A tree filled with black cormorants

About the black cormorants;

All are fish-eaters, dining on small eels, fish, and even water snakes. They dive from the surface, though many species make a characteristic half-jump as they dive, presumably to give themselves a more streamlined entry into the water. Under water they propel themselves with their feet, though some also propel themselves with their wings. Some cormorant species have been found, using depth gauges, to dive to depths of as much as 45 metres.

England // The London Eye

The London Eye is a giant Ferris wheel on the South Bank of the River Thames in London. The structure is 443 feet (135 m) tall and the wheel has a diameter of 394 feet (120 m). When it opened to the public in 2000 it was the world’s tallest Ferris wheel.

Poland // Babie Doły – Gdynia’s beachy suburbs

In the sea you see Hexengrund, a torpedo research facility between 1942-1945 owned by the Germans. Poland was occupied by the Germans in those years. After the war, the Soviets used the area for military exercises. Today it is abandoned.

The legend says that those big white letters ‘TKACZ’ are a memorial for a man who was said to be diving at the spot and drowned there. But others say it is the name of the graffiti artist that does a lot of artworks there.

At winter I found it a bit of a creepy spot, I even found a bone on the beach and the bullet holes and target boards were still sitting in those empty buildings at the beach itself.

At summer we went swimming (read: ‘sunbathing’ because the water was freezing). I’d have to admit that it was a much more relaxing place once the sun was out.

 

 

This is how the place looked many years ago. (I do not own this picture if you do let me know)

Scotland // Edinburgh castle

Edinburgh Castle is a historic fortress which dominates the skyline of the city of EdinburghScotland, from its position on the Castle Rock. Archaeologists have established human occupation of the rock since at least the Iron Age (2nd century AD), although the nature of the early settlement is unclear. There has been a royal castle on the rock since at least the reign of David I in the 12th century, and the site continued to be a royal residence until 1633. From the 15th century the castle’s residential role declined, and by the 17th century it was principally used as military barracks with a large garrison. Its importance as a part of Scotland’s national heritage was recognised increasingly from the early 19th century onwards, and various restoration programmes have been carried out over the past century and a half. As one of the most important strongholds in the Kingdom of Scotland, Edinburgh Castle was involved in many historical conflicts from the Wars of Scottish Independence in the 14th century to the Jacobite rising of 1745. Research undertaken in 2014 identified 26 sieges in its 1100-year-old history, giving it a claim to having been “the most besieged place in Great Britain and one of the most attacked in the world”.