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International Year of Forests

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

George Row

Squirrel Carving in Prehen Woods

George Row

Ancient Bog Oak Forest

Hillside above Loch Nafooey, County Mayo, Ireland

July 13, 2011, 15:00 (IST)

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Ireland is now one of the least forested countries in Europe. Things were not always this way, Ireland was once covered in forest.

Before the last Ice Age a forest stood here. As the ice sheets moved across the landscape the forest was demolished. On this hilltop, above Loch Na Fooey, the stumps of the trees have been preserved in the peat bog that now covers the area.

During a summer warm spell the water level in this small lake has retreated a little and on the dry bed the ancient forest becomes visible once more.
Prints from Loch Na Fooey are available, from my Red Bubble Page.

Europe / Ireland

Lat: 53° 34' 53.17" N
Long: 10° 30' 47.02" W

Elevation: 300 metres

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Precision is: Medium. Nearby, but not to the last decimal.

Shot with a Canon EOS 5D, Zenitar 16mm fisheye f/2.8 lens. The camera was mounted on a Kaiden Kiwi panorama adapter on a Manfrotto 190XDB tripod.

Horizontal photographs were taken at 60° angles and also a ground and sky shot. Each "shot" consisted of three bracketed exposures.

A total of 27 separate images were combined using Hugin in order to achieve this High Dynamic Range type result.

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