills, called “La Fioritura” (the flowering), where dozens of flower species bloom and decorate the earth. The land is usually grassland during the majority of the year, but during this event, the valley is colored in bright yellows, violets, and reds. It’s an event that attracts many national and international photographers each year.


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