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SCANNO, ITALY
A Portfolio of Images and Haiga
by Alexis Rotella

Filled with old women
and lilies
the church in the hills

Shortly after the news of an earthquake in the Abruzzo region of Italy, I received an email from Alexis reminding me that she and her husband had traveled in the region years ago, and that the picturesque mountain village of Scanno had inspired some of my own favorites of her photo haiga. We arranged for a collection to appear in our Earth Day gallery.

This is a landscape and a culture shaped by earthquake: when the Rotellas were there, the roads were negotiable only by small trucks and in places the cliff was so eroded that only a Fiat could pass.

What made you decide to go there? I asked, to which she replied, It was late in the season and we were told that because of Scanno's elevation, the lilacs were still in bloom.

Although Scanno was near the epicenter, the word is that it escaped the damage and injuries that we have been hearing about from L'Aquila and other towns. Please keep the victims of the earthquake in your thoughts, however. As Issa put it, we walk on the roof of hell, gazing at flowers.