Lake Bokodi, in the village of Bokod, about 80 kilometers west of Budapest, Hungary, is an artificial lake created in 1961 by the Oroszlány Thermal Power Company by flooding a low-lying meadow next to the plant.
The power plant draws cold water from the lake to operate its boilers, and warm water is returned back to the lake.
This continues recycling of the water causes the lake to never freeze even in the chilly winter air.
Over the years, the lake became a popular spot for fishing and angling, and a number of small wooden cottage on stilts were erected by the locals, with wooden boardwalks leading to them.
As Lake Bokodi’s fame spread through the internet, tourists and photographers started thronging to this remote village.
On a Monday afternoon back in December of the year 2014 I got a call from a photographer, that a whole district of Budapest is totally under ice and the trees are falling over because of the ice pressure.
At this moment I never thought that this call would end in the most exciting press-work of my whole life.
I met with other photographer in the early hours of the following day and we get up the hills of Buda.
We just knew one thing – everyone told us “don’t go up there, it’s extremely dangerous”.
But we had to. After we exit the bus we saw the first tree falling over, just a few meters away from us.
After this awful shock we started our way into little streets, far away from the main street, listening to one sound – the sound of the trees. The sound of branches braking under the weight of Ice.
The little once were not that dangerous, but nearly every ten minute we saw a giant tree collapsing, braking into the roof of a house or falling on a car.
I personally was not afraid, because I knew that I had to do my job. I had to show people the power of nature, so there was no time to think about the consequences.
By looking up for nearly the whole time (I had never watched trees and branches for such a long time) I photographed powerful nature to show what it is able to do to helpless people.
This colored copperplate view of Bratislava (Posonium in Latin, known as Pressburg during the period of the Austrian and Austro-Hungarian Empire) is the oldest and best-known popular depiction of the city.
The creator of this edited copy of the print was the German master Franz Hogenberg (1535−90).
At the time the print was made, Bratislava was the capital of Hungary and was also a coronation city of the Habsburg rulers.
The view depicts the Danube River, dominated by Bratislava Castle, which was a seat of the Hungarian part of the Habsburg monarchy until 1780.
An interesting note in the upper-right part of the view mentions Wolfgang Lazius (1514−65), who was an important Hungarian humanist and cartographer and the author of the second oldest map of Hungary (1556).
In 1593 this view was used in the book Civitates orbis terrarum. Liber quartus urbium praecipuarum totius mundi (The cities of the world. The fourth book of the principal cities of the world), published in Cologne by Georg Braun and Franz Hogenberg.
Golden-bellied mangabey monkey born at Budapest Zoo.
Photo: A small baby monkey scratches the head of an adult monkey. Only 12 zoos are believed to have golden-bellied mangabeys. (Attila Kovacs/MTI via AP)
A rare monkey only held by a handful of zoos around the world has been born in Budapest, bringing the total in captivity globally to 27.
The baby golden-bellied mangabey, whose species originates in the forests of West Africa, was born October 22.
Budapest Zoo spokesman Zoltan Hanga said on Friday the infant had not yet been named or its gender determined because keepers did not want to disturb the monkeys’ intimacy to inspect the newborn.
Mr Hanga said only 12 zoos have golden-bellied mangabeys.
Photo: A small baby monkey sits close to an adult monkey.The baby monkey will contribute to preserving genetic diversity among the members of its species in captivity. (Attila Kovacs/MTI via AP)
The ancestors of this infant’s father are from zoos in the United States while the mother’s are from European zoos, so the baby monkey is contributing to preserving genetic diversity among the members of the species in captivity.
Mr Hanga said their exact preservation status in the wild is unknown.via AP