Germany 2017, day 1

Last year, taking advantage of some free days at the beginning of May I took a trip to Bavaria region in Germany. It was a lovely few days, I wish only the weather was a little bit better. On our first day we took rack railway to get to Zugspitze, highest mountain in Germany - 2962 m a.s.l. The view from above was stunning. It was probably the highest I've ever been. After going down we took a walk around lake Eibsee, which is situated just below the mountain (and is also visible from above).

I am preparing photo book for myself from this trip, so it's a good opportunity to upload photos. :)

Pstraze

Late in 2016 I went to visit Pstrąże, given rumours that it is being demolished (which was true). It's an old village, in Dolnoslaskie voivodeship, first mentioned in 1305. It was your usual village up until 1905 when it was modernized for the needs of German army. They built barracks, stables, provided bridge with railway connection (which is now the main entrance to the city for the explorers). After year 1945 the village was seized by Russians and used as military base till 1992. Russians change the name to Strachów (Страхув) for the time they were in charge. When Russian army left it fell under control of Polish army, which is patrolling the area till today. In late 2016, local administration started to demolish old living flats that were constructed by the Russians. Older, German buildings were left intact, for the time being. This village is sometimes referred as "Polish Pripyat".

Bystrzyckie mountains

So this Sunday I took advantage of a lovely, spring weather and decided to go hiking. I picked up Bystrzyckie mountains, as this is the region I rarely visit. The weather was amazing, just recently I was still wearing my winter jacket. The amount of snow was a little too much though, I ended too many times up above my knees in the snow. Photos aren't anything special, but here they are..

European Bison

This years trip to Białowieża was in far less extreme weather conditions. Considering last year temperatures (below -20*C), this was almost a tropic with temperatures being around 0*C. I didn't have much luck with bison. We found early in the day 2 bulls feasting on the haystack, which is not very photogenic. Later that day we found two bigger herds and one of them was pretty far away and really not cooperative, started going away as we tried to approach it. The second one was more human-friendly. Most of the photos comes from the last encounter.

Still waiting for my shot of fighting bisons. Almost got one this time. ;)