The Norway Spruce is a large European coniferous tree. These trees can reach a height of 35-55 m (115–180 ft). Shown here in all their winter magnificence.
These trees were found in a subalpine zone at the altitude of 1300m. Much of the original forest was cleared to make space for cow pastures. The intact original forest can be seen not far in the background. The empty patch on the left on the first shot is the result of the Lothar storm which swept across Central Europe on December 26, 1999.
The third shot shows cones hanging down the spruce’s branches. In alpine zones the Norway Spruce often forms mixed populations with silver fir, beech and larch.
Lat: 46.50, Long: 6.93
Spotted on Feb 3, 2012
Submitted on Feb 8, 2012
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