Līgatne Nature Trails

Hey guys, long time no see! But I'm really glad to be back and if some of you still happen to wonder what I've been up to since my last post then for example from October 10 till 16 we enjoyed a small break from work. During our week off we crossed 3.5 km Lake Saare study trail (link) twice: for starters us two and then already with Elvis. We also spent some wonderful time at Toila Spa Hotel (link) and fell in love with their exclusive sauna complex for adults only. And then we took a road trip to Latvia where we spent several active hours discovering Līgatne Nature Trails, the main topic of today's comeback post. So let's get down to business!

2 photos above and the last photo of this post were taken with Samsung Galaxy J5.
Līgatne Nature Trails were established in 1975 and are located in Gauja National Park, on the wild and absolutely picturesque banks of the Gauja River. There are more than 5 km of trails where you can observe wild animals and birds native to Latvia. While discovering the trails visitors have a chance to meet ural owl, eagle owl, tawny owl, pine marten, long-eared owl, brown bear, wild boar, elk, red fox, raccoon dog and more. Animals and birds are brought here from different places in Latvia because they were wounded or domesticated and couldn't survive without human care. Browse more information about Līgatne Nature Trails through Visit Līgatne page here or Latvia Travel page here.

4 photos above were taken by E with his Canon EOS 500D. Everything else below was taken with my Olympus E-520.
You can clearly guess who my biggest favourites were when you have a look at today's photos. First of all their wonderful sociable elks easily won my heart and secondly I was downright enchanted when I met their majestic owls. Those hours we spent walking and photographing and wondering were still too short and I know for sure I want to go back to Līgatne Nature Trails and I also want to discover other sights in Līgatne, for example fascinating Vienkoči park (link). And the husband is eager to visit Baltic Bonsai Park (link) in Inčukalns so at least one road trip to Latvia is in store for us in spring 2017!

Depo home improvement center (link) in Valmiera on October 14.
Anyway, I hope you guys enjoyed this animal and bird centered post because I loved creating it. Life lately has also included insane times at work, taking another off-hour job for the upcoming months and a thorny path towards a new veranda and a new wardrobe. First the veranda will be completed and then my dream wardrobe will hopefully follow. I hope in December I can at least show you our finished veranda! But for the time being I have hundreds of photos from our older road trips and also everyday snapshots taken with my phone. Let me know if you guys have any special wishes or ideas when it comes to new posts. And see you in the next post of course!