For fall, Daniela Gregis seems to be walking the Apennines.
A landscape of forested canyons, lush valleys and montane grasslands, the Apennines stretches from the rugged Ligurian Alps in the northwest of Italy to the coastal metropolitans of Calabria in the south.
Just two hours from Rome, the best news of the week: success in rewilding this region after a 20 year project dedicated to revitalizing the native fauna.
As Daniela hikes through the trees, the baying of tauros, a type of wild cattle, can be heard in the distance.
This land is the last refuge of the Italian wolf and the Marsican brown bear, who slink over the velvet moss blanketing the ground.
Steeped in the rich palette of autumn, the forest is alive with these sounds as its ancestral inhabitants reclaim their territory.
As night falls, herds of Apennine chamois scale the rocky hillsides that border the woods to graze on the grass of the valley.
In the distance, the warm lights of Artena, a rural Italian village, flicker on.
Eagle owls call in the distance and a calm settles on the landscape.
This partnership with the earth is crucial not only to its beauty, but its survival – a tenet Daniela Gregis celebrates within her own carefully handmade work.