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As a farewell to Macedonia, today many pictures - two quite different collages and one more Workshop photo - from Matka Canyon.
In the main picture the Vrelo Cave. The illumination in the upper photo is rather kitschy but I think that colours in the middle one are natural and the forms are interesting - I haven't seen similar stalactites.

Matka Canyon is well worth visiting - you can go along the gorge, visit cave, have a ride by boat and also ss the stands with souvenirs and old books.

Matka canyon is one of the most popular outdoor destinations in Macedonia and is home to several medieval monasteries. The Matka Lake within the Matka Canyon is the oldest artificial lake in the country.

Located on the right bank of the Treska River, Vrelo Cave was listed as one of the top 77 natural sites in the world in the New7Wonders of Nature project.

Vrelo Cave has many stalactites including a large one in the middle of the cave known as the "Pine Cone" due to its shape. There are two lakes at the end of the cave. The smaller lake is 8 meters at its longest length and 15 metres in depth at its deepest point. The larger lake is 35 metres long and 18 metres at its deepest point.

Though the exact depth of the cave is unknown, some speculate that it could be the deepest underwater cave in the world.

The canyon is also home to 77 indigenous species of butterfly. The canyon is also home to the most venomous snake in south Europe the Viper. The canyon's caves are home to large populations of bats.

Bigger beta picture

Maybe Gert will be interested in what books are sold there.

Cruise in the Canyon.




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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10456 W: 146 N: 26205] (126409)
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