Friday, September 21, 2012

Tuscany. Fog over the hills surrounding the beautiful town of Arezzo at sunrise.

More pictures from my 2-weeks stay in Italy to follow.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

The biggest Polish lake - Śniardwy (area: nearly 114 km2, shallow - 23.4 m in the deepest place) located in the north-east of the country. I took these pictures from its southern shore during my evening walk at the beginning of May this year.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012
And puffins yet again.
A man on guard and his lady.

And puffins yet again.

A man on guard and his lady.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Puffins for today.
Queuing for the fish?

Puffins for today.

Queuing for the fish?

Monday, April 16, 2012

Puffins

Place: Mykines / Faroe Islands

They look a bit like penguins, but through the space of time they managed to keep the ability their distant cousins have lost – the ability to fly.

However, they are no hawks or eagles: their wings look too small to carry them, their bodies - too big and too fat to make them able to soar in the skies. Their body structure makes it impossible for them to take off into the air straight from the ground and so they found a way to deal with the problem: they go to the cliffs and jump from the edge.

With their massive physique and the love to live in the ground holes, they remind Tolkien’s hobbits to some extent. And just like hobbits, they don’t like strangers. That’s why they choose remote places to live, where humans would not disturb them in their asylum.

These pictures were taken on a tiny island (or rather a rock sticking out from the sea) called Mykines Holmur - a part of Faroe Island. The tiny island of Mykines (the westernmost island of the 18 island of the Faroe Archipelago - map above) is inhabited by a minimal number of men and is visited by tourists or people from the main Faroe islands mostly in search of wild birds. The access is limited and is possible only by a small boat when the sea is calm, or by helicopter. You have to be careful then - if you’re unlucky, you can go to Mykines when the weather is nice and get stuck there, if the storm comes and no boat is able to come and pick you. Then you can meet another problem that is lack of food as the stock for the only shop on the island is brought by boat as well. How I know this…? Guess ;).

Mykines Holmur is connected with Mykines by a narrow bridge. The only building there is a lighthouse and the only inhabitants - birds with the majority of puffins. Because humans are not common guests there, puffins (normally shy) do not escape from people too much which gives you a good opportunity to take some interesting shots. All you have to do is stay quiet and lie in the grass for some time. Lots of fun when it doesn’t rain. And just so you know - it almost always rains at the Faroe Islands ;).

Thursday, April 12, 2012

The butterfly tussles desperately on the window, trying to get out to the sun. What he doesn’t know is that he should be happy to even be alive. This picture was taken in late October, when there were already no butterflies around. This one woke up as we lit the fire to heat the house for the weekend, magnanimously and surprisingly giving him a few more moments of his short and fragile life. In return, he provided us with the last glimpse of summer that had been already gone.

Masuria Region / Northeastern Poland.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Islas Cies, Spain - tumblr test picture ;))

Islas Cies, Spain - tumblr test picture ;))