It has taken me almost 8 years to collect pictures of the most beautiful and rarest animals and landscapes in my home country. We start our journey from the crown of Poland – the Tatra mountains. Then, after exploring the highlands, river valleys and lowlands, we arrive at the Baltic Sea.

The stealthiest of Polish predators, the lynx, has to share the Tatra mountains with bigger predators such as the wolf and the brown bear

This rocky landscape is uninhabited only at a glance

In fact, the Tatra National Park is the perfect place for the smallest Polish predator- the weasel

Let’s leave the highest peaks for the moment because each March we can observe an amazing spectacle of nature in the Chochołowska Valley

Thousands of crocuses bloom for a few days, waiting to get pollinated by bees during the short mountain spring

On one side of the Tatras, another wonderful mountain range stretches: the Bieszczady are a part of the Eastern Carpathians. It is a vast land covered by endless grass

To the north, the mountains fluently descent into rolling hills

Hundreds of kilometers further, the landscape changes. Picturesque highlands slowly change into vast lowlands covered by forest

Between them, there is one unique feature- the ancient Białowieża Forest. It is the last uspoiled area of woodland in central Europe, untouched by human hands. The local people became used to the neighbourhood of wild European bison a long time ago

Not that far away, the land of great lakes and river valleys begins

From among the hundreds of species of birds, let’s take a closer look at the whooper swan. It is an Arctic species and Poland is the most southerly area of nesting for this swan

Just next to them, we can observe exotic bee-eaters from Africa

It is also a great habitat for many species of amphibians

The shrike, looking for its prey

At the end of August, hundreds of white storks gather to feed for the last time before their long journey to Africa

The last bird I would like to tell you about is the Mandarin duck. Every single one of the ducks that live in the wild in Poland is a descendant of those that were kept in Polish zoos. With human help, they are able to survive the severe Polish winters

And finally, we come to the Baltic Sea

Some parts of the coast are covered by majestic dunes

Goodnight! :)