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Toothpick Forest
Photograph by Peter Essick

In the Ural Mountains, near the Arctic edge of Russia’s boreal zone, trees face a struggle just to grow into respectable kindling. With forests ranging from lowland spruce and birch to mountainside thickets of elfin fir, Yugyd Va National Park covers some 4.67 million acres (two million hectares)—an area more than twice the size of Yellowstone National Park in the United States.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Canon EOS 1N
Film Type: Fuji Provia
Lens: 17-35mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/15 @ f/1
Weather Conditions: Snowing
Time of Day: Late afternoon
Lighting Techniques: N/A


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