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A short serie from last weekend's trip in my favourite surroundings of Pieniny mountains.
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Pieniny in colours, scene no. 1

Czorsztyn castle' ruins as seen from Falsztyn village in the morning, a couple of minutes after the thick fog revealed the scenery.
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Pieniny - a region of southern Poland as small as it is delightfully picturesque. Lying on the Slovak border east of the Podhale region and north of the Tatras, the Pieniny mountains extend on the area of only 50 km2. These old and relatively low limestone mountains have weathered in many wonderful ways - round shapes from the north and the dramatic, high cliffs on the southern side.
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Czorsztyn castle once was a Polish border fortress, standing out high above Dunajec river. Tradition says, that the Polish king Bolesław the Chaste (Boleslaw Wstydliwy, 1226-1279) and his wife Saint Kinga, daughter of King Béla IV of Hungary, took refuge here during the Mongol onslaught of 1241. The castle received a number of other distinguished guests, including King Louis the Great of Hungary, who stopped here on his way to Cracow in 1370, and Saint Jadwiga, Louis' daughter and future queen of Poland, who stayed here in 1384. In 1790 the castle was struck by lightning and burnt to the ashes. Since then it has been in ruins. Nowadays it is open for tourists and offers a stunning view towards the more famous and very well preserved Niedzica' castle.
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Shooting Date/Time: 2006-10-07 10:31:37
Shooting Mode: Aperture-Priority AE
Tv( Shutter Speed ): 1/100
Av( Aperture Value ): 6.3
Metering Mode: Evaluative Metering
Exposure Compensation: -1/3
ISO Speed: 100
Lens: 18.0 - 55.0 mm
Focal Length: 41.0 mm

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