35 Stubai Farm Road, Austria

(Image, July 1999, © 2005 M. Childers)

The wind, heavy with moisture from the west, seems to paint the Stubai Valley in every shade of green that nature affords. Just below the Stubitaal Glacier, lichens and thick alpine mosses begin to coat the precipitous scree fields. As the valley loses elevation, plants that survive in warmer temperatures flourish. Sedges, willow, alder, and larch give way to conifer forests in the gradual descent.

Glacier-born freshets, rills and cascades become streams, coalescing into a river that flows down to the edge of steep pastures where farmers’ roads weave their way through the verdure toward home.
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