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International Year of Forests

(January 1st, 2011 - December 31st, 2013)

Claudia Betschart


Claudia Betschart

Larch Wood in Autumn

Lötschental, Wallis, Switzerland

November 1, 2013; 14:10 local time (13:10 UTC)

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The European Larch (larix decidua) is the only needle tree in Europe that loses its needles in autumn. In spring the fresh needles are light green, later green, and before they fall off in autumn they take on a golden yellow color. In Switzerland they grow in the southern, sunny mountain valleys up to the timberline, at around 2100 to 2200 m altitude. They are rather strong trees that can survive in the harsh mountain climate with dry, hot summers and very cold winters. Usually they grow up to about 35 m altitude, but some examples can reach 50 m. The oldest examples found in the canton of Wallis were determined to be a thousand years old.

On the day I took this panorama the sun was covered by a thin layer of clouds. In this light the landscape looked like on an overdone HDR picture – but that was the natural appearance. The yellow trees where nevertheless shining brightly (not as brightly as they would on a sunny day though).

Europe / Switzerland

Lat: 46° 25' 30.35" N
Long: 7° 48' 27.45" E

Elevation: 2010 m

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Precision is: High. Pinpoints the exact spot.

Hardware: Nikon D5000, Sigma 8mm f3.5 EX DG fisheye lens, cheap lightweight tripod and 360Precision Atome panohead
Software: PTGui, Adobe Lightroom 4, Adobe Photoshop CS5

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