Val d'Orcia is one of the most enchanting spots in Tuscany. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it's home to world-class wines, perfect hilltop towns and a landscape one only expects to find in the work of Renaissance painters.
Well before dawn, I waited in an olive orchard overlooking the valley where I hoped to capture the day's first light touching the tops of the famous gently rolling hills, cypress rows and classic villas. In the gentle light of twilight, I was surrounded by the sounds of the campagna waking below me - pheasants cackling from their roost, roosters announcing the day, sheep, goats, rabbits stirring in their pens and this white horse on his morning forage. It was one of the most serene and peaceful minutes one could imagine. Wanting to never forget the experience, I closed my eyes in the gentle breeze for a moment to etch the sounds and smells into my memory. And when I opened my eyes, this happened.