"Things You Wouldn't Know If We Didn't Blog Intermittently."
Probably mountain grass, fodder for the livestock during the winter.
That would make sense. It looked like a row crop, but presumably that's just the pattern of the windrows prior to baling. Thanks, Hayes.
I wouldn't mind going to work there every day. Inspiring view! Are you certain it's not a photoshop? That looks a lot like some of the work I have seen in the contests at http://www.worth1000.com/ I hope it's real, though!
" Are you certain it's not a photoshop?"Yes. Take a look at some of the photographer's other images in the photostream at the first link I provided.
Sadly, the site at that link says - now but not before? - that digital versions of photos in the book are not available.
Having been to the dolomites a couple of times now, I can say that Hayes is correct - it is mountain grass. And Timothy no it is not photoshopped, I haven't seen that particular rock formation (it's a big place) but many others like it.
Reminds me of Cradle Mountain / Lake St Clair in Tasmania, only a bit more spectacular. I've walked the Cradle Mountain loop in Tassie, but I'd love to walk the Dolomites ... *sigh*. http://www.flickr.com/photos/downunderendeavours/3077916424/lightbox/ http://www.australiantraveller.com/city-highlight/020-peak-at-cradle-mountain
Wow. (Wisconsin and Minnesota are sadly mountain-deficient).
My undergrad geology department used to do field camps in the Italian dolomites. I just missed being around for the last year of it. :(
It's like Avatar meets 2012.
This is man-made. In the alps you can see very similar structures on the slopes in summer (usually its scaffolding though). This is done to decrease the risk of big avalanches in winter.