Photographer's Note

The Kackar mountains rise between the shores of the Black Sea to the north and the Coruh river valley to the south. On the northern flank an immense variety of vegetation flourishes in the rainy climate. The northern slopes of Kackar Mountains are always plunged in mist. It results from their localization - near the Black sea. Humid air moves toward the slopes and condense in beautifuel clouds.

Up to 500 meters above sea level, tea plantations and citrus orchards cover the hillsides. Chestnut, hornbeam, beech and other large-leafed trees forest the slopes to 750 meters. Between elevations of 750-1500 meters, pines mix in with the large-leafed trees until gradually they remain the only species of tree from 1500-2000 meters. Alpine meadows and other grassy vegetation cover the ground above 2100 meters. On the southern faces of the Kackars, which receive strong sunshine and less precipitation, the agriculture is based on the cultivation of fruit and vines. On the northern side, in the higher elevations, meadows of wild flowers and grasses blanket the slopes up to elevations of 2300 meters.

But here from the top of Didvake you can see only clouds with small isolated islands of rocks forming thu summits of numbrous peaks.

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Additional Photos by Lukasz ski (Lukasso) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 173 W: 49 N: 82] (645)
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