Some of the Dolomites have slender summits, towering like daring pinnacles; others stretch out in jagged ridges, like the fangs of an alligator’s jaw. Vertical walls several thousands of feet high hang over the valley below, ripped by deep gullies, completely bare, stripped of any vegetation with shades of mostly yellow and dark white. (…)
In some places they make take the shape of giant towers, in others the sharp, dense and pointy spires are so prevailing to look like a bundle of bayonets or swords.
“A Handbook for Travellers in Southern Germany” John Murray 1837