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Nobody ever figures out what traveling and exploring are all about. We clearly understand that it means something different to all those who do travel and explore, and it doesn't matter. Go for a walk and observe the amazing world around us. Nearly everything is really interesting and beautifull if you go and look into it deeply enough.

I hope that you will also like to follow at least some insights into unknown very distant and large and at other times, conversely, very close and small worlds with great excitement, and will have a good time with it.

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I don't think it's an overstatement to say that a microscope and a telescope make hidden gems visible in a multitude of ways and thus change the whole face of our tourist activity forever!

I often try to make a travel microscope and compact binoculars or telescope our partners on a trip and I do it often enough for being able to realize that without them we would be left with the limited knowledge our naked eye gives us.

The idea to write a web page came to me suddenly when our friends wanted to know why there are an old laboratory microscope and a Newtonian telescope with a tripod in our living room. I mentioned to my wife and daughter about my idea to write and they simply said: “Why not?”

Quite naturally, many of us like to take a walk through our intriguing highland landscapes, revealing a lot of stories to be uncovered. We are often influenced by the most attractive landscapes, when selecting a travel destination to be visited. What metrics do we base our assertion on?

All types of landscapes around the world are photographed. There are large galleries featuring photographs that I believe are perfect in composition and technique, thus provoking our imagination and simultaneously suppressing it.

But some very interesting, weird and beautiful things are stealthy. Being interesting is the best advertising of all and very often means being beautiful. If we agree with it, we are faced with such an easy question to answer: While traveling, why aren't we looking for them?

Afterwords, I realize that another factor, perhaps even the most important one, should be taken into account when it comes to exploring something unexpected. The phenomenon is called Serendipity. What does this word mean? While Serendipity has been voted one of the English words hardest to translate, its meaning is very easy to understand: It is the natural ability to find interesting or valuable things which one is not looking for.

Serendipity: By accidents and sagacity, serendipity allows us to perceive and experience the beauties and wonders of the landscape – from its lowlands to the sky – which they were not in quest of.

Once upon a time in the winter of 2007, in the Czech Moravian Highlands, near Vlachovice on the hilltop of Tři Smrky, I watched unforgettable, breathtaking spectacle of the sunlight refraction, scientifically named parhelia or sun dogs a little more clearly. At the same time a small distant group of skiers was heading away from the ridge. Without serendipity, they did not notice anything remarkable about the sky. After a moment's hesitation I bawled aloud: “Ahoy!” They stopped and saw the bright rainbow spots on either side of the sun, forming an amazing light pattern that they had never seen before!


After ten years, I have photographed a bigger spectacle though... (19th December 2017, 9:29)

A total of five simulations were produced by HaloSim.

Thus, after many times looking with a naked eye or through a microscope and a telescope and using a bit of Serendipity I came to the following conclusion: If I were sentenced to travel ban preventing me from leaving Žďárské Hills, a relatively small hilly island in the Czech Moravian Highland, it wouldn't restrict me too much. Have you ever wondered how many ways there are to travel and explore?

Serendipity also has played its role in capturing the famous green flash in Czech Moravian Highland, near Vlachovice. The sun is rising above Bukova hora, just above the inversion cap. Lens 105mm f/2.8.  


Go to the gallery to see the development of the green flash (photos captured with a 400mm f/5.6 lens):


And to see its initial stages:


And its maximum:


At 709 square kilometres the Žďárské Hills Protected Landscape Area was established in 1970. Žďárské Hills is a wonderful piece of country to take your holiday or short break and rest at any time of the year. There is a lot of good bases for hiking, cycling and exploring the area. However, the guide books describe routes throughout nearly all accessible and interesting parts of the Žďárské Hills, but at the same time there is something missing – something being beyond our imagination or rather exceeding our expectation. Local clear skies and clear waters allow us to get to know the landscape much farther and much closer, respectively…

Published on  August 16th, 2019

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