6 days ago
Not in the Swiss Alps, this is in the Middle East. The shepherd's hut was photographed on a summer morning of Alborz Mountains in Iran. The humidty from from the nearby Caspian Sea is blocked by this massive mountain range and formed a large band of dense vegetation known as Caspian Hyrcanian forest. Unfortunately this unique habitat is shrinking fast due to human impact and poor management. The entire forest (55000 sq km), extending to Azerbaijan, is under Unesco World Heritage tentative list. The Caspian Tiger once roamed these mountains, now extinct. Other large mammals here are the Caucasus Leopard, lynx, brown bear, wild boar, wolf, golden jackal, jungle cat, badger, and otter. This is a scanned negative from a wonderful hiking trip in 1998.
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