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May 28: Vnà 1

Finally, Vnà emerged over the crest of the hill.

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At first, just a thin line of buildings between fields and mountain.

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Little white flowers, little yellow flowers, tiny yellow flowers.

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The yawning valley back in the direction of Ramosch.

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The rhythm of poles and terraces continued right up to the village.

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Across the side valley of La Brancla that Vnà sits on more directly, a precarious situation for larches.

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The look of this barn on the edge of the village is a rather compelling fusion between traditional Engadin tectonics and a more industrial look.

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I feel like I should totally know what these little tintinnabular flowers are, and yet I can't place them.

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I'm also not sure what this is either; some sort of mega-thistle? More nettles right next to it too. Better make tracks before I get spined.

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Continuing on a theme, I also cannot identify this exactly, but it's clearly an agrotorture device of some sort.

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More of the village coming into view. The split-front form of the center house is very typical for the Engadin.

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A variegation of cow posteriors.

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Looking back after the final hairpin turn further up La Brancla valley.

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Unconformities.

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The steep hillside may make for a challenging stance, but at least it's delicious.

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The welcoming committee.

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And finally, after orbiting under it for quite a while, Vnà is attained.

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Here's that split-front farmhouse again. I like the semi-haphazardness of the cross-bracing in the wooden face.

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DONKEYS!

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A lovely interstitial area of retaining walls and boisterous plants.