Photographer's Note

I love sand dunes, and therefore I enjoyed very much Słowiński National Park, I could spend there many days, but unfortunately my stay there was pretty short. This photograph was taken during a walk through the huge sand dune in Czołpino (Wydma Czołpińska). Far in the right there is a tiny blue line of the Baltic Sea coast. In fact the coast was not that far away but the wide angle lens enhanced the foreground. On top of a tiny hill which raises from the right side, in the forest there is a lighthouse.

Słowiński National Park (Polish: Słowiński Park Narodowy) is a National Park in Pomeranian Voivodeship, northern Poland. It is situated on the Baltic coast, between Łeba and Rowy. The northern boundary of the Park consists of 32.5 kilometres (20.2 mi) of coastline.
The park was created in 1967. Today it covers 186.18 km2 (71.88 sq mi), of which 102.13 km² consists of waters and 45.99 km² of forests. The strictly preserved zone covers 56.19 km². In 1977 UNESCO designated the Park a biosphere reserve under its Programme on Man and the Biosphere (MaB). The Słowiński wetlands were designated a Ramsar site in 1995.
The Park is named after the Slavic people known as the Slovincians (Polish: Słowińcy), who used to live in this swampy, inaccessible area at the edge of Lake Leba. In the village of Kluki there is an open air museum presenting aspects of this people's former life and culture.

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