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Gambatesa - Looking east toward Puglia

Colle Serrone, or the ancient pass between Molise and Puglia, is seen here from farmland to the east of Gambatesa's village center.

On the heights of the hills in the farthest background is just visible the village of San Marco la Catola in Puglia's province of Foggia.

The farmland of this photograph is of some interest.  It is a field from which wheat has been harvested.  Later this remaining straw will be burned and tilled into the soil.  (The straw must be burned because it will not decompose; Gambatesa is too dry for that to happen.)  Circles are plowed around the trees to keep them from catching fire when the straw is burned.

Looking toward Puglia, 49 KB

Of the small trees in the foreground, the one toward the center is an olive tree and to its right is an oak.  The oak looks like what is in French is called taillis sous futaie which means the stunted woods that grow up from trees that have been cut down.  These are quite common in Europe, because forests were cut down for firewood and shipbuilding.  But even when you cut down a tree, new growth will spring up from the trunk; but it makes a tree that looks like a bush rather than a tree, and its branches are small and better for firewood.  In Gambatesa most of the time you have what looks like taillis.

But the oak in the photograph is not stunted; it is just a new tree.  As there is no futaie ("uncut woods") in Gambatesa there is also no taillis ("copse", "stunted undergrowth") in Gambatesa.

Below is the old stone farmhouse at left center in the photograph above:

Old stone farmhouse, 8 KB

Related Page: The old way farmhouse roofs were made.

Photograph by Angelo Abiuso, 19 July 2007 at 15:51 hrs.

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Last revised: 13 May 2008 : 2008-05-13 by Robert [Wesley] Angelo.

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