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Month: November 2016

Felix Vogeli

Felix Vogeli

Photos and paintings from the Shipka museum of the Forrest from the early 1900’s.

Shipka in 1905
Shipka in 1905

As you can see the hillsides are bare. No trees are growing. This lead to a cathastrophic floods with every heavy rain. In 1904, at the Kazanlak public request, the Bulgarian Government asked the French Government for help to fight against torrents and floods. In 1905 the French forester Felix Luis-Mari Vogeli arrived and set up a Torrent Stabilization and Forestation Office in Kazanlak. He then worked in the country for six years and laid the beginning of anti-erosion activities on a national scale in Bulgaria. A lot of Bulgarians volunteered to build check dams and plant trees.


First walk through Shipka’s ecotrail

First walk through Shipka’s ecotrail

Shipkas eco-trail unfortunately doesn’t start as it should. It begins with rocky road which was started to build due to cutting activities and their benefits. Thanks to Shipkas nature activists, the road building in in this place is banned now.
Also everywhere are fallen peaces of wood. It is not only because of this road, but also because of wrecking pine trees, which were planted about 100 years ago. Now the eco-trail is not only threatened by cutting (which is still not well organised and done properly), but also by natural vegetation change.


Also as we reached the place were it is possible to get fresh water, we heard the sound of cutting. Undoubtedly it ruined our peaceful walk through the trail.
No inhabitant of Shipka wants their forest to be damaged, therefore many enterprising locals have been working together to save this place for future people sake.


“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children”


Photos of eco-trail

Photos of eco-trail

“I like this place and could willingly waste my time in it.”
William Shakespeare

dsc_1543“There is no better designer than nature.”
Alexander McQueen

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“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.”

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“Look! Look! Look deep into nature and you will understand everything.”
Albert Einstein

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“No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face.”
John Donne

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“…and then, I have nature and art and poetry, and if that is not enough, what is enough?”
Vincent Van Gogh