Harghita Mountains of Romania

August 10, 2013

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Photographer: Robert Nuncio
Summary Authors: Robert Nuncio; Jim Foster

During the Dog Days of summer, in the Northern Hemisphere, a snow cover scene seems particularly refreshing. The photo above shows the Harghita Mountains in central Romania following a major snowfall. This range extends in a more or less north-south direction for approximately 50 mi (80 km) and is part of the Eastern Carpathians. Madarasi Harghita, at 5,909 ft (1,801 m), is the tallest peak. At the time this photo was snapped Eastern Europe was experiencing record-breaking cold and some of the heaviest snowfalls anyone could remember. A few days later parts of Romania’s mountains and highlands were blanketed by about 15 ft (4.5 m) of snow. During the winter season here, skiing has become a popular tourist attraction. Proximity to winter and spring storm tracks, permits the highest ski resorts to remain open until early May in some years. Photo taken on February 1, 2012.

Photo details: Camera Model: Canon PowerShot A400; Focal Length: 13.2mm; Aperture: f/5.6; Exposure Time: 0.0010 s (1/1000).