Beech Trees, Altopiano of Asiago, Italy by Adriana Benetti Longhini

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The Altopiano of Asiago in northern Italy is a large alpine plateau sitting at about 1000m above sea level. There are large open meadows that are used in the summer months to graze cattle that produce the world-famous Asiago cheese. The area also has abundant forests mainly consisting of European spruce. Dotted amongst these huge forests are large tracts of beech forests which during the autumn months colour the woods with bright orange.

I love the beech tree or in Italian called the Faggio, as on its own grows tall and is majestic, with a wonderful textured bark which in my opinion is better when still young. This group of faggi or beech trees survived the devastation caused by cyclone Vaia which devasted the forests of the Altopiano of Asiago and large parts of northeastern Italy including areas in the Dolomites.

In this photo, I focused on the beautiful grey coloured spots on the bark which had the same light grey tones as the misty conditions I found in the morning and also loved how the orange leaves seemed to stand out and glow in this little woodland area.

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