FOREST - Dinaric Alps
Prokletije - Bjeshkët e Nemuna. Remarkable peak in the centre part of the photo is the highest peak of the Damned mountains - Maja Jezerce 2694 m above sea level
Giant elm trees in the heart of the old-growth forest NP Biogradska Gora, July 2009
I left the shadows of the virgin forest. Sharp sun made me blind for a while. I went further along the blooming mountain meadows so I can climb on Crna Glava, 2137 m above sea level - the highest peak of the Bjelasica and see those mountains. I could not take my eyes off that breathtaking panorama. The mountains full of snow white and rock towers had enchanted me. They are wild mountains, so beautiful and unrecognized. These mountains are damned!
Yes, this is also way how to feel the beauty of wild mountains called Dinaric Alps which are situated on the territory of former Yugoslavia and Albania. A place that is almost untouched by human activity. Within the program FOREST - Dinaric Alps we pay attention to the local ecosystems of this not very explored area.
Iris pallida Dalmatica
Lobaria pulmonaria is a large epiphytic lichen. It is bound to trees in a well-preserved natural forests, unaffected by air pollution. It is most often found on beeches (e.g. in the Biogradska Gora in Montenegro, where it is very common). It became extinct in the Czech Republic, except the Bohemian Forest and the Upper Palantine Forest. The following photographs show lobaria pulmonaria on the bark of old beeches in natural beech forests, hidden in karst sinkholes on the plateau of the Biokovo mountain range in Croatia.
In some caves, from Slovenia to Albania we can find a very strange animal. It is called the human fish, proteus or olm. The Proteus - Proteus anguinus is an amphibian similar to salamander.
Proteus in its natural environment, Jama (Cave) Baredine, Croatia; (c) Pavel Reich 2012