Podlasie. Fire Fox from Biebrza / Ognisty lis znad Biebrzy

“Stop, stay!”, replies she, “my lad so lofty, My father old said, I’ll remind: Nightingale’s grace is in man’s voice, But foxiness in his heart”. Adam Mickiewicz – “Świtezianka” “Stój, stój – odpowie – hardy młokosie Pomnę, co ojciec rzekł stary: Słowicze dźwięki w mężczyzny głosie, A w sercu lisie zamiary”. Adam Mickiewicz – “Świtezianka” A fox doesn’t get good press in Polish culture. It … Continue reading Podlasie. Fire Fox from Biebrza / Ognisty lis znad Biebrzy

Podlasie. Nests Level Hard / Gniazda dla zaawansowanych

Spotting it was very hard. Even when Kasia pointed out the exact direction we should be looking at, the search brought us more shame than effect. Couple of people continued to unproductively stare at thicket by the road. Still, we were unsuccessful. Eurasian penduline’s nest differs entirely from other nests built by birds coming to Poland to breed. Pendulines usually hang them on thin tree … Continue reading Podlasie. Nests Level Hard / Gniazda dla zaawansowanych

Podlasie. Stork Pilgrims from Pentowo / Bociani pielgrzymi z Pentowa

“To see a first stork in flight – year will be busy and successful” – a Polish prophecy Year 1991. A huge storm passed over Pentowo, a tiny village in Podlasie, not far from the city of Tykocin. In the blink of an eye, the surrounding area changes drastically – torn roofs, destroyed orchards and broken trees. Yet there is one glimmer of hope in … Continue reading Podlasie. Stork Pilgrims from Pentowo / Bociani pielgrzymi z Pentowa

Podlasie. Ruffs’ third sex / Trzecia płeć batalionów

“Every Human is born a woman or a man. Becomes a woman or a man at the time of one’s conception and remains such until the end of one’s life”. The above is a main statement behind the groups of  “gender ideology” adversaries, for whom the concept of social or cultural sex is a crime against God’s world order and a crime against nature. Today, … Continue reading Podlasie. Ruffs’ third sex / Trzecia płeć batalionów

Podlasie. Dogwood Pond / Dereniowy staw

Surroundings of the Osowiec stronghold, which now acts as headquarters of Biebrza National Park, is a land which might as well be a background for tales and legends. From the azure waters of Biebrza surface yellow marigolds, and the trees frocking up for Spring in green leaves get blot out by bloody red sprouts of dogwood. It may be hard to believe and accept the fact … Continue reading Podlasie. Dogwood Pond / Dereniowy staw

Podlasie. The Chronicles of Narew / Opowieści z Narwi

Narew isn’t by any means a hospitable river. For many ages its swampy valley was a world of its own, intact, undiscovered. Noways it is still barely accessible and its main current is hidden under the shadows of reed stands for the bigger part of the year. Spring is the best season to come here. Narew valley then transforms into horizon reaching flood plains and … Continue reading Podlasie. The Chronicles of Narew / Opowieści z Narwi

Zalipie. Paint Me a Meadow / Namaluj mi łąkę

A thick smoke filled the room. It eddied along its walls lazily floating towards the attic where it could find a way out through the roof. A woman got up, opened wide cottage’s only window, coughed silently and again slowly walked towards the stove. There, in its lovely heat, on a bench, nestled in a straw covered old coat lied a big black cat. Also … Continue reading Zalipie. Paint Me a Meadow / Namaluj mi łąkę

Kraków. Christmas szopking / Świąteczny szopking

From my childhood, I remember a stroll we made with my parents the other day at Christmas, to the Krakow main market square. Beautifully decorated Christmas trees, the fairy lamps adorning Sukiennice and the Christmas markets were only a background for the true, undiscovered treasures waiting for us in each of the Krakow’s churches. Our main goal was to see szopkas* (nativity scenes), as many … Continue reading Kraków. Christmas szopking / Świąteczny szopking

Białowieża. One last glance / Ostatnie spojrzenie

As early as in the XVIIth century a Polish and Swedish king Władysław IV Vasa owned  a manor and  a farm  in Białowieża. The area has also been often visited by Augustus III of Poland as well as Alexander III of Russia. Today it is a tourist center for numerous guests visiting Białowieża National Reserve as well as Podlasie. Is there any of us who … Continue reading Białowieża. One last glance / Ostatnie spojrzenie

Grabarka. The holy mountain of a thousand crosses / Święta góra tysiąca krzyży

The year is 1710. An epidemic of Cholera spreads out in a village of Siemiatycze. Its dwellers try to protect themselves by hiding deep within forests nearby. Death takes its cruel toll however. In the meantime, a certain old man dreams of a hill nearby – Grabarka, which is supposed to be a rescue for the suffering. According to the legend, some 10 thousand people follow him up … Continue reading Grabarka. The holy mountain of a thousand crosses / Święta góra tysiąca krzyży