Cypress trees are a common site along the sides of roads in Tuscany - so common that they have become known as the 'Tuscan Cypress tree'. These tall and green leafy Cypress trees line one of the gravel roads leading up to the historic town of Pienza, which is a fairly small town that many people visit for its architecture and historical roots.
Cypress trees have been in Tuscany for a long time, but people who have studied them think that they didn't originate in Tuscany - that they were brought over from Syria or Persia a few thousand years ago. They grow tall and strong and they don't lose their leaves in winter. They like the sunny open spaces of Tuscany and they grow well in the soil that is common there, even the clay based soil that can also be found there.
When tourists rent a car and drive through Tuscany they will often come across roads such as this one with Cypress trees lining either one side or both sides and the roads are not even paved - they are often just gravel roads like this one. The landscape is beautiful however and Tuscany is known for its fabulous scenery.
I photographed this photo with the digital SLR camera model Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, aperture of f/8.0, exposure time of 1/160 sec. on ISO 100, as always I used a original Canon Lens, the focus lenght for this picture was 16mm.
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