Stunning view of the Italian Maritime Alps from the Colle del Vei del Bouc ("Pass of the Old Man of Goats") in the Parco Naturale Alpi Marittime.
Monday, June 30, 2008
Near the Colle di Sabbione
The meadows on the French side of the Colle di Sabbione invite contemplation. The peaks framing the Valmasque Valley tower in the background.
Nigritella in the meadows
A black vanilla orchid (Nigritella sp) in the meadows near the Baisse de Peirefique, French Maritime Alps.
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Baisse de Fontanalbe
A snow melt pool near the Baisse de Fontanalbe, the high pass between the Fontanalbe Basin and the Valmasque Valley, French Maritime Alps.
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Hiking from Peillon
Leaving the "perched village" of Peillon en route to the neighboring village of Peille in the moyen pays of the French Maritime Alps.
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Taken "on the fly" out of the bus window, a parting shot of Vichren, the highest summit in the Pirin Mountains. (Vichren, whose name means, "wild like a whirlwind," is the peak with the flat top.)
Saturday, June 21, 2008
A colorful bouquet of wildflowers ("kitka sharena") created by nature brightens the trail from Kovachevitsa to Ossikovo.
Friday, June 20, 2008
Yoga in the Pirin High Country
West of the Bunderishki Porta, extensive high country meadowlands descend to coniferous woodlands on the western flanks of the Pirin Mountains. The lower Spanopolski Lake provides a scenic venue for some yoga practice!
Over the Hump
Today we set off on our hike across the Pirin Mountains from east to west starting from the Vichren Chalet. We passed the lovely Hvoinato Ezero ("Juniper Lake") cupped in a small basin on the flanks of the peak of Graniten.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Glorious sunshine and the cobalt waters of Popovo Ezero ("Priest Lake") create a perfect setting for some relaxation! Popovo Ezero is, in my opinion, the most beautiful alpine lake in Bulgaria!
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Pirin Mountain High
Hiking in the Upper Bunderitsa Valley near Dulgo Ezero ("Long Lake"). The peak of Graniten rises in the background. This is a classic Pirin Mountain hike over the pass of Todorina Porta. The glorious alpine lakes of the Bunderitsa and Vasilashki basins are highlights of the hike!
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
A low elevation walk in the Rila Mountains through meadows filled with wildflowers. Floral aromotherapy!
Pure of Heart
...And Without Sin
Only those pure of heart and without sin are said to be able to pass through. Everyone in our group who tried it made it through. A good sign!
Monday, June 16, 2008
Out of Borovets
Bouncing in the bus now...a distant view of Musala out the window across the flowered fields outside Samokov.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Rilski Sedemte Ezera
At the edge of the Suhiya Rid looking over the Rila Seven Lakes Basin. The weather gods threatened us with a bit of hail, but the clouds soon broke revealing the majesty of this alpine wonderland!
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Taking a coffee break in the garden of the Tsar's Palace in Sofia "pod smurchovete" (under the spruces).
Monday, June 9, 2008
Below Mytikas, the Throne of Zeus
Standing below the summit spires of Mount Olympus. A few members of our group reached "Mytikas" (nose), the mountain's highest point. Others made it to "Skolio" the second highest point on Olympus's crown.
Climbing Mount Olympus
After spending the evening at the comfortable Spilo Agapitos mountain refuge, we began our climb to the top of Mount Olympus. A switchbacking trail ascended the slopes of the mountain to reach Skala, one of Olympus's multiple summits.
Sunday, June 8, 2008
The Plains of Thessaly
Entering the Monastery of Agia Triada at Meteora
Friday, June 6, 2008
The Pindos Mountains
Sunset glow on the peaks of the Pindos Mountains as seen from the Zagorian village of Megalo Papingo.
The Dragon Lake
We ascended the trail from Mikro Papingo to the Astraka mountain refuge, three thousand feet above. Another hour's hike brought us to Drakolimni ("Dragon Lake") set below the ramparts of the Gamila mountain.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
In the Vikos Gorge
Shake it Up
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Seeing Red in Kipi
Frappes in Koukouli
Bridges of Zagori
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