Today is International Mountain Day.
The United Nations has designated this day to creating awareness about the importance of mountains to life. And this year the theme is Mountains and Forests.
Mountain forests are not only the habitat of numerous endangered species, but are also essential sources of timber for local people. Forest management is therefore critical to the protection of woodland globally.
Since the Alps are only a couple of hundred kilometres away (on a very clear day you can sometimes even see them from a nearby hill), I felt this day is worth a mention here.
I love travelling to the mountains, at any time of year. Here are a few of my favourite photos taken over the last few summers.
The view from Mount Jenner near Lake Koenigssee
The Risstal valley, just over the Austrian border
Early morning mist rising over Lake Koenigssee
The view from the Rossfeldstrasse toll road near Berchtesgaden/Salzburg
Lake Fernsteinsee, Austrian side of the Zugspitz Mountain