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A view from the highest Alpine road in Slovenia, leading to the Mt. Mangart flats at 2.200 m altitude. Autumns in the Julian Alps at tree-level, between 1.700 and 1.900 m altitude, are so beautiful to the great extent because of wonderful golden coloring of Larix decidua tree (European Larch). The closest North American species is Larix laricina - Tamarack growing lower. Both species shed their needles in the fall - an unusual trait among cone-bearing trees.

Scanned by Nikon CoolScan IV-ED. Cropped. Sky blurred 1 pix radius at 4.000 pix picture width and darkened a bit. Resampled to 700 pix width. Contrast in the foreground enhanced using Curves. Sharpened using Unsharp mask tool 65% level, 1 pix radius, except the sky and mountains (masked off by hand painted mask, 20 pix feathered). JPEG level 41 (Corel Photo paint notation).

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