Out of my living room I see forested mountain slopes. They are steep and, as the crow flies, only 4km away.
So I get to see, up close and personal, the seasonal changes of the forest trees.
High up on the slopes is a forest of evergreen conifers–they climb right up to the tree line, the elevation above which trees no longer grow.
Lowest on the slopes is a forest of deciduous trees–the ones that lose their leaves every winter.
In between is mountain forest of mixed deciduous and evergreen.
From this distance, I rarely see color change in the evergreen conifers.
But the deciduous, that is another story. This time of year as the new spring growth just about reaches full size–their color is a brilliant chartreuse.
As summer sets in, they become darker green and much less obvious in my vision.
I have included 3 images of that mountain forest for you to examine the difference between deciduous and evergreen in a south facing, northern Swiss Alp forest.
- From a distance
- Close up
If you get into the landscape and discoveries, you might enjoy reading my recent novel, Tangier Gardens.