ENROSADIRA ( ALPENGLOW) is the phenomenon in which most of the peaks of the DOLOMITES take on a reddish colour, which gradually changes to violet, especially at dawn and dusk.
This phenomenon is due to the composition of the rocky walls ( a mixture of carbonate and magnesium). It is especially seen in the summer evenings, when the air is very clear and the sun shining drops to the west.
The phenomenon ENROSADIRA can manifest itself significantly different throughout the year and can even vary from one day to the other. These variations in colours and durability ENROSADIRA, are due to the different positions of the sun during the year and the conditions of the atmosphere. The phenomenon occurs on the DOLOMITES, especially at dawn it appears on the crags facing east, while at sunset is on the walls facing west, and the colours are so magical. This phenomenon also occurs on the GRAN SASSO of Italy. The term ALPENGLOW, which literally means “turning pink”, comes from the word LADIN ROSADURA or ENROSADORA.
There is a legend of King Laurin, a dwarf king, who had the ROSENGARTEN (in German : ROSENGARTENGRUPPE) a beautiful rose garden, (the meaning of the German word is precisely “the rose garden”), it offers an alternative explanation to the phenomenon and suggestive.
One day, the Prince of the LATIMER, intrigued by the sight of roses, departed into the kingdom of King Laurin. There he saw the King’s daughter (LADINA), fell in love with her and kidnapped her to make her his bride. King Laurin desperately threw a curse on his rose garden, guilty of having betrayed the position of his kingdom : neither day nor night, no human eye could most admire. But, King Laurin forgot sunset when, even today, the garden and its colours become visible and appreciated.