Winter Rhodopean Lakes
A significant part of Bulgaria's water resources is located in the Rhodope Mountains. There are a number of dams used for power generation, irrigation and tourism...More information
A significant part of Bulgaria's water resources is located in the Rhodope Mountains. There are a number of dams used for power generation, irrigation and tourism.
These places are quite popular in the summer but my goal was to see how winter modifies the landscape and living conditions. During two winters, I travelled and explored them. I crossed “Batak”, “Beglik” and “Shiroka polyana” dams. These artificial lakes are located at an altitude of 1,100 to 1,540 meters above sea.
Winter is beautiful and harsh. The landscape catch the eye with its various figures, forms, snow-covered trees, spectacular lights... The atmospheric conditions are tough but life still follows its daily rhythm – the fishermen, telling you stories while drilling holes in the ice, a flock of birds drifting in the water or the horses left on their own and keen to take apple from your hand. Human presence could be noticed almost everywhere, even in the long-ago abandoned hunting lodge of the former Bulgarian king. And the summer holiday huts – they all look different and somehow abandoned waiting for their usual visitors.