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International Year of Forests (January 1st, 2011 - December 31st, 2013)

Walker Young

Tree Spirit Pagoda, Alishan — 阿里山 樹靈塔

Robin Wilson

Forest of Birse

Aberdeenshire, Scotland, UK

November 26, 2011, 11.30 GMT

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Caption

The underlying bedrock of the Forest of Birse is granite, from which most of the soil in the area is derived. However, a thick layer of peat has formed over many of the higher hills, creating extensive areas of blanket bog. Historically, a 'forest' was an uncultivated area set aside for hunting and was not necessarily wooded, and indeed heather moorland is the principal habitat in the Forest of Birse. However, native pine woodland has regenerated across approximately 5 square kilometres of the northern slopes of the Forest of Birse since the Second World War. There are also fragments of riparian woodland along many of the watercourses of the forest, containing a diverse range of native trees including downy birch (Betula pubescens), hazel (Corylus avellana), aspen (Populus tremula) and holly (Ilex aquifolium).

Location

Europe / UK-Scotland

Lat: 57° 3' 53.24" N
Long: 2° 49' 18.86" W

Elevation: 2500

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Precision is: Unknown / Undeclared.

Equipment

Canon 350D with Sigma 8mm. Stitched with: PTMac

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