Birch trees, Drammen, Norway  

Birch trees, Drammen, Norway

Surrounded by forests and embraced by fjords, the Norwegian port city of Drammen is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Birch trees flourish at high altitudes, making them a natural fit for the mountainous region. When autumn arrives, their leaves transform into a mosaic of gold and crimson, in stark contrast to their pale, slender trunks. Long associated with new beginnings and renewal, birch trees don"t just look good, they provide a home and sustenance for wildlife, and can be used for firewood and in construction.

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