Puszcza Białowieska - day 1

So.. Early this year I went to Puszcza Białowieska to try my wildlife photography on more professional level with hideouts and people who takes care of them - www.wildlifephotography.pl . They offer a wide range of different trips to "shoot" different type of animals. The organization was great and I met some really nice people. I had a bit of bad luck when it comes to weather - it was absolutely freezing cold with temperatures during the day between -17*C and -22*C. If I go next year (and I plan to do so) I will definitely need better shoes.. :) It was nice on one hand - sun on the first day worked really well with small birds at the bird feeder who were there throughout the day. But on the last day, when we were trying to shoot birds of prey it was not that good.

But in general I am very happy that I went there. Of course I was a bit sad that I didn't have better photo equipment, but that's a never ending story, really. I really, really hate the noise on my APSC, but it would be so expensive to switch to FF. :(

So here are some of the best shots I was able to make during day one. Mostly Tits and Woodpeckers. :)

Owl Mountains

Here are some pics from my short hiking trip to the Great Owl (polish "Wielka Sowa"). When you start from Przełęcz Walimska it's really easy to get to the top (which is 1014 metres in altitude). You can see the path in pink colour.

As you can see below, the weather was sunny and warm (well.. for the autumn), but also windy and partially foggy which gave the nice touch to some of the photos. Enjoy! :)

Table Mountains

This weekend, on Saturday, I took a quick trip to the Table Mountains, to Szczeliniec Wielki. Table Mountains is the region I like very much. Peaks are not very high, so you don't have to be in a very good shape to climb them. Forest region is magical with all the rocks and paths between them. This was my third time there. I actually hoped for a little more cloudy weather, but the day turned out to be quite sunny and warm, so no foggy photos that day. ;)

View on the Czech Republic side from the view point, near mountain hostel.

View on the Czech Republic side from the view point, near mountain hostel.

To see this view, you need to climb 665 stairs, but it's definitely worth it. Beautiful both summer and winter (though climbing there in winter can be quite dangerous). The path starts in village Karłów, where you can park your car, and is about 5km long.

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Firstly you just climb stairs in the forest (with some rocks for company) to reach height, then you walk more between rocks, sometimes the path gets very narrow, so I wouldn't advise it for someone with claustrophobia. Good boots are a "nice to have" thing because even during summer, the moisture from the rocks is quite strong so path is always wet somewhere.

I'm back!

I am back from my vacation trip to Sweden. Photos will emerge in next couple of weeks. Here's the first one from city of Malmö. The tall building is called Turning Torso, opened in 2005 after city lost it's previous symbol, which was the Kockums Crane. The city itself is beautiful and very IKEA-ish, but in a good way.

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