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THE SEA AND WINTER MAGIC unreal

   Another Calabria
Underwater Treasures in the winter sea

   There is an entire literature and there is at least one famous song of the sea in winter. Place of desire (holiday) when it is summer, which almost no one looks out of season. But this sea keeps a force without limits and is quite exciting. In summer, everything seems to assume, the coastal towns are overrun by tourists and holidaymakers, the coast is taken by storm. In winter, the sea as a mantle austere and solemn, an indigo peace and solitude. An indefinite color, which is not gray, nor blue, nor purple. A color made of a thousand colors, a thousand states of mind. And a thousand expectations. The sea in winter is a suspension unreal, voluntary alienation toward a meditation that is no reason. So dense an absence of thought, sense of reality. No shadow imprinted in the sand, just footsteps deep that the sea is quick to delete. "The sweet taste of the sea, the sublime ecstasy that every feeling is muted and the pace is mixed with joy." These things they know very well and Alfina Mario, a young couple who loves the sea. What they love especially deep sea. Those of the seas of the South Seas, especially that surrounding the Calabria, which retain an extraordinary fascination. Mario and Alfina for some years have opened a dive center, not a center but in a coastal village old Stilo to a few hundred meters above sea level, in the middle hill. Diving Center in Punta Stilo "Mario Alfina and spread the culture of the sea. In their own way. "Who has known the deep sea can not be like others". Starting from making it clear to many who, out of curiosity, crossing the entrance to the center, which every man has, after all, an unconscious desire to return attribute in giving rise to life, or feels the need to discover what was the mystery around him. "In the" Sea "has focused much of the extraordinary added value of the interlacement of nature, culture and art." And 'what we read on the first panel that introduces the new documentary shows that the couple are ending up in the halls of the diving center. Beautiful photographs taken at the bottom of the seas Calabrians. A "Sea", yes, with "M" capitalized like Mario and write Alfina. Sea of love. For the Diving Center Punta Stilo is one of the axes on which to base a new and stronger identity. Thanks to the treasures that our fund guard, collaboration and commitment, we are drawing on paper of a new underwater territorial geography, which is at the same time, the rediscovery of a more ancient geography of historical, cultural, territorial and environmental. Desire for freedom and a spirit of adventure, have led, over twenty years ago, Mario and Alfina, a decrease in the deep sea. And the adventure the freedom of exploring a world that was and the surface is absolutely unimaginable. But what matters is that the two sub "hill" will soon have learned to communicate to all discoveries and feelings. And not only through the images in their special occasions. Slowly the two were and are equipped school, are rescues and recoveries. With time short, has proven very effective, their presence under water. Mario and Alfina are like Korean women, they love to dive even in winter. In the sea in winter made a thousand colors, a thousand states of mind. Their dives become more unpredictable. And here is also the beauty and fascination in most of the seas that bathe the Calabria. Ionian and Tyrrhenian Sea, where the two seas bottom keep secrets and colors that are revealed in the eyes of Mario and Alfina, most of the others are always ready to capture the smallest details. The seas of Calabria, places of legendary stories and fantastic creatures that reign in the depths. The exploratory curiosity of the two sub is strong and every time you venture into the depths can always discover new things. Pure instinct for the "depth" that you can understand by following the track of some of the legends and mythology. Mario and Alfina immediately recall to mind the legend of Glaucus, son of Poseidon and Scylla, the beautiful and gentle girl, who for the first time the figure accompanied by nymphs and sirens, but, deceived by the sorceress Circe, he began to turn into a sea monster , with six heads and twelve horrible and deformed legs. His skin, before smooth and delicate as a petal of rose, began to cover themselves for rough and shiny scales, and her voice, sweet and melodious first became hoarse and. Scilla it realized just to be become a monster, not the interest to despair and cast into the sea. Glauco, according to legend, was born human, practiced the business of a fisherman, his immortality and the nature of divinity marine derived from a herb magic. His body changed shape, becoming a form of tail fish on the bottom. Became a triton of the sea, immortal and prophetic. On the bottom he saw a house surrounded by a beautiful garden, full of algae and corals, a kaleidoscope of beautiful colors, while around you heard a gentle and attractive music. We went and had his palace. Going under water is able to exert the same influence that we find magic in the stories and legends of the sea and perhaps this could explain the fascination that attracts divers to experience diving. Jules Verne, the author of Twenty Leagues Under the Sea, makes the brilliant Captain Nemo, the protagonist of the novel: "... a few meters below its level, the power of man ceases! You live, you live in the womb of the sea, you are free! '.

   Between the Ionian and Tyrrhenian
From "Secca del Ciccillo"
the "Fossa del Monaco"
the wonders of our fund

   This time, diving in Mario and Alfina, after proper planning, start at Soverato. Loads of equipment and the changes upon loading their things on the boat and a small jump with the legs are already in the raft. Direction: the "dry Ciccillo. Abandoned the area, is a magic moment, unique. "We are in another world, silence, peace, the absence of weight. There seems to fly. E very beautiful . Formed a small bay, who knows when for earthquake. A ditch that descends to more than five hundred meters, as appellant in the Ionian, but that surprises and unimaginable landscapes, moon. Camouflaged to a twig, the couch grass of the sea, is stuck with the tail a very rare species of seahorse, used during the period of the Magna Greece for magic rituals. Here's a crinoide, looks like a "tree that walks." Its like you are all extinct millions of years ago. Not far from the bay is the "Fossa del Monaco." Nearby the "horns of elk, a very beautiful coral formation is very sensitive and can not even touch. One can only admire, as a group adorns the blackest gorges where his rise to polyps feed. E 'where the fish live parrot, arrived a few years even in the Mediterranean due to the overheating of the water. It seems that it is happy with his new abode. To Mario and Alfina comes the moment of "debriefing" for a collective analysis of mission-dive. And take advantage to move into a tract to the south coast jonica catanzarese. E 'forty-four one of the two routes that carry out sub between the Ionian Sea, the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Straits. However, a route still virgin and unexplored. He began diving in the "dry Vatro". Fly over the prairies of Posidonia oceanica "in search of something, is a fascinating experience. Two Stars serpentine "carry out their games of love, the classic ritual prior to mating. They seem great contortions and this feature has allowed them to resist the time and current. But the surprises do not end. Nestling on the seabed a torpedo. It seems very swollen, has a belly full of eggs, in the process of to place her. Mario and Alfina are careful not to get closer to "sensors" that you see on the back of the "tremola". Able to enact real electric shocks can do embossed also divers. The depths of the heart of Magna Grecia to give surprises behind surprises. Fortunately, not all divers who frequent the seas from Calabria, in specific localities, have an eye for noticing the underwater archaeological heritage, usually well camouflaged, after millennia, with that place. But Alfina and Mario, more than two decades ago, have begun to engage in underwater archeology, and they arrived to make important discoveries, reported to the competent ministry. But diving in the area of the temple of the black Kaulon are always new. The continuous and endless surprises. Among Rock of columns and blocks of old docks are companies, the pair of diving, sea urchins and Donzelle, which seem to shelter under a series of Chinese parasols, a prairie of algae that, in fact "to umbrellas." The urchins seem to want to recreate an atmosphere typical of ancient Greece, when they were used to filter some magic. And what about the Donzelle? The damsel is and then the young are all female and only later become males. In the background a sacrificial altar magnogreco. The program of the holders of the Diving Center Punta Stilo are not under the usual diving in the usual place. And so, left the Ionian Sea, and Mario Alfina go to another sea, with other laws, other forms of life and unique itineraries. And 'the Straits. Before the charming village of Scilla. E 'a world of high underwater biology, the one explored by divers and Mario Alfina, and known under the name "Our Lady of Mercy. Here's the killer algae ", much sought after by divers. Alfina Tassone and Mario are the "official warning for Calabria" they were the first to report the species, exactly ten years ago, to the competent authorities and from there, the University of Calabria sent in place of specialists to study the rare settlements botanists. Beneath the waters of the Strait and lives a strange lumpy snail, the sea cucumber. According to an Asian belief still alive, the animal seems to have a miraculous healing and aphrodisiac properties. Explorations of the underwater Mario and Alfina culminating in an explosion of colors, including arborescent colonies of colorful sea fans and a fan in the midst of a veritable "forest" of spirografi, very large and majestic, especially for the game of the currents. The dive computer "of the two divers indicate that the time available is finite, and gain the surface. "The language is not enough to say and the hand writing all the wonders of the sea."

  Ancient myths and fervid fantasies
An explosion of colors between arborescent colonies
of gorgonians and spirografi

Published on pages 1 Fotocamera, 16 Fotocamera and 17 Fotocamera of the Newspaper of Sunday 8 February 2009 by Francesco Sorgiovanni Writer


   
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