The Dolomites World Natural Heritage Area

August 17, 2020

Dolomites Unesco 1

Photographer: Alessandra Masi
Summary Author: Alessandra Masi 

The Dolomites of the southern Alps are named after French naturalist Déodat de Dolomieu who, in the second half of the eighteenth century, was evidently the first to study the particular type of rock predominant in this region. The unique mix of minerals present in these rocks gives the mountains a special light shade, which is why they’re also called the pale mountains. However, at sunset and sunrise, the peaks of the Dolomites can be set ablaze by the rays of the Sun in a spectacle of colors, ranging from pink to fiery red, This is the effect of the famous enrosadira, or alpenglow, phenomenon.

The Cortina d'Ampezzo area, a World Heritage Site and under the protection of the Natural Park of the Ampezzo Dolomites, is a wonderful setting to discover this special world of immense vertical rock walls, spires and pinnacles, high mountain pastures, alpine lakes and beautiful waterfalls. Panoramic photo taken on December 12, 2019.

Photo Details: Camera Canon EOS 5D Mark III; Software Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.7 (Macintosh); Exposure Time 4.000s; Aperture ƒ/14.0; ISO equivalent 250; Focal Length 24.0mm.