Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Wood Engraving of Salina
Here is a woodcut of the island of Salina.  It looks like it is probably as viewed
 from the pumice mine area of Lipari.  The town seems to be Santa Marina. 
 It was printed in 1895.
  This is from my collection of prints and early photos of the islands.
Looking at this view, the road would follow to the right around the
 island to the point on the right which is probably Capofaro,
 which is the base for the Cafarella family(our branch anyway),
 and the Luigi Sangiolo family had a house there as well. 
Continuing around, the town of Malfa is just beyond that
 ridge facing north.
My sister and I were at the top of the central peak several years ago,
 and the trail all but disappeared.  A terrible descent, though a man on a bicycle
 passed us on the trail of loose scree!
This angle shows the island for what it is.  A view from the east shows two cones,
 which is why the island was called Didyme(the twins) in antiquity.
From this angle you see that the high volcano was actually several cones
 overlapping each other and being worn down. and replaced by another. 
The actual island does not show such sharp peaks.  Possibly the last 122 years
 have seen a lot of erosion to blunt the peaks, or vegetation has softened it. 
It could also be an attempt to dramatize the ruggedness of the terrain.
Here is the back side of that same peak showing the multiple
 cones overlapping from the Malfa side.
This is the only photo I have that I took from the Costa Concordia
(You know, the one that capsized) as we sailed past the islands.
It gives you some idea of the double cone though the peaks are shrouded in the clouds.
  Monte Porri is on the right, the smaller cone, though from some angles,
the two appear to be the same size.

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