Carpathian beech forests

Carpathian beech forests in the Silesian Beskids

The Carpathians are reknown for their relatively large percentage of natural and semi-natural forests, occurring either in higher elevations or in areas of rugged topography with very limited access. Almost all natural and semi-natural forests of the Western Carpathians are now protected in nature reserves and national parks. The montane zone, between 600 and 1100 m in the north and between 650 and 1450 m in the south is dominated by two major species: European beech (Fagus sylvatica) and silver fir (Abies alba). In most areas beech is mixed with silver fir, Norway spruce (Picea abies), and sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus). Nearly pure Carpathian beech forests (Fagetum carpaticum) dominate the montane zone in some mountain ranges in the Western and Eastern Carpathians (Bukovské Vrchý, Bieszczady). (See: Wordwildlife)


  1. fabulous forest, love the second image.

  2. I love the atmosphere with the light shining through the trees.

  3. Beautiful photos! I'm partial to your Croatia series because I call it home. Vacationed in Kastel Gomilica last year :) Thanks for linking up at Thursday Favorite Things, can't wait to see what you'll share next week! Hugs!

  4. Hello, beautiful forest and images. Lovely captures! Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

  5. love the scenery and photos, this is my sort of place to explore :-)

  6. Beautiful place and exquisite and creative photography! ~

    Happy Week to you ~ ^_^

  7. Such an inviting path with the fresh green.

  8. Beautiful forest and the sunlight falling on them. How lovely!

  9. fabulous forest, both images a beautiful.

  10. I haven't been on a forest in a long time! You photos make me want to visit one soon.


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