off in the distance to the west, the sun pokes its way out of the otherwise complete blanket of grey clouds. it highlights the tufts of vapor rising out of the land that, if you hadn’t seen them up close, would seem to be surprisingly white refuse coming out of smoke stacks of some industrial complex criminally placed in the middle of meditation-inducing rolling green hills…. instead (i’ve seen them up close!) it’s the vapor coming out the cooling towers of the geothermal power plant in and around Larderello. green energy. silver vapor. grey morning.