It is the image that won the National Geographic photo contest in the animal world category: David Francescangeli took it in his home garden, in Terni
When the wind began to blow hard on the snow in the garden in the Martani mountains, in Cesi, province of Terni, a small common verdone, a passerine bird of the family of finches, has pointed the legs and he resisted, proud and stiff, to the storm. David Francescangeli, amateur photographer, owner of the house overlooking the snow-covered garden, rushed downstairs to immortalize the scene so solemn. He never imagined that his photo would win the photo contest of the National Geographic Italy in the animal world category.
Instead, the image, taken in Terni, was chosen by the magazine for its intensity and drama, and because it is perfect metaphor of the resistance of the environment to international policies that do not respect it enough. «The photo conveys the extreme force of nature and the bird's struggle for survival in extreme conditions. Against the wind with half-closed eyes that is planted there on the ground not to be taken away. Anyone of us, facing nature, its strength and its beauty, is a small being. We can only do everything to respect it and not be overwhelmed .
In his garden, Francescangeli has a bird feeder. "That February morning I could not go to work because of the wind and snow. It was about 8 o'clock and in front of the house I saw some little birds looking for shelter, the tits on the trees and the fringillidae on the ground, unable to fly. I lay on the ground in the snow hiding behind the backpack, I made the telephoto lens go sideways and I framed the green, he explained in the text that he sent to the magazine along with the photo.
An image that National Geographic has chosen for several reasons: why «inspires tenderness, but at the same time perfectly synthesizes the great resilience that characterizes the animals, even the smallest .