Monday, April 30, 2012

The Dark Side of Positano

Positano full moon

Getting down the stairs at night was an enterprise.

Blinking lights like an airport runway, turned on and off repeatedly only to reappear millimetres from where we were about to place our foot next. Each of our steps was a hovering indecision, a crucial life or death situation for the magical creatures lining the path.

Slowly we made our way back to our home, fireflies dancing at our feet.

Hundreds of them, as brash as could be, lit our stairs leading to the gardens of Fornillo below our home. They clung to the stucco walls, flittered towards the street light and rested, dozens on each  step, a moment or too before changing position.

Leaning over the balustrade on the terrace, we watched enchanted as the fairies of the insect world waltzed in the lemon groves at our feet, the tall grass fleetingly masking the light and making it reappear at a distance. They rose and dipped in the terraced gardens, pockets forming in the corners only to dissipate just as quickly.

Are you there my love?

The romance of the situation was not lost on me.

The Amalfi Coast known best for the sweeping views and its natural coastline, transforms into a beguiling woman at night.

Its mysterious shadows envelope a constellation of tiny lights along the coastline. Its curves reflect the lights of the small towns.  Its sea is always in sweet song and dotted with fisherman’s boats on the horizon.  When in full moon, this lady of the night makes a dramatic entrance, red and impossibly grand over the edge of the mountain.  Its mesmerizing moonlight grazes the surface of the sea with an elegant liquid silver.

If I were a firefly, it would be here that I would dance.

 

 

Late April, the days warmed by the sunshine and the nights cooled by its shadow, are the best time to see the dance of the fireflies in Positano. The abandoned gardens in Fornillo are a haven for the ecosystem of the Coast and these insects are replaced in summer by the tiny bats, owls and less appreciable blood sucking creatures called mosquitoes.

10 comments:

Chef Chuck said...

Hello Hello! I hope all is well! That is so nicely written...
All the best, Chuck

Margaret Cowan said...

Beautifully, poetically written! Images painted in sensual detail, so I can picture all the fireflies' lights adding to the coast's other lights. Troppo bello!

I love immersing myself in among lights in the dark, like walking by the Arno in Firenze at night with the reflections of illuminated buildings and street lights in river.

Brava!

carla coulson said...

worlds most beautiful view. Wonderful photo. Lucky you.. Carla

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

What a beautiful post in words and photo, I really must plan a visit to the Amalfi coast, it has been too long.

Italy Tour said...

So stunning. Definitely going to add this to my list of things we want to do with the family in the next few years. So glad you are willing to share your pictures..thanks!

Carla Coulson said...

I have linked your blog today as I knew my readers would love your pics and life in Positano!
Carla
http://carlacoulson.com/its-not-about-waiting-for-the-storm-to-pass-its-about-dancing-in-the-rain/

Lisa at Wanderlust Womwn said...

Love this post....beautifully written. Do you know their legend?
http://www.wanderlustwomentravel.com/2010/08/wanderlus-womans-legend-of-the-firefly/

Cheap Flights said...

I almost fall inlove w/ your poetic words but most of the beauty of the place. Wow!...stunning.

Andrea Guerriero said...

The tone and style of your post remind me the atmosphere of Alfonso Gatto's lyrics. Do you know him?

"Torneranno le sere a intepidire
nell’azzurro le piazze, ai bianchi muri la luna in alto s’alzer√† dal mare e nella piena dei giardini il vento fitto di case, d’alberi, di stelle passer√† per la grande aria serena..."

Delhi Information said...

I think you have great eye and timing for taking this rare snap. seriously amazing snap!