Saturday, March 14, 2009

Lama Cupa


The seaside territory of Apulia is crossed, from inland toward the sea, by a series of "lame". I'm not sure of the term in English, but these are naturally formed waterways that serve to carry excess water down to the sea in the case of heavy rains. They normally look like dry riverbeds. They are protected natural environments and it is illegal to build in them, which only makes sense...your house might be washed away come the next heavy rain!

Lama Cupa runs through the south side of town and ends at the Prima Cala beach. The bridge in this photo crosses Lama Cupa as you enter into town from the south on Highway 16.

4 comments:

lakeviewer said...

What a fun piece of information. This looks like an old aquaduct, but it is a new structure.

Vogon Poet said...

I knew nothing about the "lame", now I do! The name sounds still a bit scary. And "Lama Cupa" scarier...
The wall on the left is beatiful: enlarging the photo it seems to be stones only, without mortar, don't know how is it in english.

Saretta said...

It's just called a "dry-stone wall" and Apulia is full of them everywhere you turn!

Shutterup-Shutterbug said...

Very cool shot. I love the variety of the plants, sky, and stone.