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PHOTOGRAPHIC AND NATURALISTIC EXHIBITION by Antonio Iannibelli – Bologna, 1-15 June 2010

TRIBUTE TO ITALIAN BIODIVERSITY – A Journey through the naturalistic habitats from Eolie to Isonzo

 Bologna, Palazzo d’Accursio Sala Manica Lunga from 1 to 15 giugno 2010; open every day from 10.00 AM to 18.00 PM.
                   INAUGURATION TUESDAY 1 JUNE 2010 AT 10.00   


Lengthening for more than a thousand kilometers from North to South, surrounded by the highs of the Alps and the Mediterranean waters, Italy offers a richness of environmental contexts which has no comparison in the whole European continent. If we add to this abundance of habitats we the over 57.000 animal species, the about 6.700 plant species, then we will be able to understand the extraordinary worth of biodiversity in Italy.

In year 2010 which the UN has declared International Year of Biodiversity, the exhibition of the works by Antonio Iannibelli, naturalistic photographer, portrays a walk across Italian habitats, undergoing from the Eolie until the mouth of the river Isonzo, this is the result of a search that involves the author’s entire lifetime. The viewer is invited to breathe the atmosphere of a reality filled by unique situations and enriched with the valuable presence of plants and animals, and therefore to share also the responsibility of a sensitive and aware employment of this worth.  

English articles

The lesser kestrel

Article written by Antonio Iannibelli and translated by Marco Albertini

The lesser kestrel  (“falco naumanni”) is a bird of prey belonging to the group of falcons which has been very closed to men for a long time.

If you have the chance to travel through south Italy in the area between Puglia and Basilicata well know for its stones and rocky churches, among tuff quarries and wide plateaux, you might spot some strange swifts up in the sky.

The lesser kestrel
The lesser kestrel

There are motionless outlines of several birds of prey among thousands of electricity pylons and kilometres of overhead cables.

While you are driving along all those half-empty roads, you can be easily surprised by the large amount of birds living in this territory.

It’s seems like you are travelling through a drab landscape, especially in August.

In this period in fact there is no green on the ground because of the drought and there are just one or two figures to be seen walking across the fields, among old empty manor farms and magnificent holiday farms, between many deep gullies and secular olive groves.

Hither and thither there are fire and smoke.

Here it’s easy to see the silhouette of the lesser kestrel.

English articles

The night of the fallen trees

Article written by Antonio Iannibelli and translated by Marco Albertini

The unforeseeable happened after the robin’s song, wild shivers in a cold winter’s night.

At dusk on a freezing cold day at the end of January I found a wonderful deer antler half-buried in the snow. I was taken by surprise seeing just one palm sticking out of the snow. I thought it belonged to a sleeping animal but I was wrong; there was just a piece of skeleton, only bones.

I knew it belonged to the frame of a large adult male. I was enchanted until the robin’s song reminded me it was almost dark and I had to walk for one hour through the wood to reach my car.

While I was walking fast I couldn’t help but let my mind drift back to that very early moment. I could neither leave behind nor escape from the deer’s ghost which occupied my mind during the homecoming journey, the following nights and days.

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