The rebirth of Elba Island in the spring

The rebirth of Elba Island in the spring

Like every year, after the cold of winter, the island of Elba begins to revive. Flora and Fauna regain vigor in the landscape, which is colored with blooms and comes alive with awakenings from hibernations and migrations of birds

We are approaching the spring season. From the window of the room a morning breeze brings the scent of flowers into the room. One immediately recognizes rosemary, heather, tulip tree and broom, plants with a typical Elban smell. An energizing and invigorating start to the day, to say the least.

There is a different air outside. One hears a lone sparrow chirping: it is on a cliff, one can recognize it by its blue-blue plumage, more flamboyant at this time. One must approach it to observe it discreetly, without disturbing it, because this is mating season. When it flies away, it exhibits its song-nuptial flights, always beautiful to see and hear.

On the beach, with your feet pointed toward the sea, you can take advantage of the beautiful day to take a stroll; the weather is generous, you can even go for a swim! But if you look out to sea, all attention can be captured by the leaping dolphins that often enjoy accompanying boats for some stretches of sea. In spring they are more likely to be spotted, although they now inhabit the Elba Sea in every season but spring is still the best season to fully enjoy all the awakening and beauty of nature. In addition, the island of Elba is included in the Cetacean Sanctuary, a vast protected area that reaches France, Monaco and Italy, where sightings of magnificent whales and minke whales are also becoming increasingly frequent.

But the day is also perfect for a relaxing walk on Mount Perone, starting from its slopes. In the midst of nature, the silence allows you to listen to the sounds of the forest, the animals, and you may even catch a glimpse of the flight of beautiful butterflies perching on the beautiful flowers nearby. It is no coincidence that a little further on one comes across the "Butterfly Sanctuary," a place that seems to come from another time. The Sanctuary is a unique, typically Elban place, collecting many species of lepidoptera, some native and some very rare to spot.

Along the path, views and glimpses rich in colors and scents; slowly the sun goes down and dives into the beautiful waters of a clear blue sea, which hides other forms of life. Tuna, bream, bass, from the surface of the water peep all the species of fish with which the island is rich.

The sunset today has different shades, warmer and more enveloping. In the midst of this nature, one feels reborn!

Ph: Roberto Ridi

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