Karkonoski Park Narodowy - Karkonosze National Park in Poland. The park is located in Lower Silesian Voivodeship, in the highest part of the Sudetes, along the border with the Czech Republic.

Karkonosze, located 130 km southwest from Wrocław, are the biggest mountain range in the Sudetes. In the past it was known as Gigant Mountains or Snowy Mountains. First “tourists” here were Walloons, legendary prospectors searching for precious stones and minerals who came to Karkonosze in the 11th century. They left after themselves mysterious castles on rocks and legends fascinating modern enthusiasts of these mountains.

The Park landscape is very special, and this because of its direct proximity of typical mountain forms and marshes. Extensive, plane top parts with peat bogs and marshes are accompanied by steep rock walls of postglacial cirques. The landscape is completed with mountain lakes and rocks in unusual shapes, and names stimulating imagination, such as: Pilgrims, Horse Heads, Three Little Pigs, Raven Rocks… Near the Park border, there is the highest waterfall in the Polish part of Karkonosze - Kamieńczyk waterfall (27 m high), and in a separate Park enclave, Szklarka waterfall - one of the most recognizable and picturesque waterfalls in Poland. [read more]

Sources of pictures: [1,2,3,4] - please do not remove the credit

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Desiree Dolron - XTERIORS II

Desiree Dolron was born in 1963, Netherlands. She’s acute vision meshes traditional reportage photography and computer enhancement to create a richer version of a genre that many believe to be tired and overused. The stillness and subtlety that is evoked by her seamless work has created a 21st century vision at odds with traditional photographic practice. Her references are obvious, but the outcomes are a revelation.The outstanding Dutch artist Desiree Dolron has produced a new series of images which has been three years in the making. Entitled Xteriors, this group of nine seamlessly constructed works have the quality of Old Master paintings, although they are in fact digital photographic composites of several different faces. The portrait Katya, seen here, is one of the first pieces made for this series and shows us the definitive direction that the project has taken. The series will be finally revealed in its entirety at the Michael Hoppen Gallery.

(via asylum-art)