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Out of the box travels – Spectacular Biannual Airshows in Radom, Poland

One of the best travel ideas that are out of the box and  don’t require professional equipment and meticulous preparation is to travel for less conventional but unbelievable breathtaking airshows.  All you have to do is grabbing your camera/ smartphone,  immersing in the excitement of the crowd, and admiring the roar of jet engines and the colorful smoke trails left in the sky. If you’re in search of such a unique experience, mark your 2017 calendar for the far-famed “Airshow Radom” that’s recognized as the best European airshow. Well organized and highlighted by its storytelling airshow commentating and interactive displays, the Airshow Radom appeals to a much bigger audience that is beyond military fans.

General Airshow Tips + What to Bring

  • Typically, the biggest airshows in the world are packed with delicious local food stands. Airshow Radom is not an exception. We highly recommend you to try some Polish delicacies there when you visit the Airshow Radom 2017. In case you are on a diet or don’t like to eat out, just pack a lunch and fruits in your bag. Airshow Radom organizers, due to its security measures, do not allow you to take your own beverages, so, take an empty water bottle to fill with water served inside. You can also buy yourself a beer or soda drinks at the food stands.
  • Airshow Radom is always  2 full-day event (at least 10 hours of performances every day), so make sure that you bring a chair or a simple blanket to make your day a lot more comfortable.
  • Airshow Radom is always being held in August and Poland can get pretty hot during the time frame(around 30 C). Bring an umbrella to cover yourself up from the sun and don’t forget to bring sunscreen and apply it every 3 hours to avoid the unpleasant sunburn.
  • Take a camera with a more professional zoom to capture the incredible soaring stunts in action.
  • If you want to take a picture of a plane taking off or landing, take a small plastic ladder or podium to get a better view above the crowd.

5 reasons why going to airshows is a great idea

  1. You will meet plenty of people who are passionate about the aviation and willing to give you many interesting insights of an aircraft . You may be  inspired to try “crazy” things you never thought before! Yes, paragliding, sky diverting, aircraft photography, …etc, only the sky is the limit.

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2.  You will get to know the history of host country: there always are countless displays that exhibit the most interesting historical facts with pictures. You can also find unique, old-fashioned planes, and items that are borrowed from the top-notch national museums (such as the image below).


  1. This will be an adventurous trip that requires no preparation.
  2. It will broaden your horizons.
  3. You will immerse in the excitement of watching the insanely difficult stunts and picturesque performance by world-class pilots.

Airshow Radom, the biggest event in Europe

The first Air Show Radom was launched in 2000 and it has been an extremely successful event  ever since. It is an international airshow held biannually in the end of August in Radom, a city about 100 km to the South of Warsaw. This year’s edition, which took place over the weekend of 22-23 August, had the best aviators from 20 countries demonstrating the incredible capabilities of air crafts and acrobatic performances. Apart from the soaring aerobatics, there was an aircraft exhibit  called “static air shows”. You can touch it, visit inside, chat with pilots and servicemen, get flying tips from certificated flight instructors, mingle with the crowd, meet new people over a beer with delicious Polish grilled sausages.

Airshow Radom 2015

Roughly 260 planes and helicopters from 20 countries took part in the weekend’s Radom Air Show performances, including military machines from the Polish Air Forces. Two days of elaborate soaring stunts and aircraft displays brought around 200,000 visitors to the show,  and, the airfield was completely packed with aircrafts. Poland was represented by „Biało-Czerwone Iskry” displaying TS-11 Iskra plane and „Orlik” team displaying PZL-130 Orlik.

For the first time,  the Air Show included military equipment and weapon displays on the ground, which are all from the Polish Armed Forces. You could try out your luck in the aircraft simulators or hold the real weapons.


Fot. Janusz Burda


Fot. Janusz Burda


Fot. Janusz Burda


Fot. Janusz Burda

“Frecce Tricolori”

One of the stars of the 2015 airshow were  Frecce Tricolori (“Tricolour Arrows”), officially known as the 313° Gruppo Addestramento Acrobatico from Italy. This aerobatic demonstration team of the Italian Aeronautic Military, based at Rivolto Air Force Base in the Friuli Venezia Giulia, not only colored the sky with a flypast green-white-red smoke, but also had the most fantastic running commentary. With a lovely Italian accent, the commentator prepared the audience to get ready their cameras right in time for the stunning aerobatics. Many visitors drove over 2,000 km by car to see the 40 minute performance of The Frecce Tricolori in Radom.

An Interesting fact: to honor Luciano Pavarotti, the Frecce Tricolori performed a tricolor smoke trail that represents the Italian flag’s colors on his funeral in Modena, on 8 September 2007. Ever since, this Italian team often plays Pavarotti during its performances – including the AirShow Radom 2015.

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tricolori team on


Another great performer was the Polish “Żelazny”  team flying on Zlin Z-526AFS and Zlin Z-50L, adding this year some pretty cool stunts on gliders. It’s a very successful Polish group winning in many European competitions and also well known for its charming female team members…




Although the industry opinions of the TOP 5 performing planes are divided, MiG29, a Russian primary front line fighter, definitely won aviation enthusiasts’ votes for  its distinctive look and incredibly loud roaring sound. MiG-29 is a twin-engine jet fighter aircraft designed in the Soviet Union, developed by the Mikoyan design bureau. It was said that it has filled the technological gap between the Soviet and the NATO fast jets and its sensors and weapon systems can bring down the Tomahawk cruise missiles!


MiG 21 – Lancer

The Romanian Air Force Commander displayed a MiG-21 Lancer soloist in “the flying pencil”. Although a routine display program since 2013, “the flying pencil”surely entertained the audience who still remember the times when Polish pilots were flying MiG-21,  and,  the younger generation who got to see it in the sky.


Euro-fighter Typhoon

The Euro-fighter Typhoon displayed by the Capt Federico Petracca and presented by the ‘Boff’ Raffaele Beltrame from Italy made the day. The Euro-fighter Typhoon is the world’s most advanced swing-role combat aircraft with deplorable Air-to-Air and Air-to-Surface capabilities. The aircraft has proven and continues to demonstrate its high reliability  under all climates.

eurofighter typhoon

Mi-24 Hind

The Mi-24 (named Hind by NATO) is a large helicopter gunship and also an attack helicopter that serves as a low-capacity troop transport for passengers. It has been operated since 1972, by the Soviet Air Force and its successors,  and over 30  other nations.



The name says it all. The god of gods displayed by a Greek team of course…


Look forward

Travel to airshows can be a great and fun adventure. There are plenty of airshows  in Europe and the North America.  Below is a list of the  most eminent airshows all over the world.  Are you ready for the fun?

Airshows in Europe

Airshows in US

Airshows in Asia

Airshows all over the world

Airshow Radom

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Traveling to Greece During the Economic Crisis – A Good or Bad Idea for A Couple?

The Romantic Getaway on Everyone’s Lips in 2015

Without a doubt this summer belongs to Greece. The country has not only been a hot topic for the last couple of months due to its economic crisis, but, it was also on the lips of everyone planning  an affordable summer vacation with his or her significant other. This beautiful and archeologically dense country whose income is based largely on tourism is obviously an important topic for the LeafCanoe team, as we always strive to give you the most reliable and updated traveling tips and information.

In July, we’ve already written about “Pros and Cons” of traveling to Greece during its economic crisis (READ MORE), and right after our article, we have received many questions from the community regarding safety measures and other practical tips on traveling to Greece this year. You’ve asked, so we decided to investigate further and find out the details, as well as special recommendation on where to travel during the economical crisis in Greece.

We interviewed Alex, a LeafCanoer who traveled for 2 weeks across Greek’s islands with her boyfriend and another lovely couple. They came back with the hottest news and still-fresh memories of Greece! We are happy to share the details of their stunning journey and hopefully help you in planning your own dream trip to Greece in an efficient way!

Alex’s Point of View: 9 Things  She Learned About Traveling In Greece  In 2015

Alex, you traveled to Greece from Switzerland with your boyfriend and another couple by car….

1. Is Greece indeed a great destination for a couple?
It has the most romantic sunsets in the world, friendly people and angelic landscapes: just white and blue all around you. Plus, there are a lot of activities for couples who plan to stay for 2 weeks, including quad rides, kitesurfing or donkey rides, so you won’t get quickly bored.

2. Sounds fun. Just wondering, why did you choose Greece, again? You’ve been there for three times, already…
First of all, I’ve never been to islands before as I was hanging out mostly in the mainland exploring (for example) Athens. There’s plenty of things to see in Greece and one week will never be enough, unless you want to run instead of enjoying a truly romantic time with your significant other. Secondly, Greece is pretty cheap and only gets cheaper, and we planned a 2 week holiday on a budget in Europe this year.

3. You weren’t concerned about the big Greek economical crisis?
I was thinking about it for a while, but then we found a really good accommodation deal and  read through many positive reviews of others traveling to Greece. We decided to take the risk and it was worth it. At the end of the day there was practically no sign of an economical crisis everyone was talking about.  Well, we haven’t been to mainland Greece this time, so it’s hard to say what’s happening there, but on the islands it was just like an old, beautiful Greece – full of chilled people, delicious food and wonderful landscapes with lively-as-always villages.   


4. How did you get to Greece from Switzerland?
By car through Italy, Croatia, Serbia, Albania…and it was a big mistake. Half of the time it took us getting somewhere, so out of 14 days of holiday, only 4 days I spent on my favorite activity which is beachin’. From the other side it was great to see majestic mountains and Vietnam rice paddies-like fields in Croatia, but if I had to choose I would simply fly over to Greece next time. Just to save more time for chilling in Greece.


5. What place on the way to Greece did you love the most?
Probably Dubrovnik in Croatia, where they shot Game of Thrones…



6. How long did the journey take?
Well, if you go straight to Greece it would probably take around 30 hours, since there’s around 2,500 km to do, but we stayed in Croatia and made other stops on the way to Greece. Also, roads of Albania are not the best, so forget about driving 100km/hour…you’d better have good driving skills if you choose mountainous roads on your way to Greece from Switzerland.

7. You mentioned that Oia, Santorini and Naxos were the best parts of your trip in Greece. How about other spots you visited there?
I did not like Fira that much, because it was crowded and a bit dirty. In my opinion you could easily miss out this part of the trip if you’re running out of time. About museums – I am a big fan of culture and art, but the museums on islands all seemed just the same to me. In every corner you saw the same folk culture. It’s enough if you visit the one museum and the rest of your time you spend outdoors.

8. The best memory?
Quads in Oia! You should try it too! It’s lots of fun.

9. What are you planning to see next time in Greece?
Kreta, Korfu and Zakynthos. I like history so this time I am going to choose places of even bigger archaeological value.

Thanks Alex!

Alex’s Point of View: Two Must-See Romantic Islands of Greece

Naxos is the most fertile and the largest of the Cycladic islands – no wonder why it’s called the city of god. It had to be blessed by the god himself since its natural beauty, including the romantic sunsets and endless ocean horizons, are simply divine. All of this of course works like a magnet for the paradise-seeking travelers, especially for newly married couples.
However, apart from its highly attractive visuals, Nexos also boasts an interesting history. Did you know that the city was the birthplace of Zeus, king of the gods? Or that Theseus has infamously abandoned Ariadne after she had helped him escape the Cretan labyrinth? Fortunately, it did not take long before Dionysos (the happy god of wine and ecstasy!), took good care of her. From then on, the wines of Naxos have been efficiently soothing the pain of travelers’ broken hearts, but even if your heart is in good shape I would still suggest you try the wines!
In addition to the great wines, you will also find remnants of impressive archeological monuments and museums as Naxos is a unique blend of ancient ruins and beach culture. Now, lets’ see what other attractions Naxos has in store for couples searching for fun and romance. Read about 5 things you and your significant other should do while in Naxos:

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1. Hiking
Portara will be first thing you’ll see from the ferry upon arrival in Naxos. Portara is a marble gateway to an ancient temple that no longer exists and the symbol of the island. It’s also the spot of the famous sunset view of the island, so be prepared to wait a bit in a queue to take a shot there. To hike over there, choose a causeway to Palatia, as the marble gate standing on top of a small islet is connected to the Town of Naxos through a small passageway. This gate is the only one remaining from a 6th century BC temple of Apollo.
If you like hiking, don’t miss Mt Zeus (1004m; also known as Mt Zas) – the Cyclades’ highest peak lying in the vicinity of the enchanting villages of Halki and Apiranthos with traditional footpaths to follow between villages and picturesque churches. Just be careful because the village of Halki is known for producing one of the best citron liquors, like for example the liquor of Marc F.Vallindras a trusted family secret keeps producing the aperitif from the fifth generation. Go and visit Vallindras Traditional Distillery of Kitron, which offers a tour of the kitron liqueur distillation process. At the end of the tour, you can sample this traditional drink of Naxos.


2. Enjoy the stunning beaches…but which one?
The ones in the western side of Naxos of course!
Beaches from Agios Georgios and Agios Prokopios down to Mikri Vigla and Alyko have crystal water and soft sand. Even though they are acclaimed, you can still find totally remote spots, another reason to recommend the accommodations on this beachside. However, if you like more “raw” beaches, Naxos also offers pebble beaches and beautiful black beaches typical of most volcanic islands.
If you are more of an active couple, try windsurfing in the lagoon of Agios Georgios, which is claimed to have ideal windsurfing conditions. Or, if you prefer kiting , one of the best kitesurfing beaches is the beach of the Mikra Vigla.

3. Have a romantic walk!
If like taking romantic walks, definitely check out Kastro, where you can explore on paved patches and among the ancient stone buildings. Kastro is called the Greek Venice and it’s the oldest quarter in Naxos Town. And no wonder — Kastro was indeed constructed by the Venetians in the Medieval times!


4. Visit Churches
Mix with the locals and follow them to panigiri (religious feast) in the picturesque churches. The panigiria include a litany of the saint’s icon all around the village. And then — dancing, eating, drinking, dancing, eating, drinking… in the central square till you drop out at dawn. There are many religious feasts being held all around Naxos you can’t go wrong.

5. Participate in the Naxos Festival in Bazeos Tower
The Naxos Festival originally started in summer 2001 and takes place in the restored Bazeos Tower in the center of the island. The Bazeos Tower has been functioning as a monastery of Holy Cross from 1600 and now serves as residences and workshops of ceramists. For the last 100 years the tower has hosted exciting cultural events, especially during its acclaimed Naxox Festival. To get a great taste of Greek folk culture, be sure to participate in the plentiful musical concerts and art exhibitions. Festival lasts from July to September, read more here.

Santorini Oia
The road to Oia was narrow and steppy. The village can be reached by a road that meanders along the steep cliffs located to the eastern periphery of Santorini. At certain points this road is so narrow that it looks more like a ridge that can barely accommodate two lanes with no railing for protection.
Santorini is gifted with a unique natural beauty and a wild scenery created by past volcanic eruptions. It is known for the beautiful caldera and two small islands of black lava that are also the youngest islets in the Eastern Mediterranean.
White-washed and brightly trimmed buildings glittering in the Sun on a striking volcanic cliff, the crystal clear blue Mediterranean ocean, endless horizon and churches blue domes decorate every corner of the picturesque landscapes. There’s soooo much to see. Do NOT forget your camera! Like most volcanic islands, Oia has a rather a raw beauty covered with dark pebble beaches and sharp volcanic rocks. I’ve compiled a list of possibly best experiences to try out and enjoy in Oia based on Alex recommendations, so read what you should do below:

dont leave oia

1. Embarking on Caldera sailing cruise
Oia is often crowded during the touristic season as it has plenty of bars, restaurants and hotels positioned right on top of rocky ridge lines and promontories. Best known for its fabulous panoramic view and sunny Mediterranean backdrop, the Santorini Caldera will not disappoint. Oia lies above an under-water volcano; the northernmost part of the Caldera’s crater-like structure was formed by the collapse of land following a massive volcanic eruption. The crater actually looks like a “cooking pot”.
Some calderas are highly mineralized, thus are known for the healthy properties of their hot springs. Rent a boat and take off to the shore to swim in the natural hot springs all around. It’s surprising, but this part of ocean often has rough waters, so this swim isn’t for novices… be careful. Even strong swimmers can have a tough time to making it to the shore. Stick close to the boat. If you don’t feel like being a swimming champion, enjoy the cruise from inside of the boat. Be sure to take plenty of memorable pictures, eat, drink and observe the super romantic sunsets. I promise that you won’t get bored.


2. Watching the sunset
Talking about sunsets. Many travelers agree that the sunsets of Santorini are the most beautiful anywhere on earth. The best news is that the sunsets can be savored from countless vantage positions all over the island, and Oia is definitively one of them. Romantic lights decorate the newer buildings, including hotels and restaurants built on the cliffs, starkly contrast with the deep blue of the ocean and raw dark volcanic rock landscapes, providing you with truly mesmerizing views of Santorini’s natural beauty and rich Mediterranean history.
A truly great way to experience Santorini’s incredible sunsets is by embarking on a romantic sunset cruise. It doesn’t get any better than that.


3. Hiring a quad or a bike and riding around the island!
Hiring a quad or a bike is a lot of fun and it’s still a pretty cheap activity (around 15€ for the day plus fuel), and all you need to rent it is to have a standard driver’s license. Touring the island in this way will offer you a more intimate look at the landscape. That way, you will discover areas that are not normally accessible by bus plus you will have the amazing summer experience of salty Mediterranean breezes ruffling your hair. Who wouldn’t love that?
One of the safest roads are near Kamari and Perissa, where you can cruise down to their famous black sand beaches if you want to chill.

4. Staying in a Cave house
There are many lovely hostels “set in stone” and one of them is undoubtedly Caveland in Karterados. Due to its white-washed styling, bright blue doors decorated with fuchsia flowers, it is quintessentially Greek. And if you are a romantic couple, Oia is a perfect getaway and has definitely the best view of the caldera while remaining far away from the lively and crowded Fira. Couples who prefer to be in the center of action should choose Fira over Oia, but this is the chapter of a whole new story, since this time we are focusing on quiet and relaxing Greek islands.


Conclusion? Even with the economical issues, Greece is apparently more popular this year than we’ve seen it in many other years. The prices are cheap and the U.S dollar is strong. Romantic Greek island getaways continue to be attractive to travelers. So, if you are looking for lovely locations and breathtaking landscapes with staggering sunsets, Oia Santorini and Naxos are highly recommended by couples just like you. Whatever you choose, Alex recommends spending at least 4 days of getaway time on those beautiful beaches and relaxing in two of the most picturesque islands in the Mediterranean. What a great way to charge your battery for the wintertime.

Oia link:,_Greece
Santorini link:
Naxos link:
Kreta (Crete) link:
Korfu (Corfu)link:
Zakynthos link:

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CONTEST Share spring flowery pictures to win Kindle Fire HD7

CONTEST “Spring is in the air…and so is love!”

Flowers are popping up everywhere in fields, gardens and parks. We all catch them in action and so should you! Dive into nature, capture blossoms as they awaken, and share them with us for the chance to win a Kindle Fire HD7.

With Spring all around, if you’re lucky, you can find the most beautiful blossoms even in your home’s backyard! Embark on your flowery Springtime trips or walks and document flowers with the LeafCanoe app. Capture single blossoms or carpets of flowers as they emerge with all their unpredictability and whimsicality to win in our flowery challenge!

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Participate in our flowery contest to win Kindle Fire HD7!

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The contest is open for everyone who submits the valid entry except for the individuals affiliated with the organizer, including employees and their immediate families (children, siblings and spouses).

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6-10 pictures that represent the theme “Spring is in the air….so is love!” with an interesting description, and accurate geo-tag. At least half of the pictures need to show blossoming flowers and be related to the theme “Spring is in the air…and so is love!” One person can submit multiple entries.

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  1. Install the LeafCanoe app from App Store, register as a guest and request an invitation within the app. Check your e-mail for the invitation code (it might take a few hours, please be patient.)
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Kissing under a tree

Spring is in the air… and so is love!

After the cold winter seeing spring flowers blossom is like a miracle. Starting from April, one of the first intensely blossoming months, nature is bursting into bloom and so the feelings are. Inspired by the first sunshine and cheerful birds chirping, we found ourselves in a cheesy mood and we scoured the world over for the TOTALLY ROMANTIC trips you can enjoy with your significant other in the springtime.

Where the pale pink Cherry Blossoms grow…

You’ve probably heard of the stunning Japanese Cherry Blossom by now, including their famous locations like Miharu Takizakura (Fukushima), Yamataka Jindai Zakura (Yamanashi), One Dani Usuzumi Zakura (Gifu), Hirosaki Park (Aomori), Takato Castle Site Park (Nagano) or the last but not least – Mt. Yoshino (Nara). We are sure that nobody doubts about how gorgeous these Cherry Blossom locations are. But did you know that you can enjoy yet still charming Cherry Blossoms in Washington, D.C. or in Vancouver, in British Columbia? Not only you can gather beneath the downy blossoms of cherry trees in there, but also join the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, including Petal Mat Picnic and Bike the Blossom Activities!

Cherry in Vancouver

Cherry blossom in Vancouver, source:

Purple haze: Crocuses in the Tatra Mountains, Poland

Crocuses are among first flowers to bloom in the spring since they have an unusual ability to thrive in the late winter. It’s not uncommon to see early flowering through a light late snowfall. Thousands of tiny crocuses bloom on the Polish Tatras clearings, and April is definitely the best time to admire meadows overflowing with these purple flowers.

Crocuses in field


Where to find crocuses in the Tatras?
Crocuses begin to bloom every year in several areas of the Tatra Mountains up to an altitude of 1600 m above sea level. Due to differences in altitude and temperature, blooming schedules vary, which lengthen the blooming cycles. You will discover crocuses in the Olczyska Glade or the Pisana Glade, in the Gorce Mountains, but most of all – along the most fabulous and the longest valley in the Polish Tatra Mountains – the Chochołowska Valley.

How to get to the Chochołowska Valley?
This valley offers plenty of hiking opportunities, provided, of course that you are properly prepared for the late winter conditions. Warm clothing and waterproof shoes are the bare minimum. You need to be aware of the dangers of avalanches in the spring, so the safest option is to hire a professional guide to safely show you around. There are several ways to reach the blooming Chochołowska Valley. At the entryway of the Siwa Pass (the beginning of the Chochołowska Valley) there is a car park with mountain bike rentals (the bikes can be returned at a convenient shelter in the Chochołowska Valley). If you would like to add some genuine Slavic flavor to your hiking experience, you can enjoy less strenuous horse and carriage excursions. Hiking from the Siwa Pass to the Chochołowska Valley will take you around 2 hours if you choose a green route.

Passing by the mysterious Tatra’s Caves and reaching the Chochołowska Valley
Before you reach the famous Chochołowska Valley you will travel through the Huciska Pass, where the caves known as Zbójecka Dziura, Rybia, Mała and the Upper Chochołowska Gate cut in between the slopes of Bobrowiec and Kominiarski Wierch Mountains. As you continue hiking along the green route you will eventually reach the fabulous Purple Hill of the vast Chochołowska Valley that encompasses 35 square km and stretches a breathtaking 10 km in length. Western Tatras is famous for the richness of the wildlife and uniqueness of its vegetation.

The Chochołowska Valley’s beauty is striking. Not only will you be surrounded by purple carpets of crocuses – but also 60 colorful shepherd huts since the area used to be one of the major sheep rearing centers. Nowadays, most of the huts are well-preserved historical monuments which nestle in the landscape and provide you the opportunity to purchase genuine sheep’s products. One of the huts was converted into the Chapel of St. John the Baptist, which is a known theatrical set for many Polish movies and where Holy Masses are held in the summer season.
Other popular “crocus routes” include trips to Grześ and Rakoń in the Western Tatras, as well as the Iwaniacka pass near the shelter on Hala Ornak.

Crocuses panorama

Crocuses in the Chochołowska Valley, Poland

Want to be updated when the first crocuses begin to bloom?

This information can be found in the shelter at the Chochołowska Valley via the phone or on the Internet. You can also check the Tatras sites daily ( Although the crocus blooming season is a bit different every year, the safest visits should take place in mid-April, even though some of crocuses often thrive till the beginning of May, when the risk of avalanches increase. Again, I recommend you plan to enjoy the full bloom of majestic purple carpets in April.

Orange mosaic: Poppies in the Antelope Valley, California, the U.S

Its orange fields are the most consistent poppy-bearing lands in the entire California, but you will also find there a mosaic of owl’s clover, lupine, goldfield and cream cups. If you want to get an eyeful of stunning colors and fragrance, the expansive fields of the Antelope Valley is a place to go.


Poppies in the Antelope Valley, California, the U.S

Located at an elevation of 2600 to 3000 feet in the western Mojave Desert, the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve brings to life orange kingdom of poppies with intense colors and scents that will make your head spinning.  The wildflower season lasts from mid-February through late May, however the peak of poppy bloom happens usually in mid-April.

Hike and explore across 8 miles of the flowery trails with their gentle rolling hills or just sit on the benches to admire birds gliding overhead. The wildlife of the Antelope Valley with its lizards, gopher snakes, rattlesnakes, coyote or bobcat will amaze you, so get your cameras ready.  One thing you need to be aware of though – be careful as the burrows around the trails may house mice, kangaroo rats or even scorpions. Remember to keep moving rather than stretching your legs sitting on the ground.

Rattlesnakes in fields

Be prepare to meet some Mojave green rattlesnakes who like zipping across the trails during the daytime. They generally avoid a confrontation, but might react aggressively once startled or threatened. Do not run blankly into the fields among the poppies outside the reserve to get the perfect selfie, because that might result in a bite. Watch where you step and walk within park boundaries. Stay on the trail and do not pick the wildflowers.

It might get windy

In the spring the weather changes from hour to hour, so you’d better bring some warm clothes and watch closely weather reports for general conditions using this weather station . Also, keep in mind that the valley is located in the desert so the air can get very dry. A nice water supply will be needed.

Into the blue: Bluebonnets of Texas, the U.S

The springtime in Texas can be magical too, with its roadsides blanketed in a sea of bluebonnets. You can see them on many of the Texas roads, but Texas Hill Country Wildflower Trail has by far the most splendid views. See the map.

Burnet, Fredericksburg, Llano and San Saba celebrate bluebonnet festivals each year. Burnet was even officially recognized as the “Bluebonnet Capital of Texas”! Other famous for bluebonnets locations can be found in the Washington County’s cities like Brenham, Chapell Hill or Independence.



The famous Willow Loop

If you want to take in amazing sights of bluebonnets, sunflowers or black-eyed Susans check out the acclaimed Willow City Loop located just outside of Fredericksburg. Its jagged cliffs, low lying meadows and meandering streams are the most spectacular views during a Wildflower Season (March – May), so go ahead and discover the natural beauty of this region in the upcoming weeks!

The loop is privately owned

Do not park your car on or walk through the Wildflower fields of the Willow Loop. Try to keep moving along the narrow roadway of the Willow City, so its residents can access their driveways. When you feel tired, stop at one of the bars along the way to try out some local burgers and have some rest before you dive into the blue again.

Bluebonnets of Texas

Bluebonnets of Texas

Where to search for the best blue spots

Generally bluebonnets bloom from mid-March until mid-April, starting from the southern parts of Texas like Houston or San Antonio and moving to the north to Austin, the Hill Country and Waco. Lastly, you can admire the blue beauties in the Dallas-Forth Worth in mid-April. If you live closer to the Dallas-Forth Worth another good option for you might be Ennis, called the Bluebonnet Trails Capitol of Texas with its over 40 miles of mapped driving Bluebonnet Trails. You can also enjoy there 2 days full of Arts and Crafts, Automobile Shows, Children’s Activities and Exciting Live Music events during the Bluebonnet Trails Festival, on April 18-19. To check out where are the bluebonnets at any given time, see the Texas DOT’S (department of transportation) Hotline via their website 

On a flowery mission…

Blossoming flowers are the Spring signatures, but due to their changeable nature, they are also the hardest to capture! Join us in a mission of diving into the wildlife and capture its awaking, but still well-hidden pearls. We encourage you to share these moments with us and expand our “blossoming guide”, and get ready to participate in our upcoming blossoming contest for the chance of winning a Kindle HD7! Check our forums & Facebook FanPage for more details later this week!


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