During our trip through the northern Europe I have seen something that I don't understand. I was always under impression, that in a harsh climate - that is up in the mountains, or up North - coniferous trees are those best suited to live in the place and hence they should dominate the landscape. However, it turned out to be wrong - at least in the places we have seen. Northern Scandinavia was dominated by some kind of birch. Lower than the birch that grows further south, and with slightly twisted branches, still a birch. Baffles me. Expected: Seen: Second picture was taken further north than the first one, and it was not an accidental place where birch dominated - that was the general trend.