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cicindela Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1223 W: 0 N: 3103] (9226)
Yesterday I presented some iceclifs from W Spitsbergen so today maybe something “warmer” ;>

The Muddy Volcanoes or Vulcanii noroiosi, is an amazing geological nature reserve (about 30 ha) localized in the small village Vulcanii noroiosi near Berca in Buzau county (SE Romania). This area is a part of Carpathians Moutains named Subcarpatii de Curbura.

But why Vulcanii noroiosi are so interesting?

At first they are not “normal” volcanoes. You can not see there any lava. There is no fire, no smoke... :> The only eruptions which you can observe are eruptions of mud. Also the temperature of this mud is not high, usually only about 30C.
From time to time you can see how the huge muddy bleb is spliting and the river of mud flow down the hills. As a results of these eruptions small muddy “craters” appear everywhere. Thanks to all these factors this area is more similar to moon landscapes than to Balkan sceneries.

There is no place like this in the whole Europe even if other “types” of volcanoes are present on this continent. And this is really amazing!!! :>

Moreover, the muddy volcanoes are surrouded by extensive steppes overgrow by e.g. Feather grass (Stipa spp.), and in salty areas also by glasswort (Salicornia sp.) From time to time you can see some European bee-eaters (Merops apiaster) or European rollers (Coracias garrulus) hunting for the insects. There is a lot of lizards, mantids, dragonflies, beetles...


Here on the photo you can see one of the “craters”, just a few minutes after muddy erupsion.
I hope that you will like it :)

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cicindela Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1223 W: 0 N: 3103] (9226)
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Edited by:InI23 Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 10 W: 6 N: 29] (158)

The foreground was a little too dark for my taste, so I used to lasso tool to select the foreground. Then using levels and curves I brightened it enough so that more detail was shown, but not too much so that it still looks real.

Cheers
Wes