The Dolomites are well known all over the world for their enchanting beauty, as well as for their particular illumination, which causes a red coloration and can be seen when the sun rises or sets.
The Alpenglow phenomenon
The Dolomites coloration is known as Alpenglow, a term which comes from the German word Alpenglühen. The Italian term, enrosadira, comes from ladin and literally means “to turn pink”.
The Alpenglow is caused by both the rock composition and the sunlight when the sun itself is below horizon.
Alpenglow: when does it happen?
Although Alpenglow can be mostly admired during summer, every season can be suitable to observe it. When the air is clear and the sun reflects its light, Alpenglow could happen, with endless pink, red and violet shades.
The legend behind Alpenglow
The beauty of the “burning” Dolomites has of course inspired a legend to explain the alpenglow origin.
The legend tells the story of Laurin, a dwarf king, which a long time ago possessed a rose garden.
One day, a prince from Latemar, fascinated by the red garden, decided to enter Laurin’s kingdom. There he met his daugher, whom he fell in love with, and kidnapped in order to marry.
King Laurin, in despair, cursed its rose garden, for it revealed his kingdom to the prince. Nobody, from that moment on, would have been able to see its beautiful garden.
Though, the curse spared sunsets, when the people can still admire its red garden placed on the Dolomites.
We want to share with you these beautiful photos our friend Eugenio Coletti took a few days ago, portraing the Dolomites at sunset as seen by Selva Val Gardena.