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AFRICA ON THE BALKANS


AFRICA ON THE BALKANS
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Copyright: Radomir Jaskula (cicindela) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1223 W: 0 N: 3103] (9226)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-21
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400, 35-105 mm 1:4,5-5,6, @ ISO 100
Exposure: f/5.8
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Rocks of all shapes and sizes, Geological Wonders, Landscapes [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-09-12 10:44
Viewed: 5375
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello again!
Today I would like to show you a very unique and rather poorly known place from Serbia, and another "stop" from my last trip to the Balkans :>

So here we are in the moutain area placed near Kurshumlija, SE Serbia, just next to the Radan Mt.. The name of this place is Djavolja Varos and this can be translated as "Devil's Town".

Djavolja Varos is a very unique type of rock formation on the Balkan Peninsula, even if a little similar to some regions of SW Bulgaria (to compare please see here).
It is a complex of stone pyramids located in the watershed between Djavolja jaruga and Paklena jaruga (=Devil's Gully and Hellts Gully) near the Tuta River (Yellow River), and covers an area of about 4300 sq meters. Interesting is that this area is surrounded by forest predominated by Quercus and Fagus species overgrowing all other parts of these region.

Of course the shapes of pyramids were made in process of water erosion. The caps are formed from much harder type of rocks and protect soft material placed below.

In total there are about 200 pyramids and towers standing from 2 to 15 meters.

Djavolja Varos is a natural monument protected since 1959, it is also the only one natural area in Serbia placed on the UNESCO list.

I wrote about localization and unique character of this amazing place, but why it is named "Devil's Town"? Are there any devils in this place or the name is just after some legends of myths? Are you interesting in explanation? Well, please feel free to visit my gallery soon because it is just another story... ;>

mirceax, fartash, haraprasan, jcoowanitwong, cataclysta, PaulH, anel, uleko, sily, Roynsam has marked this note useful
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To John_F_Kennedy: Pyramids in Switzerlandcicindela 1 09-13 07:21
To haraprasan: house of giant antscicindela 1 09-13 01:22
To fartash: thank you Fartash!cicindela 1 09-12 16:49
To Silvio2006: many thanks!cicindela 1 09-12 14:16
To marieproue: thank you :)cicindela 1 09-12 13:06
To mirceax: thank you!cicindela 1 09-12 11:19
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Hi Radomir,
Very intresting landscape, this erosion relief is spectacular.
I love in this shot the diagonal composition and the contrast blue- yelow.

tfs

Mircea

Hello Radomir
What a great scene you captured,Very strange
enviorment, Perfect lighting and composition,
Superb shot,Welldone.

Good Luck
Fartash

Superbe, très impressionnant comme paysage, merci de partager avec nous.
Marie

Hi Radomir, wonderful view of natural monument with splendid colors, excellent composition, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Radomir,
These things look like some house of giant ants. What beautiful sculptures our mother nature has build for us. Nicely captured with good composition and lighting. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Radomir,
Interesting natural phenomena. You show here at good pov. The image is crisp clear and well seen. Also thanks to your informative note.
JC

Czesc Radziu
Swietna fotka. W koncu mogles podejc i ogladac skalne grzybki w dobrym swietle :-) Dobre naswietlenie (a widze ze slonce byl ostre bo jest tak na granicy)fajna kompozycja ( ja lubie pionowe zdjecia) Oczywiscie swietna notka
Pozdrowionka
Krzys

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-09-13 3:18]

Radomir, WOW What a shot. I have seen smaller ones in our village. This is superb and fantastic shot. The observation is class. Ganesh

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-09-13 4:34]

Hi Radomir,
awesome landscape, shown very well through your composition here. Great forgeround that when combined with the hill in the BG has created a nice double layer. Super lighting and exposure, it seems i have missed many great shots by yourself, you have a fantastic gallery.
Paul

Do you know the Pyramids of Eugiene in Switzerland. Same in white.

Nice photo with nice details, I also liked the color and the sharpness.
Best wishes,
Achim

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-09-13 7:02]

Hello Radomir,
I just see that picture and its interesting note. This is really a beautiful sight and impressive erosion. In Valais we have almost the same formations, les Pyramides d'Euseigne. You can find some pictures on TE, if you would like to make a comparision. Thanks for this interesting post.
Bonne soirée
Anne

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-09-13 12:17]

Hello Radomir,
This is a most spectacular landscape very well captured. It's hard to envisage from where you've taken this shot - from another hill or from a plane? Anyway, the details are very sharp and the colours wonderful. Excellent composition too.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-09-13 14:16]

Espectacular!
A marvellous shot and fantastic composition.
My compliments and TFS.
Greetings
Maite

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-09-14 5:11]

bonjour Radomir,
merci pour ton passage, je vois que tu ne perds pas de temps non plus pour publier de belles images. Superbe netteté avec une vue plongeante qui nous laisse apprécier l'ensemble.

tfs
gaetan

Hello Ramdomir,
This is such unusual scenery to me. It looks to be another planet where the sky is amazingly blue! Details, perspective and composition are very well done and your notes very interesting. I can't wait to know why this place is called this way :) Thanks!
Claudine

Hello Radomir

Really excellent photo.
Very unusual rock formation, until I read your note, I thought they were huge termite mounds.
I am off to Serbia on 21st December, to the Fruska Gora Mountains, to photograph and film the wildlife there.
Excellent photo.

Regards

Roy

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