Snowy River

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After a day of heavy snowing, I decided to go to my favourite nearby Strandja Natural Park and try to film the beauty of the freshly fallen snow. As I didn’t want to drive on the slippery roads, I took the bus, that surprisingly was still running. I got off near this little river and spent most of the day walking along it in knee-deep snow, filming different scenes. I didn’t have snowshoes at the time and at end of the short winter day, I caught the bus back quite tired, but happy that I managed to film this fleeting beauty. You can watch the video with some relaxing piano music here: https://youtu.be/IfFCtzMMGPc

There’s also a video available from this shoot with a single unchanging scene: https://youtu.be/0EY28tdiFlc

Peaceful Autumn

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For my first 4K autumn video, I (no surprise here) chose the beautiful old forests of the Central Balkan National Park. Primarily consisting of beech, oak, acer, hornbeam and other broadleaved trees, the forests of this park turn into different shades of warm colours in autumn – from deep red or magenta, through orange to bright yellow. Added to that, the plants that were still green and the evergreen trees, make up for a colorful palette that is a joy to the eye. Hiking up along one of the many crystal clear streams in the mountain, I was able to also include in the video the relaxing sound of the water cascading down the rocky bed. A magnificent place of pristine nature, that always evokes awe in me, soothes my mind, and purifies my soul. A place that I will always be going back to. You can watch the video here: https://youtu.be/czCHvDY23fc

I also produced two videos of long loops of a single unchanging scene, that are suitable for sleeping and don’t distract the listener with the changing sounds of different scenes. Those videos are available here: https://youtu.be/IadsLclBOS8 and here: https://youtu.be/6uhRxK_EOm4

Campfire by the River

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For this video I traveled and hiked with a friend of mine to one of my favourite spots in Strandja Natural Park, Bulgaria. I wanted to record a video of a campfire near a river, that had both the sounds of the crackling fire and tricking water in it. I found this perfect place and started to set up the campfire. The water looks still in the video, but it is actually moving and just behind the camera there are little rocky rapids, that produce this nice bubbly sound of gently flowing water. You can watch the video here: https://youtu.be/Ftm2uv7-Ybw

I wanted to record the video at dusk, so we camped and spent the night there, sleeping in our hammocks. In the middle of the night I woke up with the sound of some heavy steps moving towards us. In my mind I constructed an image of an elk, crashing into the hammock of my sleeping friend and got really worried. I turned my headlight on and looked around, but couldn’t see any creature whatsoever. I could still hear the sound of something moving in the forest not far away from us, but gradually it moved away and I fall asleep again. My friend didn’t wake up at all and slept really well, unlike me that woke up a few times more during the night listening for strange noises.

Memories from a fishermen’s village

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Some years ago, there was a small settlement at the estuary of the river Ropotamo in Bulgaria. It consisted of a few shacks scattered between the trees on the riverbank, which blended in well with the pristine wilderness that surrounded it. The village had a very special atmosphere of peace and tranquility, as the people lived a simple lifestyle that was unobtrusive and nature friendly. Unfortunately, a few years ago the local council decided that the village was illegal and that since it was built in a nature reserve it should be taken down.

These photographs show the boats and the pier when the village still existed.

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