Biebrza National Park / Biebrzański Park Narodowy

Photos from Biebrza National Park have no need for an introduction, description or historical background which is often a vital part of my posts. I am very curious whether there is someone who will resist adding Biebrza valley to his or her bucket list (in case it is not there already). Good luck. Zdjęcia z Biebrzańskiego Parku Narodowego nie potrzebują wprowadzenia, opisu ani nawet rysu … Continue reading Biebrza National Park / Biebrzański Park Narodowy

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

Cuzama. Underground Court of Xibalba / Podziemny dwór Xibabla

Would you be brave enough like Aga, to descent deep below the earth through a hole almost of the size of yourself?  All this while knowing each step down the ladder brings you closer to hell? Its Mexican name Xibalba gets often translated as “a place of fear”. The roads towards it leads through cenotes, underground lakes which are a natural frontier between the world … Continue reading Cuzama. Underground Court of Xibalba / Podziemny dwór Xibabla

Coba. Raiders of the Lost Civilization / Poszukiwacze zaginionej cywilizacji.

From the top of the ancient pyramid in Cobá the jungle reminds me of a gigantic green carpet. The trees sway in the wind as if their branches were meant to protect the Mayan city  from hungry eyes of travellers. They are doing a good job so far. Although it is hard to believe, in the city sprawling on the huge area of 80km2 men … Continue reading Coba. Raiders of the Lost Civilization / Poszukiwacze zaginionej cywilizacji.

Ouzoud. Macaque’s Waterfalls / Małpie wodospady

Ouzoud in a Berber language literally means “an act of grinding grain”.  But the Moroccans do not come here for bread. Though a dozen of old mills are still operational, the real highlight of Ouzoud are its waterfalls. 600 meters deeps canyon seems unreachable at first, but it fast turns out that taking a pleasant road covered in olive trees will take you all the … Continue reading Ouzoud. Macaque’s Waterfalls / Małpie wodospady