Capestrano is an ancient hill town in the Tirino Valley in the Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga National Park, Abruzzo. This is an area known better to the Italians and to winter sports enthusiasts than to tourists. From the balcony of the house we were renting we had superb views of the valley and of the mountains, none better than when we awoke one morning to find the pre-dawn valley a sea of cloud below us. A couple of happy hours were spent photographing the scene as the mists in the valley below us were slowly burnt away by the rising sun. In this image trees, lit by a ray of sun, poke their tops through the low mists.