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|Rondane National Park in Norway is the oldest national park in Norway, established on December 21, 1962. The Rondane covers an area of 572 sq.km of which about a third is in the high alpine zone, that is above about 1300m). |
The impressive Rondane mountains, 600 million years of age, which once rose from a lifeless sea. An area where foldings of the earth'crust, glacial epochs and erosions have left mighty and dramatic, while at the same time rounded and, in fact, rather friendly forms.
It is a typical Central Mountain area, presenting a large zone of almost unbroken upland.
It is relatively dry, being in the rain shadow of the major coastal ranges and, the park contains a number of peaks above 2000 metres, with the highest being Rondslottet at an altitude of 2178 metres. There are no glaciers.
It is a popular area for hiking, and all may be climbed by people in ordinary good shape. Mysuseter, HÝvringen and Grimsdalen are all important gateways.
Parts of the area are outstanding for wildlife and both the flora and fauna are protected in reserves.
The high mountain terrain is sparse and rocky, and dominated by lichen and heather.
Flora and Fauna.
In the belt of Rondane there are observed about 124 arts of birds and 28 arts of mammal, of this 20 established, 240 arts of higher plants, 160 arts of mass, and 160 arts of higher liches. Rondane is one of the few places in Scandinavia and Europe where wild reindeer (as opposed to the domestic breed) are found. The Directorate for Nature Management regards Rondane as "especially important as a life supporting area for the native reindeer". It is estimated that approximately 2000 to 4000 reindeer live in Rondane and the nearby Dovre area. To protect the reindeer population in their core area, during the llast ten years hiking trails have been moved. The park was also enlarged in 2003 to provide increased protection for the reindeer.Other large game, including roe deer and elk (moose) are commonplace along the rims of the park and occasionally musk ox from Dovre can be seen.
The reindeer largely rely on the lichen and reindeer moss that grow together with heather and hardy grass on the quite arid and nutrient-poor stony plateaus. The lichen provide food for the reindeer, but also fertilize the earth, making it possible for less hardy plants to grow, and mice and lemmings to feed. One of the flower species to survive very well is the Glacier Crowfoot found up to 1700 metres.
Here you have a good impression of the landscape as described. The moss and lichens are all covering the mountains, sometimes with the right light fall it is giving beautiful effects.
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- [2007-01-08 17:46]
Very nice scenery, warm and beautiful colours, sharp taken and well composed. Good job!!!
Even though I've lived in Norway for the past 2 years I've never been there. Seeing a picture like this makes me wonder why not... It look very rough but peaceful up there.
- [2007-01-08 20:28]
Very nice moonscape-like area. I like very much the dim colours and play of shadow and sun on the hills. Also the note is interesting to read!
Dit lijkt wel een schilderij. De verschillende kleuren en vormen zijn er bijzonder. Zoals je schijft, het licht maakt de foto erg bijzonder. Een mooie compositie met erg mooi detail.
- [2007-01-09 8:18]
I like a lot this kind of nude landscapes. You caught the picture in a marvellous subtil light showing beautiful nuanced colouration.
This is interesting because the landscape is so unique. The softness of the colors and textures and values are nice.
Evelynn : )
Strong diagonal composition!
This is a harsh landscape, summer but even more so in winter as the vegetation is scarse...
Interesting light brings life and pleasant colours!