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Mirowskie Rocks in Polish Jurassic Highland

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The Mirowskie Rocks or Mirów­-Bobolice Ridge are a part of the Kraków-Częstochowa Upland (aka. Polish Jurassic Highland) in southern Poland. The Mirowskie Rocks extend over a distance of less than 2 km between two picturesque castles in Bobolice (in the east) and Mirów (in the west). The range is formed by impressive outcroppings, in which there are karst caves. The area is covered with pine forests and xerotherm grasslands.
The medieval strongholds in Mirów and Bobolice belong to the most interesting in Polish Jura and looks like white ships sailing through the expanse of green of trees. The minor distance between the two strongholds means that a view of both castles can be relished from the Mirowskie Rocks. The area is a great treat for climbing enthusiasts, and an ideal place to walking with the whole family.



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Hornbeam Alley in Złocieniec

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Złocieniec, the city in Middle Pomerania (north-western Poland), offers several tourist atractions, but the most interesting is Hornbeam Alley in the city park. The park was created in the early 18th century and belonged to the family von Griesheim. The current name (Park Żubra - Żuber's Park) comes from the Jan Żuber - first post-war protector of park. The Hornbeam Alley is created by the 83 historic trees with specially shaped crowns. They form a kind of canopy - the gate. The most interesting is fusion of two tree trunks at a height of about two meters over the ground.

Zadar - "Little Rome" in Croatia

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Croatian city of Zadar is a historical centre of Dalmatia. It has a rich history dating from prehistoric times. In 33 BC Zadar became the part of Roman province of Illyricum. From the early days of Roman rule, Zadar gained its Roman urban character and developed into one of the most flourishing centres on the eastern Adriatic coast. The town was organised according to the typical Roman street system with a rectangular street plan, a forum, thermae, a sewage and water supply system that came from lake Vrana, by way of a 40 kilometres long aqueduct. The aqueduct is partially preserved, and some remains may be seen outside the ramparts.
The town was fortified and the city walls with towers and gates were built. On the western side of the town were the forum, the basilica and the temple, while outside the town were the amphitheatre and cemeteries. The largest Forum Romanum on the eastern side of the Adriatic is partially preserved. The forum is the name given to all main squares in the c…

Eilean Donan - most picturesque castle in Scotland

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Eilean Donan (Scottish Gaelic: Eilean Donnain) is a small island, which lies about 1 kilometre from the village of Dornie in the western Highlands of Scotland. The name Eilean Donan, or island of Donan, is most probably called after the 6th century Irish Saint, Bishop Donan who came to Scotland around 580 AD. The island is dominated by the picturesque castle. Some people say Eilean Donan is the most beautiful castle in Scotland. It was founded in the thirteenth century, and became a stronghold of the Clan Mackenzie and the Clan Macrae.
In 1719 the castle was destructed by British ships, during the Jacobite rebellions. In the 19th century Lieutenant-Colonel John Macrae-Gilstrap reconstructed the castle. The castle was rebuilt according to the surviving ground plan of earlier phases. The details of the present castle differ from its original appearance. The restoration included the construction of an arched bridge to give easier access to the island. A picturesque castle frequently…

Simplicity

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There are several ways to achieve simplicity in a photograph. The most easy form is to place the subject against a neutral background like a backdrop or the sky. The second way to simplify an image is to simply get closer to your subject. The another way to increase the impact of an image is through careful use of color. Images with simpler color palettes are often more effective. There are other more complex techniques available, but all you need to do is remember to keep it simple. Your photos will be better as a result.



Nature waking up from hibernation

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In Poland spring begins in March and, although initially, it is rather cold, as the days progress it gets warmer. This is when vegetation season begins. Considered as typical of Poland is the occurrence of forespring season, which comes at the transition from winter to spring and is characterised by changeable weather and, apart from rains, fleeting snowfalls. Forespring is associated with the earliest plant phenomena, for instance, the flowering of the earliest perennials as well as of trees and shrubs that are still leafless. Early spring, beginning with the flowering of trees and shrubs that simultaneously develop leaves.




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