Deep Land

  • Boy on horseback

  • Moving around the countryside becomes increasingly difficult due the lack of maintenance of the muleteers to the advantage of the construction of state roads

  • The mule Is a mixture of the horse’s and the donkey’s. The different structure and number usually prevents the chromosomes from pairing up properly and creating successful embryos, rendering most mules infertile. Much like donkeys, mules are strong animals and tend to have calmer personalities. They are very vigorous animals which is why mules may be often used as pack animals

  • Luigi a young Sicilian. The economic crisis, high unemployment rate is re directing young Sicilians from small rural communities back to their lands and working in agriculture. Luigi helps his father cultivate small fields and take care of their farm animals. There isn’t a day in which he doesn’t dirty his hands to try to save some money to assist his young fiance’, a Romanian national that he met while working in the fields and can now pay for her trip back to Sicily and start a new life together

  • The Madonie are one of the principal mountain ranges on the island of Sicily, located in southwestern Italy. Within the park area there are outcrops of rocks which have been dated over a 200-million-year period and represent all aspects of the geology of Sicily apart from present day volcanic activity. There is a wide range of fossils present within the mountains’ rocks

  • Gray horse looking for food Many families live close contact with the animals that they circulate freely within the home

  • Antonino is a young sicilian boy; He is 15 years. Everyday, after school, Nino starts from a little village setted trought Sicani mountains and Madonie to walk for 7 km to feed his animals. All this only for a better rising of his farms, his love

  • Twin brothers with their Falabella. Falabella is a miniature horse is one of the smallest breeds of horse in the world. Tommaso and Salvatore are two young twins. Due to family problems, they we're raised by their uncle who led them since childhood to live a healthy country life style, cattle breeding and farming keeping them away from bad influences, providing them true values of life

  • A young specimen of Charolais bull. The Charolaise breed is appreciated for its great rusticity, lends itself optimally to face periodic "critical" such as summer droughts, typical of Mediterranean climate areas

  • A boy with her mule travels through an old mule track on the Nebrodi mountains. The mule track is a rural road similar to a trail, but also suitable for the circulation of pack animals. Prior to the development of the modern road network itself, it represented the link and trade route between the towns and the farmland

  • Valledolmo In January 2017 there was an exceptional snowfall, the snow and the frosts have come down to low altitudes determining huge damage to crops, forcing producers to face a particularly difficult year

  • Gray horses fighting during the mating season

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