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 andContinue reading “Giant slug”
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 toContinue reading “Sunset over the forest”
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 onContinue reading “Samaritans in Svidnik”
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 backContinue reading “The Wolf Mountains”
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