Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Autumn in Dobra

Back to the Beskid Wyspowy for some walks amid the autumnal colours. Back for to Dobra for the fifth time in a year and half, in the third season (having been in winter and in summer).

The peaks rising out of the low lying mists give the region its name - the 'Island Beskids'. Two days to do some walking. Below: The lower slopes of Łopień (962m).

Right: Looking up at the steep eastern slope of Śnieżnica (1,072m), the silver birches fiery amid the evergreen firs. The sun was in and out both days, creating a variety of subtly different autumnal moods. It did not rain.

On 14-16 October, when Poland experienced its first snowfalls this year, a whole metre fell up here, disappearing quickly. The fields, however, were still very spongy, having absorbed large amounts of water. Below: local road leading from Dobra to Jurków. Everytime I climb Łopień, I get my bearings wrong. This time was no exception.

Not much drama in this landscape; rather, it's a contemplative mood that descends as one tramps the hills around Dobra. Below: It's exactly this I had in mind when looking at the Pennines through a train window last month.

Where to stay when visiting Dobra - the ideal year-round centre for walking in the Beskid Wyspowy - Gospodarstwo Agroturystyczna Zofia Nowak (tel: +48 18 333 0117). Warm hospitality, wonderful food (in large, hill-climbing quantities), a sincere welcome. Comfortable accommodation, good value. Mention 'Jeziorki' when booking!

I've come to love this place very dearly.


pinolona said...

wow great pictures, especially the leaves! very atmospheric. Makes me want to go walking in the hills...

Michael Dembinski said...

Worth a blogmeet here someday! Lots of room for everyone to get creative (wifi), and food, drink and merriment in the evenings.