Let’s start this week with TOP-10 best photos coming from Poland. This year national winners presenting us mostly shots of natural reserves and park. Take a chance to enjoy stunning landscapes and artistic vision of photographers.
Suwałki Landscape Park
Suwałki Landscape Park (Suwalski Park Krajobrazowy) is a protected area (Landscape Park) in north-eastern Poland, established in 1976, covering an area of 62.84 square kilometres (24.26 sq mi). The Park lies within Podlaskie Voivodeship, in Suwałki County (Gmina Jeleniewo, Gmina Przerośl, Gmina Rutka-Tartak, Gmina Wiżajny). Within the Landscape Park are three nature reserves.
Pieniny is a mountain range in the south of Poland and the north of Slovakia. The Pieniny mountain range is divided into three parts – Pieniny Spiskie (Slovak: Spišské Pieniny) and Pieniny Właściwe (Slovak:Centrálne Pieniny) in Poland; and, Małe Pieniny (English: Lesser or Little Pieniny; Slovak: Malé Pieniny) in Poland and Slovakia. The Pieniny mountains consist mainly of the limestone and dolomite rock strata. The most famous peak, Trzy Korony (Three Crowns), is 982 metres high. It is also the summit of the Three Crowns Massif. Pieniny’s highest peak – Wysoka (Polish); Vysoké Skalky (Slovak) – reaches 1,050 metres above sea level.
Prądnik (also called Białucha in its lower course) is a river in Poland, running through the Kraków-Częstochowa Upland in Poland’s Lesser Poland voivodeship. The river is a left tributary of Vistula. The source of the river lies in the village ofSułoszowa in the Olkulsz Uplands. It flows in a deep gully through the Ojców National Park. The lower run in Krakow has been designated an ecological reserve on 17 December 2008. Until 1655, when Vistula changed its course in the vicinity of Kraków, Prądnik joined Vistula’s old riverbed near what is now Blich Street. However, in modern times the lower run of the river is regulated and empties itself into the Vistula in the Kraków’s borough of Dąbie.
Rogalin Landscape Park
Rogalin Landscape Park (Rogaliński Park Krajobrazowy) is a protected area (Landscape Park) in west-central Poland, covering an area of 126.4 square kilometres (48.8 sq mi). It includes two nature reserves.
The Park lies within Greater Poland Voivodeship: in Poznań County and Śrem County. It stretches along the banks of the Wartariver, and takes its name from the village of Rogalin, which is famous for its historic palace of the Raczynski family and oaktrees.
Pasłęka – a long river of the Baltic coast, flowing over 160 km (100 miles) in northern Poland. It flows through the lake areas of Olsztyn and Mrągowo, and through Gdańsk Coastal Area.
The reported length of the river varies, depending on sources, from 169 to 211 kilometres (105 to 131 mi). The river flows through the town of Braniewo (until 1945 the German town of Braunsberg). The drainage area of Pasłęka spreads over 2,330 square kilometres (900 sq mi).
The High Tatras or High Tatra Mountains (Slovak and Czech: Vysoké Tatry, Polish: Tatry Wysokie), are a mountain rangealong the border of northern Slovakia in the Prešov Region, and southern Poland in the Lesser Poland Voivodeship. They are a range of the Tatra Mountains chain.
The High Tatras, having 17 peaks over 2,500 metres (8,200 ft) AMSL, are with the Southern Carpathians, the only mountain ranges with an alpine character and habitats in the entire 1,200 kilometres (750 mi) length of the Carpathian Mountainssystem. The first European cross-border national park was founded here—Tatra National Park—with Tatra National Park (Tatranský národný park) in Slovakia in 1948, and Tatra National Park (Tatrzański Park Narodowy) in Poland in 1954. The adjacent parks protect UNESCO’s trans-border Tatra Biosphere Reserve.
Coastal Landscape Park
The Polish Coastal Landscape Park (Nadmorski Park Krajobrazowy) is a protected area (Landscape Park) in northern Poland, established in 1978, covering an area of 188 square kilometres (73 sq mi). The Park lies within Pomeranian Voivodeship, in Puck County (Gmina Kosakowo, Gmina Krokowa, Gmina Puck). Within the Landscape Park are nine nature reserves.
Bay of Pomerania
The Bay of Pomerania or Pomeranian Bay (Polish: Zatoka Pomorska; German: Pommersche Bucht; Kashubian: Pòmòrskô Hôwinga) is a basin in the southwestern Baltic Sea, off the shores of Poland and Germany.
In the south it is separated from the Oder Lagoon in the mouth of the Oder River by the islands of Usedom/Uznam and Wolin, connected by three straits or branches of the Oder: Dziwna, Świna and Peene. North border is a line from Cape Arkona on the German island ofRügen to the Gąski Lighthouse in the east of Kołobrzeg in Poland.
Maximum depth is 20 metres and salinity is about 8‰. The Bay of Pomerania is crossed by a deepened waterway from the Szczecinseaport, via the river Oder, the Szczecin Lagoon, and Świna allowing large ships to enter the ports of Świnoujście and Szczecin.
The Krkonoše are a mountain range located in the north of the Czech Republic and the south-west of Poland, part of the Sudetes mountain system (part of the Bohemian Massif). The Czech-Polish border, which divides the historic regions of Bohemia and Silesia, runs along the main ridge. The highest peak, Sněžka, is the Czech Republic’s highest point with an elevation of 1,603 metres (5,259 ft).
On both sides of the border, large areas of the mountains are designated national parks (the Krkonoše National Park in the Czech Republic and the Karkonosze National Park in Poland), and these together constitute a cross-border biosphere reserve under the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Programme. The River Elbe springs within the Krkonoše. The range has a number of major ski resorts, and is a popular destination for tourists engaging in downhill and cross-country skiing, hiking, cycling and other activities.