Village of Ribnovo & gypsy kids

Curiosity
Curiosity

Ribnovo is a large village (by Bulgarian standards) on the end of a road in the western Rhodope mountains, some 30 kilometers from Gotse Delchev. This village is renouned for its preserved traditions and colorful dress codes. In this gallery there also are some shots of gypsy kids in another village near Gotse Delchev.

Bee eater colony in northern BG

bee eater
A bee eater in flight

These are a few shots taken at a bee eater colony location in Northern Bulgaria. These birds are renowned for their bright colors and are often photographed by bird photographers and enthusiasts.
Photographing birds is not an easy task, to say the least. Patience is the thing of greatest importance here and I’ve found to lack that. Using a Canon 100-400 F4-5.6L, coupled with a 1.4 TC converter and a 1.6x crop factor DSLR available, gave me an effective length of 400×1.4×1.6 = 896mm ! Well, damn those tiny birds, that turned not to be enough in most of the situations. Next time I’m shooting condors ! 🙂 The bee eaters nested in two parallel sandy cliffs, probably formed by a flash flood or a past creek. The nests are burrowed in the soft banks, far from predators, though we saw a snake managed to get in, I assume lured by the eggs. The idea is to set up a tent on the rim of one of the banks and leave it there for a day or two for the birds to get used to. After that use it for a hiding shelter, hopefully getting a bird perched on a branch close enough for a good shot.

Nepal Himalaya

Lhotse
Lhotse

Stuck between India and Tibet this kingdom is probably best known for the highest point on earth – mount Everest 8848m. Part af the initial drive to go there was to have a glimpse of the „top of the world“. As it turned out there is much, much more to see there than that. If curious have a look at the gallery or read the somewhat different accounts of the trip by Константин Иванов and Виделина Димитрова.

Isle of Crete

Loutro, Crete's southern coast
Loutro, Crete’s southern coast

Crete is the largest of the Greek islands at 3220 sq. miles and the fifth largest in the Mediterranean Sea. It is located at approximately 35° N 24° E. Crete is a popular tourist destination; its attractions include the Minoan sites of Knossos and Phaistos, the classical site of Gortys, the Venetian castle in Rethymno, and the Samaria Gorge, as well as many other natural sites, monuments, and beaches. Crete was the center of the Minoan civilization (ca. 2600–1400 BCE), the oldest civilization in Europe.