Prayer flags are an important part of Tibetan (and Nepali) Buddhist culture. They are found almost everywhere in the Himalayas, in the cities as in the remotest mountains: fluttering in the wind, braving extreme weather.

Locals know that the prayers and mantras printed on the colourful flags will be blown by the wind spreading good will and compassion.


So, I thought, why not have our own laic version in the Italian Alps?

And what can be more Mediterranean than a laundry line with pegs sporting warm colours.

Here, at high altitude, with no sea or trees and only sundried grass in the background, the pegs are far more visible when, free of clothes, they play with the wind.