vineri, 30 septembrie 2011

bucegi mountains - malaiesti valley in winter

located in central Romania, the Bucegi mountains are part of the southern Carpathians. The highest peak of the Bucegi mountains in the Omul peak with 2505 meters (8218 feet). The plateau can be reached by cable car or with the car, which makes it a popular tourist attraction. There the weather and time have shaped some rocks into peculiar shapes which resemble mushrooms or the head of the sphinx.

The Malaiesti valley is situated on the north-eastern part of the mountain range. It is only accessible by foot and in winter you will have to take the longer access path as the shorter one is too dangerous.
In the Malaiesti valley you can find accommodation at the Malaiesti Chalet. There you can also have something to eat. From this chalet you can take various trips and you can reach the peak in about 2,5 hours (it can take longer in winter).

It is not uncommon to meet bears in these mountains, so it might be a good idea to travel in larger groups and make some noise if you find yourself here in any other season than winter.

All the pictures from this post are shot with the nikon D90 body and the nikon 18-105mm lens.

view from the access road to the Malaiesti Valley

the last rays of the sun cast spectacular colors onto the peaks

the Malaiesti valley in the morning, seen from the entrance to the Malaiesti chalet

Some of the pictures above are featured in my photography
book published by blurb. It can be ordered online on their site.

joi, 8 septembrie 2011

the Ciucas mountains

Although not a very high mountain, its highest peak being 1957 meters, the Ciucas mountain is a very picturesque place.

Four natural reserves are located on this area. A wide range of wildlife can be found here. Here are the most important: bear, fox, deer, wild boar, wild cat, marten, squirrel, chamoix, nightingale, finch, rock butterfly, hawk, eagle, golden eagle, the common viper and the small mountain lizard.

  Many of the rocks have different names as "Goliat" for example or "the old lady", as time, water and wind shaped them into many interesting shapes. I'm sure anyone can find resemblances to different things as soon as they give them an attentive look.


you can find a few more pictures from the Ciucas mountains here

photos done with nikon D90 body,  nikon 18-200 lens and Kenko circular polarizing filter.

Check out my photography book published by blurb.
It can be ordered online on their site.