This picture was taken in Pang Un, a small village in Mae Hong Son Province, Thailand. Although Thailand is a tropical country, Pang Un is up in the mountains, where the cool climate allows such trees to thrive. The area around Pang Un is a Royal Project site, and the woods there are protected from illegal forestry activities.
Pang Un grows coffee (some of the best I've tasted for that matter), and there are a few guest houses in the village. Our stay left a little to be desired - Even though our team comprised rather outdoors people, we dared not take our boots off at night! Poisonous spiders, snakes, and all manners of insects made the guest house their home, even more so than us humans.
I took the photo on my 30th birthday, while talking a walk with my grandparents, who came to visit from Italy. We met at my parents home, they have two dogs and minutes away this beautiful forest which you can see on the photo. Even though the image looks very dramatic it was pretty warm, and there's nothing better than to spend quality time with your family in nature.
Photograph taken at 09:39am on September 4th 2011 at Beaver Lake, off Beaver Lake Road and the Patricia Bay Highway 17 near Sidney by the sea on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.
Nikon D700 14mm 1/160s f/10.0 iso200
Nikkor AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8G ED IF. Nikon GP-1 GPS.
LATITUDE: N 48d 30m 30.84s
LONGITUDE: W 123d 23m 28.85s