The Pyrenean oak (Quercus pyrenaica), a species native to southwestern Europe and northwestern North Africa, occurs in Portugal's interior north and centre at high altitudes and granite soils. It can form small or large forests and shelter a considerable number and diversity of plant and animal species.
At Montemuro Mountain, in the interior north of Portugal, which reaches an altitude of around 1300 meters, we can find small Pyrenean oak forests, beautiful spots of life which must be preserved at all costs. The shade of the trees above the granite blocks, combined with humidity, creates the proper conditions for covering the rocks with mosses and other plants such as stonecrops (Sedum hirsutum in this photograph), lovely small succulent plants.
Landscape photography can focus on wide horizons and large panoramas, as well as on short distances and small objects. In this image, I tried to reconcile the small, large, light, and shadow, praising nature in its purest state.
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