Tree Blooming in Ruins of World War I Hospital, Passo Nota, Italy

Tree Blooming in Ruins of World War I Hospital, Passo Nota, Italy

Passo Nota, which we crossed on our hike from Pieve di Ledro to Vesio, Tremosine, was once the border between Italy and Austria. It saw heavy fighting during World War I, and there are reminders there today–an artillery gun and shells in front of the Rifugio dei Alpini, a cemetery, a number of caves and bunkers (one of which sheltered us when the thunder got too close for comfort while hiking with metal poles), and this ruin of a hospital. These golden-flowered trees grow wild all around that mountain area, and I was particularly touched by this view of one in full bloom in the middle of the ruined hospital. I wondered what kind of tree it was and hadn’t had a chance to search when I originally posted the picture, but I am pretty sure it is a Laburnum alpinum.

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