Rhododendron Stream

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Strandja Natural Park in Bulgaria is home to a relic species of Rhododendron (Rhododendron ponticum), which can be found in Europe only here and in Caucasus. The plant likes to live in the cool and humid gorges usually under the shady umbrella of tall beech trees. These places are so green, lush and rich with vegetation, that I often feel like being in an European jungle. I wanted to film and record this place on a rainy day, when all the leaves are wet and shiny and the colors are even deeper and more pronounced. So I came here one day in spring to try to realise this idea. Here is the result: https://youtu.be/VPmDEsdd7y0

Forest Stream

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On one of my solo trips to my favourite place in the Central Balkan National Park, I filmed a crystal clear mountain stream, where I always stop to rest, to enjoy the fresh air, the sounds and view. On hot summer days, I sometimes have a quick dip the cold waters. It is quite unpleasant initially, but if you take it slowly in the end it feels so cleansing and energising. The video of this majestic place can be found here: https://youtu.be/1t7g690boao

On this same trip whilst camping in the foothills of the mountain I managed to record the early morning song of the birds in the forest. You can play this video and listen to their songs here: https://youtu.be/XxP8kxUn5bc