UP to Paradise

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Central Balkan National Park is one of my personal favourite pieces of pristine nature to visit. On one of my hiking trips to Paradise Hut, whilst taking the usual photographs, I decided to try experimenting with more video and to film different scenes on the way. In the end I had a large enough collection of them to make a short film. The video is following the path towards the “Paradise Waterfall” in Bulgaria. “Raisko Praskalo” is the highest waterfall on the Balkan Peninsula. It falls from a height of 124,5 metres and is situated right under Botev peak (2376 m) in the Central Balkan National Park. The area is a reserve, protecting a rich diversity of wildlife, plants, majestic old natural forests, pure mountain streams, waterfalls and impressive rock formations. “Paradise Hut” (“Hizha Rai”) is the name of the tourist lodge situated under the waterfall, that is only accessible by foot. You can watch the video here: https://youtu.be/2eAdXwZjHNA

The island of Thassos, Greece

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The island of Thassos is the furthermost northern island of Greece. It is no coincidence that Greeks call it The Green Pearl as most of it is covered by old and natural pine forests. The mountains of the island rise to more than 1200m above the crystal clear waters of the Aegean Sea. This natural beauty has changed hands many times through history and has accumulated a rich historical and cultural heritage.

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A small orthodox chapel on a cliff in an isolated location.

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The Archangel Michael Monastery on the steep cliffs in the distance.

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Scala Potamia village and Golden Beach in the distance.

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The highest mountain peaks are within the borders of one of the two natural parks on the island._DSC2438e

The crystal clear waters of Paradise Beach are rich in different types of fish.

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This rock lagoon is a natural formation and is called Giola by the locals._DSC3110e

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Welsh fairy tale

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In the summer of 2010 I visited a number of alternative building projects in Wales. Built out of simple natural materials and covered with green roofs, these houses blend into the lush landscape. The beauty and tranquility of the Welsh countryside, along with the hobbit-like buildings, created an enchanting atmosphere and made me believe that is possible to live in a fairy tale, even in our modern world.

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One of the many amazing buildings made out of natural materials at the Cae Mabon Eco Retreat Centre in the North of Wales._8010281e P7255576e P8015622e

Llyn Padarn lake in the foothills of Snowdonia National Park.

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