Bömerwald in winter

While the spring flowers are blooming in the valley, there is still winter in the mountains. The forest Böhmerwald is covered with winter white. A few years ago, there was dense, tall forest until the bark beetles attacked the trees. The dead trees form peculiar sculptures, staggering into the depths of space to the horizon.
One could be saddened by the dying of so many trees. And yet - new trees are growing again. And the thinned forest has its own aesthetic. The view is now clear up to the horizon. And the tree skeletons have their own bizarre beauty.
magical
posted March 11th, 2018  
Fav straight away:)
posted March 11th, 2018  
Stunning landscape, the inclusion of the person and the dog really gives a sense of scale.
posted March 11th, 2018  
Amazing landscape and the view off to the left looks incredible
posted March 11th, 2018  
Beautiful
posted March 11th, 2018  
This is a beautiful image. I’m sure sorry about the insect devastation for your forest.
posted March 11th, 2018  
beautiful!
posted March 11th, 2018  
Wonderful perspective on both, the trees and the change that it brings to the forest.
posted March 11th, 2018  
There is such a quiet beauty in this scene. Hopefully this area will once again see lively healthy trees.
posted March 11th, 2018  
Great perspective, depth in this terrific shot
posted March 11th, 2018  
How wonderful to see the beauty of these bare trees now covered in snow. I am glad the new trees are growing, but for now, as you say, the unique scenes of the dead forest have much to offer. I love the crisp white snow, and the blue skies.
posted March 11th, 2018  
FAVtastic :)
posted March 11th, 2018  
It looks very stark
posted March 11th, 2018  
They are like statues everywhere. Eerie.
posted March 12th, 2018  
Like the idea of tree skeletons and their beauty here with the snow - how good to hear that new trees are already starting. Like the inclusion of the man and dog walking among this.
posted March 12th, 2018  
This could be something from an alien planet. What an evironmentalists' nightmare. What measures are being taken to tackle these horrible pests? This shot is such an eloquent statement of the perils of not taking nature seriously.
posted March 12th, 2018  
Amazing capture...Fav.
posted March 12th, 2018  
Stunning! Fav
posted March 12th, 2018  
Wonderful scene and capture.
posted March 12th, 2018  
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Thank you for your kind comments!

The dead trees... We do not like death. We prefer to look at a young, flourishing life. When I saw this area for the first time a few years ago, I was distraught over this sight. I only knew it as dense, high forest, and now: just tree skeletons, reaching to the horizon... a huge cemetery... But now I think differently. Only spruce and fir trees stood here - not a healthy condition. When the trees are under stress - longer droughts, for example, then the trees are weakened. Some say that factories with high pollutant emissions are partly responsible. If that happens in a monoculture, then the bark beetles find a bountiful table. They multiplied rapidly and in less time they had finished the trees to a certain contour line.
I think nature regulates itself. If air quality is burdened by questionable factories, then of course this is a problem. The foresters do not doubt that a new, natural forest grows. But it will take a long time though. And the forest will look different if developing without human interference.
The bizarre tree sculptures have their own aesthetics for me. I find them very interesting. They have their own, austere beauty.
posted March 13th, 2018  
Sad yet so strangely gorgeous too. Otherworldly
posted March 14th, 2018  
@trinda
Thank you, Trinda, for your nice visit!
Yes, there are different, perhaps conflicting feelings that trigger such a sight. But I think the world is to be seen and thought as a whole - like day and night, breathe in and breathe out, warm and cold, light and dark,... One without the other can not exist and not be thought.
posted March 14th, 2018  
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