Above Me Are the Alps

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My dear Friends,

Above me are the Alps and I found the way to get to them. I have never thought that I might be lack of right words to describe my feelings…but the time I saw them I couldn’t whisper a sound. I felt that mountains live in me, they are my vital part, I cannot live without them. John Muir said “We are now in the mountains and they are in us, kindling enthusiasm, making every nerve quiver, filling every pore and cell of us.” Lord Byron could not resist the beauty of Alps, so do I…

My thoughts are not gathered yet, I am like that castle in the center of the most beautiful and I am ready for a plunge…

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Have a wonderful and inspiring week!

Love you all,

Yours Writer

 

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IT SPEAKS IN SILENCE TO THE VERY CORE OF YOUR BEING

No matter how sophisticated you may be, a large granite mountain cannot be denied – it speaks in silence to the very core of your being” (Ansel Adams)

These mountains, my mountains, my Western Ukrainians mountains do speak to the very core of my being.

Geographically playing I dare to divide my country in four parts: eastern, western, northern and southern. I live in the Northern, while my heart usually drifts to the Western  with its rich nature and most gorgeous views ever. No matter how many times I do come back there, I still find something hidden, something captivating and new.  And this time while traveling there I found myself so attracted to these fantastic mountains that I lost my wish to come back even. The emotions caught me and would not like to leave. I was happy and so free as never and anywhere in my life. There in the middle of the field between these cute little flowers I felt myself so good and so right like I do belong to be there. Odd and confusing feeling, yet so lovely one – to find your place, the place where your heart and soul sing, where you enjoy every second and where nothing bothers you from that perfect harmony with nature and complete dissolve in it. There is so less I need, just this peaceful island where nobody can find me. My mountains will protect me from anything bad and they will accompany me in my search of silence. It does important to enjoy silence, sometimes words are not required. Mountains, powerful and unknown nature gifts can read between the lines of my soul. You just look at them and see their silent response. That is all you need. That is all I need:

What does speak to the core of your very being? Where is your island?

I believe my little film will bring you joy and peace and will make your week special!

Love you all,

Yours Film Director

 

The Eye of The Sea Fairy Tales

Morskie Oko

Morskie Oko (the Eye of the Sea) is the largest lake in the Tatra Mountains, Zakopane, Poland.  A long time ago here were only forests, fields and meadows. A noble Polish gentleman who called himself Sea lived here. He had a pretty daughter. One Hungarian Prince fell in love with her and asked her father for her hand. However,  such marriage was not meant to be, since the Prince was not a Pole. Once Sea had been called to set out with the king on a military expedition. Before setting off Sea had locked his daughter in the monastery and threatened to curse her if she would disobey his order and run away with the Prince. His daughter became reconciled with her lot. Thus, Prince was not ready to give up. He decided to conquer his beloved girl’s heart with the help of jewels. Forest fairies who saw all his presents predicted that Prince would be rich soon and decided to help him They showed him a secret path to the castle. Shortly afterwards Prince together with his powerful army had conquered the castle on the top of the hill and married the girl. Unfortunately, Sea did not come back from his military mission and his daughter cried so long and desperately that her tears became a lake

Morskie Oko, Zakopane

Many centuries ago local habitats thought that this lake was secretly connected with Mediterranean Sea. It was believed that trunks with gold and jewelry were traveling through that passages and arrived to the lake where seamen collected them. Therefore locals dived to this lake to look for treasures. All their efforts were useless, many of the divers had never come back…

Nowadays Morskie Oko is the most attractive lake for the tourists. It is not so easy to reach, you have to walk approximately 9 km on foot. Alternatively, you can choose a cart with horses. The lake is quite large, walking around will take some time. It is one of the most popular attractions to not only foreigners, but Polish tourists as well. You may be lucky to witness even some wedding shooting on its banks.

The Eye of the Sea is not anymore a pool of girls’ tears or a death place for gold divers, it became one of the most beautiful and important lakes to be visited. Its past mysterious pictures are mixed  with its present happy images. So many feet walked there and so many pictures made. So many legends are made up, and so many memories are stored. Perhaps mine are the modest ones, but they still made with passion for nature and its designs. I love your designs, dear Lady Nature! Thank you for the inspiration! I owe you a lot!

And what are the sources of your inspiration?

I’d love to hear your comments!

Thank you and happy Thursday!

Yours Ann

P.S. My webshop designs are available as usually: http://www.redbubble.com/people/anrostudio/works/22669555-morskie-oko-back-to-history

As Far As Close

Pine Greens

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I want to stand as close as I can to many things and be able to notice even the tiniest detail. Often it’s the details that together make a magnificent whole. In this picture the magnificent whole is the mountain covered with snow and awakened green grass, and the detail is the branch of a pine tree that is visible only in zooming. There is a big distance between them, they are as far and as close – two creations of Mother Nature. Only mountains are big enough to be caught, while a little branch is enough small to be overlooked. Similar to life. Due to daily problems circling around “how to earn, where to spend less” we miss a lot of things that are right in front of us. For instance, this little branch of pine tree whose green color touches up the picture of our being! Friends, let us not miss the details and enjoy everything that is so far and so close as well! For example, my Friday card designed specially for you! Give me a hint if you like it! Grateful in advance!

“Life is not a plot; it’s in the details.”
Jodi Picoult

The Mountains Are Calling and I Must Go

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“The mountains are calling and I must go” (John Muir)

It is Monday and the beginning of new week full of challenges for us. Right? How are you doing? 

Mountains I saw in Poland still haunt me. I constantly imagine them in my head and recall days spent next to them. The pictures presented in the postcard above are made  on the territory of the Tatra National Park on the way to Morskie Oko lake (be patient to see one of the most beautiful lake in the world). It was one of cloudy days that make you feel the mystery even stronger. It is a very big park with long distances to walk. Even the most demanding hikers can be satisfied, however, I shall not be so confident as I do not belong to their group. On the contrary, I am the laziest hiker who may choose a ride in the horse carriage other then a 9-km walk. However, dear hikers, do not frown, during my first time here I did conquer this route, thus have some faith in me. It was marvelous and I am still so proud of myself, though my feet were of the opposite opinion. Anyway, finding myself there again was so great I hardly can describe. High Tatras, a very clean and peaceful lake and…thousands of nosy tourists sitting, walking, making pictures everywhere and you have to go around lake somewhere further to the forest to find some place to eat your sandwich. Huh! This place is very popular among tourists, you probably won’t be able to stay there completely alone. Anyway, it is still charming and magical!

Mountains call me 

I must go 

Road is chosen

Swept off by nature flow

Yours Ann

P.S. As always all my little designs can be found at: http://www.redbubble.com/people/anrostudio/works/22546002-mountains-in-my-heart

When Ann and Mountains Meet

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It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” (Sir Edmund Hillary)

Everybody has its own mountain to conquer, so does Ann. How high it is? She did not know until she faced this one. The highest she has ever imagined. As if this Mountain has eyes, it would look at her and think “Hey, you are so small there!”. It would be right to compare this Mountain with her Dream, they are both impossible to reach. They are both too distant and powerful, Ann feels so tiny next to them and yet so devoted to. They both have a huge control over her life and her being. They dictate their rules and invade her space. Ann cannot be perfectly content without both of them. She will suffer a lot and still enjoy its sweet meeting with her Teachers of Life…

“Study how water flows in a valley stream, smoothly and freely between the rocks. Also learn from holy books and wise people. Everything – even mountains, rivers, plants and trees – should be your teacher.” (Morihei Ueshiba)

Let us go out and learn something new today!

My best Friday wishes and postcard for you: http://www.redbubble.com/people/anrostudio/works/22545179-mountains-forest?p=greeting-card&card_size=postcard

Yours Ann

P.S. Have you ever met the Mountains?

The Road Waits To Be Explored

My dear little Friends, I am happy to see you browsing through my blog in search of some interesting pictures or stories. It depends on what you are interested more. Hope all of you can find something for themselves. I love hearing your ideas, remarks, experience or wishes, which are always very wisdom and help me a lot. Thank you in advance for being attentive to my funny chatting with you! I appreciate it a lot! Hugely!

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Recently I have seized an opportunity to visit one of the family businesses dealing with cheese production. A lovely experience worth of being shared with you, right? I confess I felt very curious about it and even more than it is allowed. It is a known fact that family businesses during good economic times don’t earn as much money as companies with a more dispersed ownership structure. But when the economy slumps, family firms far outshine their peers. While visiting this small cheese business I came almost to the same conclusion. This family has a good place to work and live. Just look at the surroundings shown in the pictures, isn’t it Heaven? Their house is located in the mountain region. It is calm and no fumes. Imagine how cows roam free in this fresh air and graze in lush pastures of tender grass. There is milk in fresh air and what amazing taste it should have. I tasted that cheese and YUM, it was delicious! I bet you would love it. Choice is big and for every caprice. For a short moment I caught myself of being envy of them. I realized that family business is the best venture where everybody works hard and doesn’t waste time for intrigues. Yeah, exactly, in huge corporate office people do only one thing well, they scheme against each other. They are waiting when you mess it up. Everyone tries to find out whether your salary is not bigger than his/her…and that’s only the tip of an iceberg! Family business concentrates mostly on their profits, thus they understand that team work is important. They are oriented at fulfilling their goals and helping each other. It feels good, isn’t it? I confess I would like the same and who won’t? Working hard in the circle of your family and friends seems ideal to me. And for you? Don’t be shy, tell me…please…please!

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I suppose I became so involved with this topic that forgot to introduce you my new idea or, better to say, project. My previous posts have been already devoted to postcards I designed, however, I had no idea what to do further with them. Accidentally I came across some website who offers photographers and designers to sell their creations through their internet shops, I did hesitate a lot before making a decision. I am still not sure whether it was a good idea, but I gave it a try. I place my first postcard and greeting designs officially here:http://www.redbubble.com/people/anrostudio/works/22058357-lake-mirroring

And now would like to present them to you!

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Stunning designs and discounts of 20% on every order of 8+ cards. 300gsm card with a satin finish. 30% discount available on all cards when you purchase more than 16. Superior quality printing with a fine writing surface. All greeting cards supplied with craft envelopes. Prices are visible by clicking the links!

3D Hungary

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 I kindly (very very) ask you to let me know whether you like them! My initial plan was to sell my postcards at Ebay and deal with shipping on my own, but I faced high shipping prices and thought that prices for postcards won’t be cheaper than those ones at this webshop. Perhaps you know some better, more personal, solution to this problem. I am grateful for any advice! It seems Redbubble starts printing and shipping in time and provides constant notification of your order.

Card Rabbit

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You might ask why I decided to deal with such a competitive field where I have almost no chance, I will reply you that my postcards are yet different from usual ones. Bulk greeting cards business is aimed at earning money, while I almost earn no money since webshop does printing and shipping and takes money for it. My cards give me a possibility to release my creative energy and maybe showing you something what you have not seen yet. These cards are designed firstly in my head and only then typed on a screen. It is a long way to implementation of my dreams and projects intended to brighten every singly moment of life, yours and mine. That is my road to be explored and which is yours???

Love you all,

Yours Ann

Premiere Screening

Sunday Premiere Screening of my new film!

Dear Friends, let me present you my new film which is made with love to my wonderful country! If you are interested in getting know better my country, this is a very good chance for you. I did it especially for you and with huge pleasure! Be so kind and let me know whether you like it! Thank you in advance and wish you wonderful Sunday and magical working week. 

Yours Ann,

P.S. This film is protected by copyright and watermarked; all rights to the use thereof are reserved to the Studio, it can not be used or reproduced without Studio’s permission.

Carpathian Ukraine: life is difficult, breathe is easy (Slavske Village)

Slavske Up the Hill

Slavske (Ukrainian Village)

And so my journey starts in the Carpathian Mountains. Mountains are everywhere where I look. I cannot hide from them; they keep an eye on me and my deeds. Today I am lucky to be in Svavske. This village is located deeply in Ukrainian Carpathians on a distance of 28 km from Skole in a picturesque valley of the river Opir and the river Slavka on the mountain chain Beskid. It is surrounded by 1000-meters height mountain ranges, Troyan (1235 m above sea level), Il’za (1066 m above sea level), Dovbushanka (1236 m above sea level) and Menchela (1014 m above sea level). Mountain ranges Beskid and Slavsky created unique local climate favorable for relaxation in any time of the year. Around 6100 inhabitants live here.

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Slavske, first of all, is a ski resort that attracts many skiers in winter. It can be called a paradise for skiers and snowboarders,  there you can find almost everything you need, hotels, restaurants, fast food, shops and even bowling. However, in reality it is a bit far from European resorts. And this is thanks to our Ukrainian Authorities (no matter current or previous), they are not interested in Western Ukraine; they think that here there is nothing except mountains and lakes; there are no roads to be built or repaired or any infrastructure. Our State Governors have never traveled these awful “roads” that hardly be called like that. You can use there only a tractor or rover, but a usual car, even don’t think, no way! Then a question arises who will ever dare to drive there? Only somebody who would like to feel extreme, by the way, you can use a quadricycle…

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Driving these awful “roads” made my blood boil…these roads can be fixed so easily, no big money required, and then this resort will be full of tourists, especially Ukrainians, as we do not have many places to go nowadays, even from Black Sea we have only a small piece now. Somebody has stolen it or, better to say, annexed (we all know WHO). Tell me please where Ukrainians should go for holidays – definitely not to Crimea where Russians would like to leave you even without trousers. And what about foreign tourists, prices are very catching, only service should be improved, I agree. I have been abroad and know the prices are higher here as well as service quality.

Slavske Village

Indeed, we need to do serious changes, however, when you can taste our wine or vodka and borsch (beetroot soup) with garlic, you won’t regret that you came here. Ukrainian traditional cuisine is a cultural heritage which reflects historical development of Ukrainian nation, traditions, customs and culture. It is very unlikely that the Ukrainian national cuisine will leave you indifferent. After a good meal you can find yourself soaking into the traditional wooden bath tub with herbals and tea (have you ever heard about it?). You can relax there and enjoy tea. Everything is for people and with all the heart.

BBQ in Slavske

 And we should not forget that the most delicious BBQ can be prepared only in Ukraine and only by a male chef-cook! I see your puzzled faces…in our country it is believed that women have no right to deal with such delicate food as BBQ…I cannot explain exactly why, but I guess that women like doing everything quickly since they always have lots to do, BBQ is a very capricious food which should be cooked slowly, gently and passionately…men are able to do it since they usually do not stay the whole day at kitchen! Don’t you agree?

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People are so friendly and so hard-working here. Life is difficult for them, there are no jobs, everybody is abroad working as baby-sitters, cleaners, nannies, housemaids and etc. They did not deserve for such life. You should see their eyes, very bright, and their hearts are so kind. During my journey I accidentally met several typical representatives of Western Ukrainians; somehow they told me their stories. I have no right to share their stories with you, it’s private, the only I can say that I do still envy them, they are so brave, so free like wild horses galloping through time…

Bridge in Slavske

They still can joke and never complain. I like calling them Carpathian Ukrainians…they are special people…something tells me that changes in our country are possible only if they do something…they never give up, they won’t let to be conquered – better to die!

Church in Slavske

They are the symbol of unsubdued Ukraine that fights till the last breathe…symbol of an old man who brings his horses up to the mountains and for the question ” how is your life” answers: “difficult, but breathing is easy”…

Gates in Slavske

To be continued…