Doug Wall

Doug Wall

Posted on 06/13/2017


Photo taken on May 25, 2017



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Terraces

Terraces
The Amalfi Coast is a World Heritage-listed landscape, with its terraces of orange and lemon groves clinging to the steep cliffs. These terraces not far from Amalfi itself look well maintained, but there are reports that competition from cheaper lemons grown abroad have driven down prices and some of Amalfi's farmers have been forced to abandon the groves owned by their families for generations.

For centuries, Amalfi's famous lemon terraces - grown into the mountainside and secured by stone walls - have been maintained by a skilled group known as 'contadini volanti', the 'flying farmers', who climb the steep heights to visit the groves. But the work on the slopes where even mules struggle is back-breaking and is considered too hard and too underpaid for the younger generation, particularly when they can earn more money working in the tourist industry. This poses a further threat to the traditional landscape.

If the stone walls are not maintained, there is an increased risk of landslides and erosion. This problem has been exacerbated in recent years due to climate change where Italy has experienced more intense, more violent storms where a large amount of rain falls all at once. Italy is considered one of the European countries most at risk from landslides, as well as earthquakes and volcanic activity.

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14 comments - The latest ones
Jaime Blancartë Durán
Jaime Blancartë Durá…
Extraordinario lugar.
2 months ago.
Doug Wall has replied to Jaime Blancartë Durá…
Thank you.
2 months ago.
slgwv
slgwv
It does look precarious--
2 months ago.
Doug Shepherd
Doug Shepherd
Very nice image, good perspective.
2 months ago.
Doug Wall has replied to Doug Shepherd
Thanks Doug.
2 months ago.
Keith Burton
Keith Burton
I had no idea about these orange and lemon groves................how marvellous! Great narrative and excellent image Doug.
2 months ago.
Doug Wall has replied to Keith Burton
Thanks Keith.
2 months ago.
HappySnapper
HappySnapper
Still would like to live there regardless of the environmental dangers.
2 months ago.
Doug Wall has replied to HappySnapper
Too hot for me in July and August Maurice :-(
2 months ago.
Pam J
Pam J
Amazing place
2 months ago.
Don Barrett (aka DBs travels)
Don Barrett (aka DBs…
So, a generation that wants everything electronic and won't do hard labor, demands the electricity that generates the pollution that results in the extreme weather that erodes away the fields used in the work they don't want to do? While it seems like a logical sequence, we know also that three years after the hand-grown lemon fields are replaced by factory fields, there'll be a realization of what is missing, and a subset of these will be turned into ultra-expensive "artisanal lemons" grown by people who dropped out of the electronics 'rat race', but they'll spread knowledge of their newfound 'artisanal lemons' via smarthphone based social media. Then there'll be a new trend of 'artisanal lemons' and a rapid growth of that, which will require bringing in immigrants to farm the spread of fields, and then we're back to where we were 10 years before. Of course, it would have been easier just to continue the old tradition, but why settle for that when we can have more fun by twisting everything around -- the wonders of capital!
2 months ago.
Doug Wall has replied to Don Barrett (aka DBs…
Thanks Don!
2 months ago.
Elbertinum
Elbertinum
Terrassen bauen ist eine Kunst -
ich habe einige - kleinere - in meinem Garten -
2 months ago. Edited 2 months ago.
Doug Wall has replied to Elbertinum
Indeed, an art. Thanks for visiting and commenting!
2 months ago.