August 11, 2014

Maramureș, Romania

Photograph by Marzena O., National Geographic Your Shot

A young shepherd diligently guides his flock through the red-roofed valley of Maramureș in northwestern Romania. Villages such as the one pictured are known for their unique wooden churches with spindly spires and elaborate wood carvings. To celebrate the neighboring woodland and forests—which account for four-fifths of the land in the region—many homes feature intricate wood carvings on their eaves, entryways, and windows.

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