The Torbiere del Sebino and white water lilies

Torbiere del Sebino, Lago d'Iseo

Throughout spring and summer, the Torbiere del Sebino – a Natural Reserve south of Lake Iseo – bloom with white water lilies and transform a landscape of cane thickets and water mirrors into a fairy tale view of wonderful colors.

Between the late 1700s and the first half of the last century, this was a peat bog where the fossil fuel – an early stage of vegetable matter’s transformation into coal – was extracted, as a convenient source of energy to power kilns and spinning mills, heat homes and keep trains running.

Once the use of peat declined in the second half of the 1900s, the 360 hectares of bog slowly returned to the silence of nature, welcoming back today’s 170 species of birds, as well as countless fish, mammals and plants – including, from May to September, white water lilies.

Photos via: ©www.collater.al, ©www.torbieresebino.it

August 8, 2017

The Torbiere del Sebino and white water lilies

Iseo, Provaglio d'Iseo, Corte Franca (Brescia)
"Torbiere del Sebino" Natural Reserve Agency
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