January 14, 2016

Magic Valley

How I went out expecting a waterfall, but I discovered much more than that.

I wanted to go to the Jizera Mountains, but I had no exact spot in mind. So I opened a map and looked for some place where I have never been to before. Soon I found a valley with a waterfall marked in. I haven't even heard about this one! All right, the plan was suddenly clear: take a hike and photograph some water with motion blur. This decision also meant an opportunity to take out a tripod, which I haven't done for ages. Lately, I prefer going out as lightweight as possible; but from time to time, a change is good.

The valley is a nature reserve called Jedlovy Dul ("fir-tree mine"). It is really pretty there, and the trail is not difficult. I have no idea why it isn't more known, but I didn't complain about the fact that there was absolutely nobody else around.

Beautiful and completely empty trail.

Beautiful and completely empty trail.

It turned out to be a place with neat, mixed forest; and the stream, of course..

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..which offered many photogenic rapids.

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The river uncovers many neat granite rocks, a few of which can be seen in the woods, too.

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Usually, it is just a single stone or two, except this bigger formation:

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..called Pekelne Skaly (Hellish Rocks)

It was heavy inversion when I left home; dense grey clouds were all over the place. However, the falls were at the exact elevation where the inversion ended. While there were still bits of mysterious fog laying around, there were also some sun rays to brighten it.

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The clouds were in constant change, causing a fantastic show. One could stare at one spot, and it would change every second. It was like watching a television but enhanced with the aspect of a fragrant smell of fresh mountain air.

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The trail eventually went through young beech trees.

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Some say that winter isn't as colorful as other seasons. Today, nature worked hard to dismiss such claim. Once I got deeper into the forest, the light was absolutely stunning.

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I took a different route down — an old forest road, also with nobody around.

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This way went faster and offered different but no less pretty scenes. As per the whole day, everything just worked well. Nature won't stop to amaze me.

If you enjoyed this article, you might also like my previous posts about mountains, such as:

MTB loop around the Cairnwell Munros, or..

Krkonose Mountains

..A trip to the nearly placed Giant Mountains.

You can also visit my blog archives for more categories and topics. Thanks for reading! Follow me on InstagramFacebook, or Twitter for the upcoming posts.

Published by: Jakub Stepanovic in Stories


Jan Kilgore
January 15, 2016 at 04:07

Wow!! These are gorgeous Jakub!! So talented.

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