This is one of a series of photographs I took and then played with using Gimp to simplify and minimalize them so that their beauty would be in its essence rather than a confusion of images
Wherever I move out here I encounter life, whether big or small. The ground and air are alive. It amazes me the sheer diversity of life forms which surround me. Slovakia has the most species of butterflies in Europe, and I can’t imagine how many insect species they have.
Well, that’s one of the reasons I’m known as Swampgit….
This buck apparently doesn’t know that hunting season starts in a couple of weeks. I hope he wises up before then as he’s such a regular visitor he might as well be a member of the family
All summer we’ve had a plague of browny orange slugs and we’re really noticing the strange lack of slow worms and fire salamanders this year. However, this is the first slug of this type that i’ve encountered and it’s most definitely phobia inducing. I’m glad that my dog doesn’t eat them. My brother’s did and it was a constant concern about lung worm.
I’ve been waiting for days for a break in the rain so that I can mow the lawn and sort the garden out. I’d also like to ride Feisty before winter comes as she’ll be locked up for months. The sky tonight over the forested hills surrounding the town of Svidnik promise better days to come. I certainly hope so.
I love where my commutes take me, on broken back roads through stunning scenery. Lake Domasa is home to giant catfish..
Whilst walking through Svidnik today I came across a display by the volunteer emergency and rescue group Asosiacia Samaritanov Slovenskej Republic – as-sr.sk. As my friend runs the branch, i got roped into being a guinea pig for a young girl who taught me the latest techniques in cpr – quite embarrassing to do on a dummy in the middle of a pedestrian zone. I also had my blood pressure checked by another volunteer, and then my finger was pricked and my blood tested for diabetes, all while a stern old nun looked on. This type of group needs as much charity support as they can get as I know they fly around the world at a moment’s notice to help in disaster zones
I’m often asked why I live where I do, in the Carpathian Mountains of Eastern Slovakia. Watch the film ‘The Wolf Mountains’ (Vlčie Hory) and you’ll understand why. It’s filmed an hour away from me and, aside from the bison, wild horse and bear (thankfully), we get all the same wildlife right outside my back door. Living in my region, in terms of flora and fauna, is like living back in the Middle Ages – a state of natural beauty lost to the rest of Europe. Sadly, modern technology, urbanisation and mass farming are encroaching and I’m glad my children had the chance to grow up here before the wolf, boar, lynx, beaver, marten and stag are lost to corporate coffee shop chains, fast food outlets and genetically modified crops.
Humanity really needs to consider just what we’re leaving for future generations and losing for momentary greed
I love these little mushrooms (Laccaria amethystina) as they add such a contrasting colour to the forest. These were, unfortunately, growing just were I was setting up my hammock (seen on the ground just behind) so I photographed them before they were crushed underfoot