I Capture the Fragile Beauty of Nature.

My name is Katarzyna Załużna.
I live in Poland. I am a mother of three children.
I am an amateur photographer and have become passionate about photography over the past three years.
I love to photograph my children, snails and floral motifs in the sunlight.
I shoot mostly using a manual lens with an old Pentacon.
My photographs are a reflection of my emotional state and spirituality.
Photography is not only my passion, but is a way of expressing myself.
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Malbork, a Gothic Castle.

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Recognized as the largest castle in the world by surface area, the Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork (as it is often referred as) boasts the most complete and illustrative example of the ‘Gothic’ brick complex which was fashioned in the unique style of the Teutonic Order.
This imposing structure was built in 1274 when the monastic state in Prussia, founded by the Teutonic Knights, the ‘Catholic religious order of Germany’, was at its apex.
This classic medieval styled castle is located in the northern Poland’s Pomeranian region, along the Nogat River, in the ‘Vistula River delta’ near ‘Baltic Sea’.
The castle was built in a form of an ‘Ordensburg Fortress’ and was named as ‘Marienburg’ (Mary’s Castle) after the ‘Virgin Mary’ who was the patron saint of the Order.
The town surrounding the castle was also named as ‘Marienburg’.
This magnificent castle’s outermost wall encloses 52 acres (21 ha) of the area which is four times larger than the area enclosed by ‘Windsor Castle.
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History In Brief:
The castle was built by the ‘Teutonic Orders’ after the conquest of old ‘Prussia’ in order to strengthen their stronghold over the ‘Pomeranian’ region.
The castle was expanded several times to accommodate the growing numbers of Knights and soon it became the largest fortified Gothic structure in Europe.
The strategic importance of the ‘Malbork Castle’ surged during the Teutonic Knights’ invasion on Gdansk and Pomerania in 1308 and it housed nearly 3,000 Teutonic warriors during that period.
Read on via Malbork Castle: The Largest Castle In The World | Around De Globe

“Bicycle Path Charged by The Sun”.

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Cycling is one of the most eco-friendly ways to travel, and thanks to this solar-powered bike lane that glows in the dark, it just got even more so.
The luminous blue cycling strip, which can be found near Lidzbark Warminski in the north of Poland, was created by TPA Instytut Badań Technicznych Sp. z o.o.
It’s made from a synthetic material that can give out light for up to ten hours at a time once charged by the sun throughout the day.
Although the concept was inspired by Studio Roosegaarde’s Starry Night bike lane in the Netherlands, the technology is quite different as the Dutch version uses LEDs whereas this one is entirely dependent upon solar power.

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It’s still in the testing phase at the moment, but let’s hope that this bright idea will be implemented in other countries in the very near future.
(h/t: inhabitat)

See more Images via Poland Unveils Glow-In-The-Dark Bicycle Path That Is Charged By The Sun | Bored Panda

“Crooked Trees”.

crooked-forest-krzywy-las-kilian-schonberger-poland-4There’s a small grove of regular pine trees in West Pomerania, Poland, that has become famous because of one little “twist” – all 400 of the trees located there have a strange bend at the base!
The stand of trees was planted around 1930 in what was then Germany.
The trees all take a sharp 90-degree turn soon after leaving the ground before sweeping back into an upright position with a graceful curve.
Their strange but beautiful nature is captured perfectly in the below photos by Kilian Schönberger, whom we’ve written about before here.
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No one is certain how or why the trees were bent, but most believe that it was an intentional, mechanical process.
Trees can be manipulated to create naturally bent parts for, furniture or other applications.
Others have theorized that a severe snowfall could have caused the curious phenomenon.
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More info: kilianschoenberger.de | Facebook | Instagram | Behance (h/t: colossal)
Source: Mysterious Forest Of 400 Crooked Trees In Poland Is Still A Mystery For Scientists | Bored Panda

“Maple Alley.”

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by Przemysław Kruk
The Maple Alley in Złoty Potok in Poland is a really charming place.
It is placed on “Jura” (land between Cracow and Czestochowa) among calcareous rocks and beautiful forests.
Formerly this road was frequented by horse chases.
I fell in love with this place 8 years ago. Actually, I come here often during every autumn but I come across good conditions only once in 4 year.

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Maples lose their leafs truly quick and this is always race again time.
Although when you “meet” the weather, colors, and fog, it becomes magical.

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Zloty Potok to Krakow, Poland: 1 h 41 min (98.1 km) via DW794
Source: I Visited The Maple Alley In Złoty Potok, Poland To Capture The True Heart Of Autumn | Bored Panda

“Dreamscapes of Girls”.

0a1007d4e81b45d9bfce248ec4ee9bca0e3b9b63_660These beautiful illustrations by Ania Tomicka are both unsettling and endearing at the same time. Inspired by the American pop surrealist movement, the intense gaze of the subjects pierce through the images and delve into your very core.
And that’s without even mentioning the cute/creepy critters.
Tomicka is from Lodz, Poland.
When she was nine she moved to Italy, where she “started to draw seriously: Manga at first and realistic things afterwards.” After graduating from art school, Tomicka began to use oil colours – a technique that soon became her favourite.
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In terms of inspiration, Tomicka has “always been interested in realistic, renaissance works.
Her first loves are Salvador Dalì and Wojtek Siudmak’s big canvases, full of absurd and strange creations, painted in a divine way.” And the latter is precisely how we’d describe Tomicka’s own work. To see more, visit her website.
Via Behance
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via Whimsical, surreal dreamscapes of girls and their disturbing sidekicks | Creative Boom.