On the way from Pyšely to Brtnice.
Ashokan Reservoir, Catskills
For the last two years, I made a visit to New England at the time of peak foliage, which made these trips a sort of tradition. It's beautiful, fairly affordable, and I need a few day long break from the city at least once every season. Petr and Marjánka, our friends from college, have moved to Maine this spring for Petr's research in genetics. Hence we could combine two great things into one, and visit them and Acadia National Park at the same time.
Government shutdown and the resulting closing of national parks made us a little worried for a while but for no reason, really. People didn't seem to notice. On the first picture, there's Petr's 6-year old daughter Svatava and Stanko. She was interested in him so much that her younger brother (coincidentally, also Standa) has become jealous. On the second one, there's Acadian foliage cliche and Svatava's younger brother on the bike. The third one - more of the incredible colors.
Hunting for newts. Lapland Lake, southern Adirondacks, NY.
August - it is hard to choose since it was rich on travels - and photos. We've been visiting my family in Slovakia, then spent a few days in the nearby mountains, then traveled back to NYC, and not even three weeks later, spent a weekend in Adirondacks. The first two pictures are from Slovakia, the latter one from Adirondacks. It was very hard to choose, and there were a few more photo events but - that's the point of having a flickr account.
The first month in more than 2 years we spent without Stanko who enjoyed his summer with the grandparents. So we packed our backpacking equipment (and the guitar) and went off to Catskills. The picture is nothing special but I like that it looks so unstaged and all protagonists are at their natural selves. The other is from our Sunday afternoon exploration of Ditmas Park, Brooklyn.
So, my brother is now married. He wanted me to document his wedding but we barely made it there in time. The wedding was held in Trutnov, about two hours of driving from Prague. As usual, we left the house of Michal's parents too late, Stanko got car-sick in the switchbacks and vomited all over the rented car, and we arrived about 5 minutes after the ceremony was supposed to start. Fortunately, they postponed it a bit. On the way from Prague to NYC, we stopped over for a weekend in Helsinki. The third picture is from Suomenlinna, the island-located fortress which is one of the best known Helsinki attractions.
Each year on the Memorial weekend, we try to spend a few days in nature. The last year it was Adirondacks, this year we decided to explore West Virginia (and Maryland). Our trip was fantastic, completed with a day spent on Delfest music festival in Cumberland, MD. However, on the way back our car's transmission broke, again in Maryland, hence our weekend was one day longer than intended. The pictures are from Canaan Valley Wildlife Refuge (the first one), and Blackwater Falls State Park (the other two).
The spring really started in April and so we could start the hiking season - the first real hiking season for Stanko. Our second trip led us to Massachusetts' Berkshire hills, lake Taghkanic, and Bash Bish Falls. These are from our walk around lake Taghkanic.