Remembering the summer time – a trip to the Turquoise Lake

Today I will tell you about a trip to the Turquoise Lake and the Zielonka Hill in the Woliński National Park, near Międzyzdroje, by the Polish Baltic Sea.

To get to the beautiful Turquoise Lake you take a blue track starting in Międzyzdroje. This is the hardest route among all in the Woliński National Park, but I liked it best, because of its landscape diversity. The whole track, from Międzyzdroje to the Lake and back, is about 20 kms long (like the other, which I described  HERE).

Some parts of this route lead through the exquisite beech woods, which I found extraoridinary diversified, in terms of their surface shape. All the time you come across little hillocks, ravines and gorges, forest clearings – therefore it is not possible to get bored about the track 🙂

ImageImageImageImage

ImageImageImageImage

The Zielonka Hill. From here you can admire a gorgeous view on the Świna River Reverse Delta, the pictures of which I’m showing a little bit lower 😀

Image

The Turquoise Lake is the remnant of the opencast chalk mine, which existed in the Wapnica Village in the 50s of the XX century. With its sapphire water it is one of the most beautiful lakes of the Woliński National Park. This colour of the lake is the effect of sun rays reflecting in the waters rich in calcium compounds.

It is located amongst the wooded Lubińsko-Wapnickie hills. It is 6,74 ha big and 21,2 m deep.ImageImageImageImage

The blue track leads further to The Zielonka Hill, from which you can admire the panorama of the Szczeciński Bay and the flood plains of the Świna River Reverse Delta. The view has been chosen by the NFI (Naturfreunde International) as the “View of the year 1993/94”! 🙂

ImageImage

The Świna River Reverse Delta flood plains consist of more or less 40 islands and channels, where the water flow direction continuously changes. This water and mud complex came into being about 6 000 years ago and its origin is connected with the Baltc Sea storm rises. Due to the storms and strong winds the Świna River’s waters moved back and the reverse river delta was formed. During this phenomenon the sea waters are poured into the Szczeciński Bay, and thus the islands are being flooded. These conditions determine flora in the area – the plants growing here are adapted to salty soils and you can find some rare and endangered species, like sea aster, pinnated plantain, great fen-sedge and sea milkwort. The flood plains are also birds’ paradise, the habitat of the international importance.

Image

Advertisements

Remembering the summer time – a trip to the Lapwing Lake

I came across a few pictures, which I took last summer, in September, during a week spent by Polish Baltic sea. In spite of uncertain weather, we went on two long trips to the lakes – The Czajcze Lake (The Lapwing Lake) and The Turkusowe Lake (The Turquoise Lake). I am showing you some photos of the Lapwing Lake in this post. The pictures from the second excursion I will present in the following note.

The green route to the Lapwing Lake starts in Międzyzdroje and leads through the thick woods, the gorgeous beech forests among the others.

Image

While passing through the village of Warnowo you can admire a beautiful, old orchard, very picturesque especially on a September, rainy day.

ImageImage

Among the old, fruit species, there grows a huge Thuja plicata tree in the orchard. It is 120 years old and 25 m high.

ImageImage

From the Warnowo village it is quite close to the Lapwing Lake. Its shores are thickly covered with trees, shrubs and fallen logs, therefore, it’s difficult to reach the water. But, on the other hand, such landscape makes the trip more attractive, particulary because, due to various obstacles, you can easily loose track! 😀

ImageImage

The beaver’s work!

Image

The Lapwing Lake is situated amongst the forests of the Woliński National Park. The shoreline has a shape of a crossaint. The Lapwing Lake is the largest of all the Park’s lakes, it is 77,64 ha big and 3 m deep on average.

ImageImageImageImage

In the middle of the lake there lies a small cape, where the green track leads. In the XIX century this cape was an island. After the second world war the ruins of the medieval stronghold were there discovered. Nearby a huge boulder sticks out of the lake. It was transported by a glacier from the areas of today’s Scandinavia 12 000 years ago. People say, that on sunny days otters bask in the sun on its surface – that’s why it is called the Otter Boulder (Wydrzy Głaz).

Image

At the end of the trip I found a tiny lizard and managed to take a picture of it 🙂

Image