August 2000 in the Tatra

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This year, in Tatra mountains, we don't climb high peaks, but rather stuck to the valleys enjoying the beauty of swift flowing streams and watching the sunlight playing in the trees.

Ko¶cieliska Valley

71-09Kosc.jpg 71-10Kosc.jpg Lodowe ¬ródło (= Icy spring)
The water realy cold, even in the hot of the day.
First I take your picture, than you mine.
71-11Kosc.jpg Pisana Hala
Looking at the water down below.
71-13Kosc.jpg "Pawlikowski's Window" in the Mylna Cave.
How bright it is outside!
71-15Kosc.jpg 71-16Kosc.jpg "Zbójnicka" shrine
It's time to give our legs a rest!

Valley of G±sienicowe Lakes

71-18Kosc.jpg "Small is beautiful" - this words give justice to this diminutive pond.
71-19Kosc.jpg How beautiful is this little brook!
71-21Kosc.jpg It seems we wont't be climbing the Karb pass -
I prefer to gorge myself on blueberries at last.
71-22Kosc.jpg We were here two years ago, at the very summit.

Jaworzynka Miętusia

71-24Kosc.jpg71-25Kosc.jpg Beautiful is Giewont!
Beautiful are Czerwone Wierchy! (= Red Peaks)
They would be most beautiful if watched from the naerby culmination.
But TPN rerouted the trail to go around it.

Ku Dziurze

71-26Kosc.jpg Where am I?
What am I doing?
What I am holding is not a microphone but a torch,
and I am not on a stage but in the deep recesse of "Dziura" (= The Hole) Cave.
The white spot above my head is not a butterfiy but the distant opening of the cave.
71-29Kosc.jpg I can take big steps too as long as going downhill.
71-30Kosc.jpg How beautiful is the water flawing down this rock!

Lejowa Valley

71-32Kosc.jpg 71-33Kosc.jpg On Kominiarski Przyslop pass  
71-34Kosc.jpg Once upon a time, flocks of sheep would graze here,
fires would burn in shepherds' chalets,
the shepherds' elder would offer a drink of sheep's whey.
Today everything is empty, quiet, one feels nostalgia for the past.
71-35Kosc.jpg Montains, stream, forest - and I will be doing a cross-word.

Roztoki Witowskie

  At this spot the Kirowa Woda stream and Siwa Woda stream unite into Czarny Dunajec.
72-02Kosc.jpg The heat was so intense that we took a full dip wetting ou heads in icy water
72-01Kosc.jpg I dug a ditch, the water broke through and the new island was formed.

Groń Clearing

72-07Kosc.jpg72-06Kosc.jpg The grass is still harvested for hay here, the hay stacked in stacks...
72-08Kosc.jpg72-09Kosc.jpg ... the same as twenty years ago
72-13Kosc.jpg Rapid water goes down...
72-12Kosc.jpg What a dilightful splash!

Staszelówka Clearing

  The vista of the mountains
71-37Kosc.jpg71-36Kosc.jpg The same stick in different hands: old and young.


72-18Kosc.jpg72-17Kosc.jpg Farewell mountains, farewell The Clearings
72-19Kosc.jpg Another few years and old homes will be the matter of the past.
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