The Commune of Kościelisko is among the most fascinating subalpine areas in Poland, and the gate leading to the West Tatras. It is the seat and homeland of many eminent highlander families, and the place where the centuries-old history is still alive, as authentic folk art, ancient crafts, relics of shepherd culture, and highlander architecture.
The stunning beauty of the landscape, variety of landscape forms, large number of tourist routes which begin there, ample hotel accommodation and sports infrastructure are the features which make the area very attractive to tourists. It is the starting point for the exploration of the two largest and most beautiful valleys in the Polish Tatras: Kościeliska and Chochołowska Valleys. Rich in specific fauna and flora, and remains of the shepherd past, they lead to the wolds, meadows and deep caves. They offer spectacular views, and provide starting points for the routes to many Tatra summits.
Already in the 16-th century, in the mines under Ornak and Pyszna Wolds, silver and iron ore were excavated; a forge, and then a smithy, operated in Kościeliska Valley until 1770. In Chochołowska Valley, where sheep grazing is still continued for cultural purposes, old shepherd buildings can be seen.
Today, the Commune of Kościelisko is widely known as a recreation centre, with plenty of cozy hotels, guesthouses and rooms to let. It is a biathlon centre recognized in Europe and the world, and the home of many skiers - competitors in the Olympic Games. It has also hosted a number of important sports events, including world championships.
The spiritual culture of Kościelisko is based on the achievements of renowned regionalists as well as a host of painters, sculptors, story-tellers, musicians, dancers, singers and experts in various folk crafts. The local government is planning to start cooperation with Slovakia and to increase the offer for tourist.
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asajernigan (20758) 2006-11-22 10:26
Although I am not a big fan of B&W, I really like this photo. The composition and lighting are wonderful. The fog adds to the mood of the photo.
ninaL (21348) 2006-11-22 10:28
Zdjecie jest niesamowite.
Snieg az sie kurzy.
Moze by jednak podniesc kontrasty i lekko wyostrzyc, pomimo tego snieznego efektu?
Andrzej_HHH (2480) 2006-11-22 11:14
No naprawdę dobra oryginalna fota, jestem pod wrażeniem. Niesamowita gra światęł, cieni, mgły. Bardzo dobrze. Pozdrawiam! Andrzej
Wanda1 (14978) 2006-11-22 11:40
There is a wonderful atmosphere to this shot. Your compositiuon and subject are lovely. Black and white works nicely for this image.
drewniany (1142) 2006-11-22 15:08
Witam. tak, to jest bardzo dobre zdjecie - dobry kadr, ładna gamma od bieli do czerni, czuć dynamikę-bardzo fajne
GREGG (7888) 2006-12-03 11:32
Obejrzałem twoje PF i
....... to zdjecie najbardziej przypadło mi do gustu.
Czuć dynamikę. Małe nidoskonałości nie psują bardzo odbioru.
mandylion (124) 2006-12-05 10:02
Jaaaaa Cię kręcę... Klimat jak z "Jeźdźca bez głowy"... Niesamowite zdjęcie... Chyba najlepsze z dotychczas przez Ciebie zamieszczonych :-)) SUPER!!!
somkiat (1104) 2007-03-15 12:12
so beautiful exposure.the hazy atmosphere and the horses running in the black and white idea were combined as well.this photo looks like the historical picture.very good manage.
Julian_K (1055) 2007-04-04 7:00
There is a lot to like about this photo; the fog, the snow, the black and white, the contrast... very nice! Thanks for sharing,
- Copyright: Damian Onderka (makkak) (89)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2006-11-18
- Categories: Transportation
- Camera: Canon Digital Rebel XT (350D), Canon 18-55mm/f3.5-5.6 II
- Exposure: f/7.1, 1/100 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2006-11-22 10:20
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