Destination 4: Cortina d’Ampezzo and Borca di Cadore
The Dolomites are known for winter skiing and summer hiking and mountaineering. November is slow in this area as the snow has not yet fallen and it just isn’t warm enough to draw a crowd. I had the opportunity to spend a weekend here in early November and had no idea what to expect. Aside from the rather lousy weather and thick fog/cloud cover it turned out to be a fantastic experience.
I booked a hotel in Borca di Cadore based upon online research focusing on the area of Cortina d’Ampezzo. Hotel Antelao offers a great location close to hiking trails with pristine views of Mount Pelmo. I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone in the area, though sadly my window view of the mountains was obscured by fog and cloud cover for nearly the entire weekend. Hiking trail maps were readily available in the hotel and the first trail I decided to try was within walking distance of the hotel. The trail starts near the church seen in the shot below a short distance from the center of town. From the church a road runs downhill to Boite creek. The trail begins on the other side of the bridge and is reasonably well marked, there is even a sign pointing in the direction of the waterfall (cascata).
The gravel trail is steep in some points but is not very difficult. I was able to jog the majority of the way to the waterfall. The waterfall was shrouded in mist and fog making HDR a necessity to get the first shot of the falls from a distance. The second shot was taken from a small wooden plank over the stream. I probably took 50 shots here to get this one, the mist from the light rain and the falls made for unusable shots due to exaggerated water spots from the wide angle I was shooting. Short on daylight as I always seem to be, I took the trail back the way I came and drove into Cortina d’Ampezzo and took the shot of the main church in the center of town through the thick fog.
The next day the fog still had not lifted making the higher elevation trails a complete waste of time. I decided to take another loop in the hills near the town of San Vito. I was able to take the fifth shot of Torrente Boite through a small break in the fog. After I made it back to the hotel to check out, the fog finally began to lift and I was able to take the post header shot of Mount Pelmo from the parking lot. The drive back led me through the town of Valle di Cadore where I took the last shot in this post.
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