Crna Poda (Black, steep mountain) is part of the Tara Canyon where the black pine (Pinus nigra) population is the highest in all of Europe. This time in the early mornings the forest is partly hidden by the fog and only tall pines stick out. It was the same this morning as well.
The weather was turning out quite good giving the landscape a graphic mood. 7 o’clock in the morning, and I was wandering in the woods, so I had time to capture how the light finds its way through the branches, lit by green light (filtered by the trees and fog). It all speeded up by 10 o’clock when the fog started to disappear. Rays of light were changing and trees revealed themselves from hiding under the fog.
Day 5 - Flight over the canyon.
Beautiful day! Perfect weather for flying over the largest European Canyon and the highest mountains of the Balkan Peninsula and I was having a wonderful experience.
To let the fog disappear we decided to take off with the pilot. I was quite worried if everything was going to be alright. This meant the one and only reachable plane in the region. The professional pilot was telling me not to worry: it was flying a month ago. It did not make me very confident… Taking off from Niksic we arrived at Komarnica canyon in a few minutes, then reached Tara canyon from the east and flying in a zigzag towards the deepest point.
From the air it is an unbelievable feeling to see all the places I was walking through the day before. To make its greatness sensible we turned towards the sun to let the shades figure out its shapes. The most beautiful place was where the two great canyons Tara and Susica meet. I would have liked to have a couple of fly-rounds, but that was too risky so close to the Bosnian airspace. On the way back I caught a glimpse of the highest points of Durmitor from above and the beautiful tectonic formation of plates, and it all looked like some western-movie scenery.
Day 6 - Inside the forest
Walking in the uncut forest of fir is like a journey through a Montenegrin fairytale of legends. Whispering sounds all around you, branches of trees like hands of heroes crossing your way through rays of lights, and with mushroom colonies in interesting patterns.
Either way, there are only two places to go to: the canyon or the peaks of Durmitor. The lack of good weather has not let me down. Fortunately, I could see the peaks in floating clouds, in the light after the rain. The “Pillars of the Sky” proved to hold the clouds stable, giving us the feeling like without them the sky would have fallen onto our laps. Apparently walking on a different continent.
Day 07-08 – Tara Canyon - all Day and Night
I had already photographed the Tara canyon inside and outside, from above and beside, wintertime and summertime, in fog and rain, in the morning and during the day, but I never tried nighttime.
Well, not quite - I did, but I was not satisfied with the result. Now I was curious for the attributes of the Nikon D3 camera at high ISO settings. I set it to 4000 and waited for the first shot, full of hope. I was given more than expected. So I called off sleeping and spent the whole night on the shore searching the best scenes. I hope you will like the result as well.
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