Still in the Slovak Paradise we decided to have a bit more relaxed day ( most of our clothing needed to dry anyway ) and take a look at a small town’s architecture. For that, we needed to cross the mountains on a very, very winding very small road, which turned into one mass of fog during the night, when we were coming back.
This scenery is in the way from Stratená to Dobšiná, the Ice Cave, and this was the exact location where we found some bear footprints on the ground. I was pretty scared to stop taking pictures, but the view was just too majestic to leave it behind without at least trying capturing it.
Whenever I have the chance to visit a “proper” pine woodland I try to find the small streams, hidden in the depth of the forest. It usually involves getting off the trails ( although finding the trails in the Slovak Paradise might be a problem in itself ), so take a compass and a map with you ( preferably an army or a satellite map as well ) if you plan to go deep.
After we've experienced one of the heaviest rains I've ever seen the firs slowly started to appear from the mist.
I had to ask Nora to hold my rain poncho over the camera and the tripod while I took the picture, since the rain was still falling and the D80 is, unfortunately, no weather sealed enough for this.
The Slovak Paradise is a mountain area in Slovakia, Central Europe. We visited it in the summer ( I know, the pictures look like it’s autumn ) and had some wonderful trip around.
We even found some bear footprints which is pretty frightening when the two of you are alone on the woods, so be careful with hiking here :)