November 1, 2013, All Saints' Day.
Between Le Markstein (photo), a winter sports resort in the Vosges mountains, and Le Grand Ballon, the apex of the Vosges Mountains, in the French region of Alsace.
In a hight of approx.1200 m above mean sea level, the autunm was much more advanced compared to the surrounding lowlands - the Rhine valley.
In this height, the growth and thriving of the mountain trees is quite different from what we are used to have in lowlands.
On our hike in Grand Ballon direction we cut across a small forrest with wonderful knobby trees, most of them were beeches. Depending on their location, some of them already lost all of the leaves whereas some of them still had their foliage.
"The Black Beech"...
...and its sister!
"The Dark Flame"
"The Green Arrow"
Finally: outlook to the Vosges mountains.
Enjoy your November!