Alone in Color


A lone beech tree in the Hayedo de Montejo in Madrid, Spain, shows it’s autumn colors, while the rest of the forest seems to be colored in black and white. The Hayedo de Montejo is quite unique in that it is one of the southern-most “hayedos” or beechwood forests in the continent of Europe, due to its geographically-unique shape and location. In the fall, visitors flock to the Hayedo de Montejo to be able to see the changing colors of the leaves. We are lucky to be able to see it today since before protective measures were introduced, the hayedo almost disappeared due to overzealous logging and fire-wood collection. Thankfully, today it is well-protected: the number of visitors is limited, and all visitors must be accompanied by an official tour guide.


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