all is well in the rhodope


 
The Rhodope mountains have always had a certain magnetic appeal to me. Unlike other mountains in Bulgaria that are known for their high peaks, rocky climbs or great winter sports opportunities (so much that we’ve even had people very likely set fires on purpose to clear out forests for future ski runs…), the Rhodope have a different aura about them.

There aren’t any major peaks or climbs that offer a serious mountaineering challenge; they are vast with what at times seems to be a sea of hills stretching across the horizon; they are riddled with small villages connected with back roads few cars go on. Yet, there is something magical about the Rhodope and I often myself doing short trips to explore different parts.

Over the years I’ve gathered quite a few photos of this incredible place, a selection of which I’d like to share with you (alongside a beautiful track you absolutely should play). This could quite possibly be one of my longest posts with close to 40 images, but if there’s one thing I wish, that is to show you how diverse and alluring they are and to encourage you to find time and dive in. Trust me, you will love it 🙂

***
 
A typical sight – dirt roads, scattered houses, and mosques.

rodopi_01

 
The endless hills… what a place that was! A 360 degree viewpoint that left me grinning.

rodopi_02

 
One of the many dams with the menacing clouds just before a summer storm.

rodopi_03

 
The famous Devil’s Bridge in the heart of the Rhodope.

rodopi_04

 
Caught in mid-air. Love that shot.

rodopi_05

 
I often wonder what it must be like to live in one of these remote villages… I try to strike up conversations with local people as much as I can, it’s always a good reality check.

rodopi_06

 
Forest paths.

rodopi_07

 
Out of nowhere, you stumble upon beauties like this.

rodopi_08

 
Summertime fishing trips.

rodopi_09

 
Often beauty isn’t just in the grandeur.

rodopi_10

 
Rhodope villages in early morning… you wake up so refreshed in these places 🙂

rodopi_11

 
Got up at 6am to catch the sunrise. I was about to go back to bed as after a good 30 minutes nothing really had happened with all the clouds that morning, but suddenly the clouds opened up and the beams starting beaming down. What a moment!

rodopi_12

 
So colorful.

rodopi_13

 
Canoeing at dusk in Golyam Beglik dam sure looked like the place to be 🙂

rodopi_14

 
Plenty of people go camping around these dams.

rodopi_15

 
End of summer clouds approaching.

rodopi_23

 
Together they stand.

rodopi_16

 
The town of Dospat near sundown.

rodopi_17

 
What a gorgeous sunset that was.

rodopi_18

 
Purple-pinkish skies.

rodopi_19

 
I’ll catch up.

rodopi_20

 
Houses at the end of the road.

rodopi_21

 
I love clouds 🙂

rodopi_22

 
The famous Kardzhali dam meander, a truly incredible spot.

rodopi_24

 
After the rain.

rodopi_25

 
The light makes this seemingly uneventful photo come alive, doesn’t it?

rodopi_26

 
Moo b****, get out the way? 😉

rodopi_27

 
Autumn is coming.

rodopi_28

 
The early bird gets the worm as they say 🙂

rodopi_29

 
A tough job.

rodopi_30

 
Best place to stay in the heart of the Rhodope.

rodopi_31

 
The small town of Madzharovo that is now a shadow of its former self when the mining industry in the area was at its peak.

rodopi_32

 
Summer rains.

rodopi_33

 
Plenty of tiny little water sources help farming.

rodopi_34

 
Admiring the view.

rodopi_35

 
The lonely rock.

rodopi_36

 
The end of the road. Sadly there wasn’t a train in sight.

rodopi_37

 
A good friend of mine calls them angels… I kinda have to agree 🙂

rodopi_38

 
Does’t this remind you of Starship Enterprise?

rodopi_39

 
Early moon near Svilengrad that marks the end of the Rhodope journey… for now 😉

rodopi_40

 
I hope you enjoyed these. Please do like, comment and share 🙂

 
 

Advertisements

28 thoughts

  1. Stunning scenery! Wow. Just discovered your blog. I also read your about page and it seems we are on a similar creative journey – however I can’t travel as much as you do which would be a dream. Amazing photos in your blog. And I am a beginner photographer so am just recently starting to actively try to improve and learn and become better! 🙂 I have always loved photography but not until now I have started to become serious about really learning!

  2. I’ve wanted to visit the Rhodopi mountains for years, but haven’t had the occasion (or the car). Your fabulous photos make me want to plan a trip there all the more. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Wow, I love your blog and I love this post. The pictures are absolutely breathtaking. I’ve recently (finally!) started travelling, wanting to see as much of the world as I can, and I live to see the wilder places, the views that are more natural and not so reformed by the human touch. Your pictures (and the song, I did play the song as I scrolled through your post) have only added kindling to the fire in my soul that is currently raging. One day I will be here, looking at the same views, only in person instead of through pictures.

    • For some reason I missed this comment… apologies for the delay. Thank you for the kind words! Very happy that you’ve started traveling 🙂 Where are you from? What destinations are on your list? Indeed, you should put Bulgaria and the Rhodope somewhere on there 😉

      • No worries! I currently live in the U.S. Tennessee to be exact, though I was born in Georgia. I’ve seen a few states here that I’ve wanted to see for my entire life, but I still need to go to Colorado, the Grand Canyon, Hawaii, Alaska, probably a few others. But I really want to see Ireland, the Maldives, Italy, France….a lot of Europe. Australia. Pretty much the whole world. Lol. That’s all I ask for..the whole world. Not too much, right?

    • That’s a very good question, don’t think there’s a definitive answer to it. It was built in the 16th century by the Ottoman empire to continue an old trading route that had gone into decay. Legend says that it’s because of the sound of the incredibly turbulent water of the Arda river underneath it.

  4. Pingback: kovachevitsa | In Search of Balance

  5. Pingback: not an ordinary morning | In A Search of Balance

What are your thoughts?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: