Positive Thinking Against Seasonal Affective Depression

This winter has been long and harsh, and because of the pandemic many have been isolated from society. This is a horrific combination for inducing depression and sadness. How to dig yourself out of such depression? How to think positively so that you can again have hope for the future? In this video I giveContinue reading “Positive Thinking Against Seasonal Affective Depression”

Spring Bird Song – Natural Ambient Meditation Music

Early morning in a cottage garden in the Carpathian Mountains of East Slovakia. The birds are extremely lively after the long, hard winter and perform both the dawn chorus and their mating rituals. Due to the sheer number of species we get, many different bird calls can be heard – including: Blue TitGreat TitRobinBlackbirdYellowhammerJayGreen WoodpeckerGreatContinue reading “Spring Bird Song – Natural Ambient Meditation Music”

Snow Trench – The Quickest Winter Survival Shelter?

A blizzard is coming in and you’re out there in the wilderness. You need to quickly build some sort of shelter to protect you from the elements, snow, windchill and freezing temperatures, to keep you safe during the night. Using only the basic equipment most hikers or outdoors adventurers would have on them, I showContinue reading “Snow Trench – The Quickest Winter Survival Shelter?”

Soul Food – Stalking Red Deer In Snow

A short escape from city life and pandemic lockdowns. In this video I take you tracking animals with me in the deep snow. Along with a red fox hunting for rodents, I stalk a pair of red deer hinds as they try to rummage for food in the freezing conditions of the Carpathian Mountains. There’sContinue reading “Soul Food – Stalking Red Deer In Snow”

Snow Camouflage For Winter Wilderness

Which camouflage works best in a snow or Arctic environment? Which camouflage works better for you – military or hunter type? In this video I examine several different forms of winter camo ranging from digital to real tree, from ghillie suits to snow ponchos. There are several things to consider when choosing which camouflage wouldContinue reading “Snow Camouflage For Winter Wilderness”

Greedy Pine Marten (Martes martes)

This greedy pine marten (Martes Martes) ate all the chicken bones I put out as bait for my trail camera. They are incredibly beautiful and agile creatures. That pine marten left several other animals greatly deluded as they came later and could smell the bones, but he’d already eaten them all.In the UK pine martensContinue reading “Greedy Pine Marten (Martes martes)”

Still blogging…

For those of you who think I’ve just disappeared after ceasing to maintain the carpathianadventure site, you can follow the adventure I call life at http://edwardotoole.com/blog/ I miss many of you and your comments so come over and pay me a visit!

Great Spotted Woodpecker

We get many species of woodpecker visiting the garden. This one is the Great Spotted (Dendrocopos major). Aside from the black, green and grey woodpeckers, the vast majority in our area look very similar and it’s often difficult to identify them. The Great Spotted is best identified by its long white shoulder patches.  

Creepy Forest Ghost Spot Creature

No idea what this is:   A strange object I captured on the trail cam in the forest (photo frames, not video). It appears to be about a foot long, vertical and consists of 5 small equidistant ‘spots’. Bizarrely, it’s in the same location that we had a tree come crashing down in front ofContinue reading “Creepy Forest Ghost Spot Creature”

Red Deer Stag Kills Man

A 78 year old man from Prievidza (a town in the west of Slovakia) has died in hospital a week after being attacked by a stag. Apparently, it was a spontaneous attack as the man tended his orchard – the stag charged and skewered him with its antlers. More can be read here – noviny.skContinue reading “Red Deer Stag Kills Man”