Monthly Archives: June 2009

A Swallowtail butterfly (Papilio machaon) lands on a flowerhead. A small flower dislodges and falls down.

Swallowtail Butterfly in Strandja

A Swallowtail butterfly (Papilio machaon) lands on a flowerhead. Its wingbeats cause a small flower to dislodge and fall. [more_strandja_butterflies]

Pure, clean water in the Dokuzak river. Rushing, hurrying to meet the Bear’s river in Strandja Nature Park.

The Dokuzak Waterfall

Pure, clean water in the Dokuzak river. Rushing, hurrying to meet the Bear’s river in Strandja Nature Park.

Photography in the Strandja Mountains

Strandja is the lowest mountain range in Bulgaria. Many green rolling hills makes Strandja perfect for photography. And without the need for specialist climbing gear!

The Veleka Ribbon

The Veleka river winds like a blue ribbon through a sea of green woodlands.

River valley in the Strandja Mountains

The beginning of Summer in a river valley in the Strandja Mountains. A green oak in grass starting to turn yellow underneath a blue Bulgarian sky.

Mladezhka River Strandja

The Mladezhka river just before it joins Strandja’s other major rivers, the Bear river (Mechi dol) and the Veleka.

Rhododendron Flower Floating

A flower of Strandja Rhododendron, or Zelenika, floating in the Marina river.

A Cardinal butterfly (Argynnis paphia) feeding from nectar

Cardinal Butterfly in Strandja

A Cardinal butterfly (Argynnis paphia) feeding from nectar. [more_strandja_butterflies]

Bulgarian man dancing between two Bulgarian women in traditional Strandja costumes

Horo dancing in Strandja

Horo dancing is a traditional Bulgarian dance practised by young and old. Almost every Bulgarian knows some variety of this dance. This elderly Bulgarian man dances the horo between two Bulgarian women in traditional Strandja costumes. [more_strandja_culture]

A lonely Strandja oak (Quercus hartwissiana) on a grassy hilltop

Lonely Strandja Oak Tree

This Strandja oak tree (Quercus hartwissiana) grows on its own on top of a grassy hill. It has been shaped by strong winds from the Black Sea.