Krushuna waterfalls in Bulgaria is magnificent gorge, carved into the limestone rocks, where a small river creates a number cascades and waterfalls with incredible beauty. Embraced by lush vegetation, the constant stream of water springs out of a cave and carves a variety of stone formations and basins. The rich in limestone water in those basins has a specific turquoise color. Unfortunately, a few years ago one of the big rock surrounding the gorge broke and fell and since then a big part of the cascades are no longer accessible or are gone. Two of my videos of some of the remaining waterfalls and cascades can be found here: https://youtu.be/4himVgExTDM and here: https://youtu.be/ixr0Plq0T2M.
On a quiet summer day, I decided to go and spend the night at place I very well know in the South of the Bulgarian Black Sea coast. I wasn’t planning on any particular shoot, but I had all my equipment with me for just in case. Having chosen my camping spot and hung my hammock, I had the idea of making a campfire and filming it. It was the peak of Bulgarian summer and the grass was already quite dry, so I was very careful to make sure that the fire stays within the stone circle that I created. You can watch my campfire video here: https://youtu.be/9lh_becOt4Y
It was a very peaceful evening and the crickets were singing their slow summer song. After having successfully recorded the video and put out the fire, I rested on the nearby rock, taking some posy pictures of myself and looking at the rising of the magnificent full moon and the distant lights of the nearby town. It was quiet and peaceful where I was. I tried filming the moon and it’s reflection in the sea, but when I got back home, I realised that my camera wasn’t able to record in such low light with good quality.
Later in the night I recorded the beautiful and perfectly soothing sounds of the gently lapping waves and the constant mellow chirping of the crickets were. I made a long video for a peaceful sleep. You can play it here: https://youtu.be/Ukugbb0Y72M
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
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