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Boris Jaroscak (JARESO)
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Enthusiast photographer with a passion for nature, animals and cultural heritage sceneries, such as pictures of castles, historical towns or outdoor museums.
Enthusiast photographer with a passion for nature, animals and cultural heritage sceneries, such as pictures of castles, historical towns or outdoor museums.

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Here is an #aerial view of #paraglider I captured at the location of #Stranik, near #Zilina town, northern #Slovakia.
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On this photo you can see a recent view showing grassy shore, wooden pier and small boats at the Liptovska Mara lake with the Rohace mountains peaked on the left side; as viewed from place located near Bobrovnik village, just a few kilometers northwest of the city of Liptovsky Mikulas, in Liptovsky region, northern Slovakia.

The Rohace mountains are part of Western Tatra mountain range and they are a very popular hiking destination in Slovakia. In the distance can be seen also the famous peak of Krivan, part of High Tatras. This peak is frequently used national symbol in Slovakia. Various surveys among hikers and recreational tourists have ranked the Krivan as the Slovak country's most popular mountain!

The Liptovska Mara is the second largest lake in Slovakia; by the area of 27 km2. It is a very popular destination for travelers and fishermen, especially during summer and autumn months.

This location has so much to offer, both for regular tourists looking for relax, walks and recreation on the beach, as well as for photographers looking for some natural sceneries to take photos of! ;)

Camera: Olympus E-M5 (OM-D)
Lens: M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-50mm 1:3.5-6.3 EZ
Filter: TIFFEN Circular Polarizer Filter 52mm

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#LiptovskaMara, #Liptov, #Rohace, #Lake, #IndianSummer, #Summer, #TravelTips, #Travel, #TravellingTheWorld, #TravelAroundTheWorld, #WorldTravel, #Photography, #LandscapePhotography, #NaturePhotography, #TravelPhotography, #TravelPhoto, #Slovakia, #Slovak, #Slovensko, #KrasySK
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Here is a view of a tourist path leading to the Great Rozsutec peak in the Little Fatra, that I captured during my walks in the location of Vratna Valley, northern Slovakia. This famous mountain is based southwest of the village Zazriva, about 30 km / 18 mi of the Zilina city, where it is seated entirely in the eastern side of the mountains; being part of the Mala Fatra National Park and Rozsutec National Nature Reserve since 1967.

As you have perhaps recognized from the photo, this peak is forming the top pyramid characterized by limestone walls and chin. Even because of that it is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Slovak republic and great location for a whole day trip.

With massive gorges in the area and a varied geological history Mala Fatra has become home to a wide range of both flora and fauna, housing today some of the most rare species of animals found throughout Slovakia as they live along its powerful ridges and among its many waterfalls that find their way throughout the gorges.

Whether you are planning on traveling to Slovakia, have already been to this majestic country or you are simply spending this Sunday looking for travel inspiration here at Google+ photography feeds, one thing is certain; a picture is worth a thousand words, so whenever you travel somewhere make sure you take a lot of photos! If nothing else, then at least to help your travel memories last longer in pictures of that special time. ;)

Camera: Olympus E-M5 (OM-D)
Lens: M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-50mm 1:3.5-6.3 EZ
Filter: TIFFEN Circular Polarizer Filter 52mm

© Copyright: JARESO (Boris Jaroscak)
http://www.jareso.com

As always, any comments, either negative or positive, are naturally welcome; same goes for (re)shares, likes, ratings, or faves! Really, don't be shy or hesitant. I warmly encourage you to comment, (re)share, like, rate, or fave my photos in a great abundance!

#Mountain, #Landscape, #LandscapePhotography, #Nature, #NaturePhotography, #NatureLovers, #TravelTips, #Travel, #TravellingTheWorld, #TravelAroundTheWorld, #WorldTravel, #Photo, #Photography, #TravelPhotography, #TravelPhoto, #MalaFatra, #Slovakia, #Slovak, #Slovensko, #KrasySK
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After some time, I once again bring you view of the Liptovska Mara lake with the remains of the tower that was once part of the historical Church of the Virgin Mary and hills of the Rohace mountains, Western Tatras, seen far away in the distance. This time you can see this place during stormy part of the day, with a lot of clouds above the Rohace mountains in the background.

I am sure that regular readers of my Google+ profile surely know from my previous posts about this location, that the Liptovska Mara is the second largest lake in Slovakia by area (27 km2 / 10 mi2) and it is a very popular summer and autumn holiday destination for travelers and fisherman from all around the world; especially for tourists from nearby Poland. This lake is located in Liptov region, on the Vah river, between towns of Ruzomberok and Liptovsky Mikulas, northern Slovakia.

If you will be nearby be sure to stop there. This location has so much to offer, both for regular tourists looking for relax and recreation on the beach, as well as for photographers looking for some picturesque natural sceneries! Enjoy your Thursday! ;)

Camera: Olympus E-M5 (OM-D)
Lens: M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-50mm 1:3.5-6.3 EZ
Filter: TIFFEN Circular Polarizer Filter 52mm

© Copyright: JARESO (Boris Jaroscak)
http://www.jareso.com

#LiptovskaMara, #Liptov, #Waterscape, #Landscape, #Lake, #Spring, #TravelTips, #Travel, #TravellingTheWorld, #TravelAroundTheWorld, #WorldTravel, #Photography, #TravelPhotography, #TravelPhoto, #Clouds, #Storm, #Slovakia, #Slovak, #Slovensko, #KrasySK
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A vertical view of an ancient wooden fortification located in the open-air archeological museum (archeoskansen) of Havranok that is situated a top of the hill of the same name; above the Liptovska Mara, between the towns of Ruzomberok and Liptovsky Mikulas, in Liptov region, northern Slovakia.

On this picture you can see the towering gate as an entrance to the Celtic fortress and shrine. The main purpose of this tower, with surrounding fortifications, was protection from possible dangers. This is how it might have appeared sometime around the 1st century B.C.E. Naturally this towering gate is just a reconstructed replica, build on excavated foundations of the original stronghold.

The Havranok is a publicly accessible state owned open-air museum, based on the hill where prehistoric Celtic artifacts were excavated. This archeoskansen authentically presents the lifestyle of people from the past centuries. Buildings on the Havranok consist of an authentic replicas showcasing various historical periods, especially times when the Havranok hill was an important religious, economic and political center of the Celtic who lived on the territory of Slovakia, what was sometime around 300 B.C.E. - 180 C.E. The location of Havranok is declared as the locality of a great importance and the national cultural heritage monument of Slovak republic since 1967.

If you happen to be in Liptov region, Slovakia, don't forget to tour this archeoskansen! It has so much to offer, both for tourists looking for history, as well as for photographers looking for some not so commonly seen examples of historical architecture.

Camera: Olympus E-500
Lens: Zuiko Digital 14-45mm/3.5-5.6
Filter: Sigma Wide Circular Polarizing Filter 58mm

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http://www.jareso.com

#Havranok, #Celts, #TravelTips, #Travel, #TravellingTheWorld, #TravelAroundTheWorld, #WorldTravel, #TravelPhoto, #Photo, #Photography, #LandscapePhotography, #TravelPhotography, #ArchitecturePhotography, #GooglePlusPhotographers, #GooglePlusPhotos, #Spring, #Slovakia, #Slovak, #Slovensko, #KrasySK
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It's a #SelfieSunday, so here is the latest tripod selfie showing me with my Olympus camera and winter haircut on my head. ;)

I initially wanted to take some macro and nature photos walking around during a nice warm day, but later at the end of the day I decided to take also some tripod selfies; perhaps to update my online profile, such as my profile here on Google+ or elsewhere, with more recent shots of myself and also because I simply find it kind of fun to take these self portraits from time to time.

If you read my previous posts about tripod selfies, you are already familiar with the way how I take them. I am a proud user of Olympus systems and because of that I currently have two Olympus cameras. The one is Olympus E-500 DSLR I am using since 2006 and the other one is mirror-less Olympus E-M5 (OM-D) I bought in 2012. So while holding one of them in hand, I can easily use the other one to capture my selfies.

I have taken this selfie in indoor conditions with a white plastered wall as the background. The scene was illuminated using two light sources only, both natural; without any studio equipment at all.

Both, the primary and the secondary light source was the sun shining through the windows located on the two sides of the room, one on the southern side, the other one on the western side; me being on the eastern site. The light was also diffused by white semi-transparent curtains covering both windows. Of course it was far from the ideal setup, but I don’t care anyway, because I like this type of challenge in photography and I also like experimenting with lighting conditions that are available.

Because it was basically the end of the day, the sun was low on the horizon, shinning quasi-directly to both of the windows, which was basically good, because the whole room was full of light; without any need for artificial light source supporting the scene. On the other side there wasn’t much time, because it was late and the sun went down quickly, thus I managed to take only a few selfies in just a few poses.

Anyway, here is one of them; a quick tripod selfie of how it turned out, so you can judge for yourself. :)

Capturing camera: Olympus E-M5 (OM-D)
Lens: M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-50mm 1:3.5-6.3 EZ
Wireless remote control: Pixel TW-282
Tripod: Velbon CX 540

Camera in my hand: Olympus E-500
Teleconverter: Olympus EC-20 Tele Converter 2,0x
Lens: Zuiko Digital ED 70-300mm/1:4.0-5.6 EZ-7030
Lens hood: LH-61E

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http://www.jareso.com

Anyway, as always, any comments, either negative or positive, are naturally welcome; same goes for likes, ratings, faves, or any sort of other social interactions available here at Google+!

#SelfieTime, #SelfPortrait, #AutoPortrait, #Selfie, #Photographer, #Portrait, #PortraitPhotography, #Photo, #Photography, #PeoplePhotography, #People, #Camera, #FourThirds, #Olympus, #OlympusInspired, #Sunday, #Hair, #CurlyHair, #HairStyle
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Here is an evening view of the Zilina town showing towers of the church of the Holy Trinity and fortification walls on the Andrej Hlinka square. The city-theatre can be seen on the left side. The town of Zilina is an important center of north-western Slovakia. It has a population of approximately 85,000 people, which makes it the fourth largest city in whole Slovak republic.

This Roman Catholic church is one of the most significant monuments in the town of Zilina and since February 2008 it became the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, but it is still colloquially known as the Parish church. The Holy Trinity church towers of Zilina create the typical skyline of this town.

I have taken this photo years ago, in the cold January of the year 2007, just a few minutes before the full sundown, when sky was still a little bit blue, so it can be considered more an evening photo than the night one. Anyway, as always, I hope you like it! Of course, any comments, either negative or positive, are naturally warmly welcome; same goes for (re)shares, likes, ratings, or faves! Really, don't be shy or hesitant and comment, (re)share, 1+, rate, or fave any of my posts here on Google+ as much as you like! ;)

Camera: Olympus E-500
Lens: Zuiko Digital 40-150mm/3.5-4.5
Tripod: Velbon CX 540

The date and time when this photo was taken:
11. ‎‎January ‎2007, 16:29

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http://www.jareso.com

#NightPhotography, #NightPhoto, #SundownPhotography, #ArchitecturePhotography, #Architecture, #TravelTips, #Travel, #HDRPhotography, #HDRphoto, #TravelPhotography, #Photo, #Photography, #LongExposure, #CityScapePhotography, #StreetPhotography, #Zilina, #Slovakia, #Slovak, #Slovensko, #KrasySK
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After some time here is another view of the famous waterfall located in the Lucky village, Ruzomberok district, Liptov region, northern Slovakia. This is a picture from my photo archive, as I captured it in the evening of the last day of the year 2008 and as you can see it shows this waterfall in the mood of the cold winter; covered with ice and frost.

In case you haven't read my previous posts about this location, you should know that this waterfall is believed to feature a healing water. Yes, that's right! Location of the Lucky is a wide known for its spa houses and resorts founded back in the 18th century. Actually, most water springs from the Lucky village are believed to have positive effects on various diseases, especially on treatment of female problems and because of that many women visit the Lucky spa houses during all seasons!

Anyway, the last time when I posted various photos of this waterfall on my social accounts, some questions in comments and private messages arose, whether Lucky's village mineral-rich water is * really * healing?!

Well, I am not 100% sure whether these springs are * really * healing, but the village of Lucky is wide famous for its spa houses where women from all around of Slovakia as well as from nearby countries, and perhaps even from distant countries, go for various healing therapies, aimed on treatment of all sorts of female problems, including lack of ability to have a child. As far as I know, combination of these therapies, with so believed, healing water from the springs of Lucky village really helps with these problems somehow. Anyway, these spa houses and healing facilities are successfully operational since 18th century, and since then, there are a lot of examples of couples who finally managed to conceive a child after recreational visits of these spa houses. So, I guess there must be something about it. ;)

Camera: Olympus E-500
Lens: Zuiko Digital 14-45mm/3.5-5.6
Filter: Sigma Wide Circular Polarizing Filter 58mm
‎Tripod: Velbon CX 540

The date and time when this photo was taken:
‎31. ‎December ‎2008, ‏‎16:40

© Copyright: JARESO (Boris Jaroscak)
http://www.jareso.com

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As always, any comments, either negative or positive, are naturally warmly welcome; same goes for (re)shares, likes, ratings, or faves! Really, don't be shy or hesitant and comment, (re)share, like, rate, or fave my posts in a great abundance!

#Lucky, #Ruzomberok, #Liptov, #Waterfall, #Ice, #Frost, #Winter, #TravelTips, #Travel, #TravellingTheWorld, #TravelAroundTheWorld, #WorldTravel, #Photography, #NaturePhotography, #TravelPhotography, #TravelPhoto, #Slovakia, #Slovak, #Slovensko, #KrasySK
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During the winter season the sight of the Orava Castle is just as majestic as what it is during the warmer weather. The only difference is that the landscape turns into a winter wonderland. People from all over the world still love to come and visit the Orava castle during the cold months just to see what is the castle like during that time of the year.

As you can see during the winter, the land surrounding the Orava castle is more barren and full of the white blanket of snow on the hill. The trees are naked and leafless.

The mentions and the findings of the Orava castle date it all the way back to the year 1267. During this time, the castle only took up a small area of the land, which was made up of only a couple of buildings. All parts of the castle were made of wood; as were most of the castles during this time period. As time went on, there were more floors added to the castle and it extended upwards; using mainly the small area that it was originally built on. So basically all of the rest of the add-ons were vertical. It allowed the castle to be seen from even further away. The upper level of the castle extended at least 112 meters / 367 ft off the limestone rock cliff. The ground floor was built of stone, while the upper floors were made of wood. The middle of the castle was a four story castle during the mid 1300's. Later there more rooms and fortifications were added on for the purpose of the protection and comfort of those who were residing there.

This castle is one of the most popular landmarks in Slovakia. It is visited by thousands of travelers from all around the world, during all seasons. This castle is also a popular location for filming fairy tale or horror movies. It is located in Orava region, northern Slovakia.

Btw. Since this is a first post of 2016 have a happy and successful New Year everyone! ;)

Camera: Olympus E-500
Lens: Zuiko Digital 40-150mm/3.5-4.5

© Copyright: JARESO (Boris Jaroscak)
http://www.jareso.com

#OravaCastle, #Castle, #Winter, #Wintertime, #WinterIsHere, #Snow, #Snowing, #WinterWonderland, #HappyHolidays, #TravelTips, #Travel, #Photo, #Photography, #TravelPhotography, #LandscapePhotography, #Orava, #Slovakia, #Slovak, #Slovensko, #KrasySK
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A summertime view from my archive showing a traditional style log house wall, with flowers, chopped wood, old-time hand saw and wagon wheel used as a decoration. The old-fashioned log houses build in this architectural way are called "drevenice" (plural form) or "drevenica" (singular form) in Slovak language.

This photo is in fact front close-up of a log restaurant located in northern Slovakia, near Liptovska Sielnica village, where I had a great traditional Slovak cuisine dinner on my way through the Liptov region.

Of course, on that occasion, I couldn't resist to photograph some details and close-ups there, such as this wall and other old-fashioned rural decorations.

Camera: Olympus E-M5 (OM-D)
Lens: M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-50mm 1:3.5-6.3 EZ
Filter: TIFFEN Circular Polarizer Filter 52mm

© Copyright: JARESO (Boris Jaroscak)
http://www.jareso.com

#Traditional, #Cottage, #Log, #Drevenica, #Koliba, #TravelTuesday, #RealEstate, #Exterior, #ExteriorDesign, #Decor, #HomeDecor, #Architecture, #ArchitecturePhotography, #Photography, #Photo, #Liptov, #Slovakia, #Slovak, #Slovensko, #KrasySK
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