"Call the mountains, and I have to go," said John Muir, an author and early advocate for wildlife conservation in the United States. While this quote is cited by nature lovers everywhere, a series of photos by Polish photographer Michal Galczynski have given it a new meaning. Together with his girlfriend and her parents, Galczynski photographed photos of the impressive Tatra mountain range in Slovakia. The results are nothing short of unbelievable.
The huge tantras
"For me, it is one of the top 10 most beautiful places in Europe," explains Galczynski. It is no wonder why he is so fascinated by the tantras.
The Tantras form a natural border between the countries of Slovakia and Poland and belong to the highest mountains of the Carpathians. The highest peak, known as Gerlach, reaches 8,710 feet.
A troubled story
Although breathtaking, the Tantra Mountains were not always accessible to eager hikers and travelers.
After the collapse of the Austrian Empire in 1918, it became illegal to walk across the Tantras without passing through an official border checkpoint. For decades, hikers and travelers stayed without checkpoints along the ridge and made many peaks in Tantra illegal to visit. Only in 2007 was it legal to cross the border between Poland and Slovakia along the Tantras. Therefore, the range for many was an unequaled treasure.
A dreamy, diverse landscape
If you thought that there were only mountains along the Tantras, you would be wrong. The track is also home to several beautiful, cascading waterfalls, making it a must for any traveler in the world.
If you are fortunate enough to visit this enchanting place you will probably see many animals including foxes, marmots, the Eurasian lynx and much more. But do not take our word for it. If these are breathtaking photos are any evidence of what the tantras have to offer, they certainly contain much more To discover magic,