Loket Castle

Loket is a small town in Western Bohemia region. The town is surrounded by river Ohře from three sides, the shape of the river reminds the shape of an elbow, thus the name of the town (in czech the word “loket” means an elbow). In the town centre there is Loket Castle which was built in the 12th century. 26m high tower in back of the castle of a square conceals the Loket Dragon. It looks like a winged lizard and it was supposed to be “good” dragon as it helped to start fire in stoves so the food for all the villagers can be prepared.

These photo were taken from a bridge across the river Ohře.
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Signpost at the town square.
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Colourful houses in the shadow cast by the castle tower.
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The entrance to the castle quadrangle.
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Prague Zoo Again

Photos from my another visit to Prague Zoo. I arrived at the zoo at half past nine in hope that there will be almost nobody in the zoo and I would enjoy the calmness there and hear only the sounds made by all the animals. Mistake! At this time, which is time when zoo opens, there was already several hundreds people and the screaming children where almost everywhere.

The lioness called Aisha was unusually active this day. I usually see her sleeping in the back of the outside exhibit but today she was walking around it. Indian lion (Panthera Leo Persica).
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Young hippo called Váleček (in czech it means “small cylinder”) was at first hesitating whether to enter the water or not. After a while he decided to go there. Fortunately, he was swimming towards me with only his head above water. The hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius).
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The ural owl (Strix uralensis)
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The reindeer (Rangifer tarandus)
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Wildlife in the centre of Prague

It seems like I don’t need to get out of my apartment to take photos of wildlife because it comes to me. On the other hand, there are still some disadvantages of it. First of all, I had the best view available from my window, which is about in 9 metres from ground. Another not really good thing is that most of the animals comes out in the evening so there is not much light.

I knew that some hares are living in the area becuase I occasionaly saw them at the night or in the early morning. This time the hare come close enough and the light was still sufficient so I was able to take photo of it.

The European hare (Lepus europaeus), also known as the brown hare.
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Summer Flowers

Walk in a forest is a good way how to escape really hot weather with temperatures above 39°C. It wouldn’t be me if I didn’t take some photos there. The forests near village Bedřichov in Jizerske Mountains in the Czech Republic are full of beautiful flowers.

These foxgloves (Digitalis) grew near path and were quite easily accessible. Also it was the first time I saw white foxglove, every other foxglvoe that I have seen before have been pink and white. I find this colour variation very nice.
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These small yellow flowers contrasted with green leaves on the ground and that made them very noticable.
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