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Rural Idyll

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Some day, somewhere in the Gürbetal (Gürbe valley), Canton of Bern, Switzerland.



Rural areas or the country or countryside are areas of land that are not urbanized, though when large areas are described, country towns and smaller cities will be included. They have a low population density, and typically much of the land is devoted to agriculture and there may be less air and water pollution than in an urban area. The degree to which areas of wilderness are included in the term varies; very large wilderness areas are not likely to be described by the term in most contexts.


In most parts of the world rural areas have been declining since the 19th century or earlier, both as a proportion of land area, and in terms of the proportion of the population living in them. Urbanization encroaches on rural land, and the mechanization of agriculture has reduced the number of workers needed to work the land, while alternative employment is typically easier to obtain in cities. In parts of the developed world urban sprawl has greatly reduced the areas that can be called rural, and land use planning measures are used to protect the character of rural areas in various ways.

[Source: Wikipedia]


Canon EOS 60D

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

Aperture: f/8

Exposure time: 1/320s

Focal length: 75mm

ISO Speed: 100

Processed with PS CS5

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Taken on March 26, 2012