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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Zemplén mountains, Hungary (Tokajer Gebirge, Ungarn) (Zempléni-hegység, Magyarország) 10.2009., 08.2010.

The Zemplén mountains (also Tokaj mountains) is a mountain range in North-East Hungary, famous for its culture, its many medieval stone castles and its interesting fauna and flora influenced by the Carpathian mountains, and last, but not least, for its viper population. In 2009, October was very nice and with some friends, we took a trip there, to the peaceful mountain villages of Hejce and Mogyoróska and to the ruins of the Regéc Castle, built around 1300.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Slovakia: Spiš (Slowakei: Zips) (Szlovákia: Szepesség) 02.2010.

In February, 2010 we participated on a whole-day long trip in East Slovakia, from Spišské Vlachy to Spišské Podhradie through Žehra: about 12 kilometers all in 20-30 cm snow. Due to the cloudy weather I only took a few photos. But actually, the grey background fit the old and impressive Spiš Castle, the destination of our hiking trail.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Miskolc Zoo, Hungary (Wildpark von Miskolc, Ungarn) (Miskolci Vadaspark, Magyarország) 01.2010.

The last time I visited the Zoo of Miskolc was in January 2010. This zoo, situated in the Bükk mountains, shows many native bird and mammal species (among exotic ones). Most of them have quite big and natural open ranges. I took my Sigma 70-300 lens with me and made some sample photos with it of the native animals. Here are some of them.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Romania, Bihor mountains. (Rumänien, Bihor-Gebirge) (Románia, Bihar-hegység) 09.2010.

Back in September, 2010 we took part on a trip organised by the university to the Bihor mountains, to complete the Galbena Tour in the Apuseni Nature Park, a quite strenuous one that lasted more than 10 hours to complete (for infos on this tour, see for example this page. It involves some climbing on cables!). As this trip was rather for hiking than for photography, I only took my Fujifilm HS10 (with the Raynox DCR-250 macro lens) with me and I made only a few photos. Nevertheless, the Bihor mountains proved to be a very exciting place with a remarkable fauna. This area is part of the Apuseni Mountains, a mountain range that is isolated from the rest of the Carpathians. The Nortern part of these mountains are fold mountains, the Southern parts were created due to vulcanic activity.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Vienna, Austria (Wien, Österreich) (Bécs, Ausztria) 03.2012.

I am spending the beginning of the year in Vienna, and in this first post from there I am writing about some early spring plants and animals observed and photographed inside the city. Most of them are well known, yet some are mostly unnoticed despite being almost ubiquitous.