Gran Paradiso National Park

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With the succesful effort to repopulate the Gran Paradiso National Park in northwest Italy with alpine ibex, it is now a fairly common sight to see the wild goats on the near vertical face of the Cingino Dam, licking the salt incrusted stones.

Top 2 photographs by Maurizio Piazzai.
Bottom photograph by Stanislao Basileo.

From National Geographic Photo Of The Day; January 28, 2015:
Alpine Oasis Stefano Unterthiner, National Geographic
Summer night falls over an alpine meadow stippled with wildflowers in Italy’s Gran Paradiso National Park. In a busy country on a crowded continent, Gran Paradiso’s unspoiled landscape is an arcadian oasis.
See more pictures from the February 2015 feature story “Paradise Found.”