Category Archives: Landscapes

Stone by road

Šilėnai hiking

Šilėnai is a small village located in a western part of Vilnius region a right side of Neris river.

SlipperThis riverside of Neris is polluted by garbage, especially after winter. Rubber slipper hung on a branch.

IMG_1284_01Some animal skull.

IMG_1285A part of packaging of some sort of Beko home appliance.

IMG_1307 Beavers dammed spring which turned into this pond named “eye”.IMG_1313The dam itself.

IMG_1320 Spring signs.IMG_1332_01The spring from a dam then meanders through forest and fields.

IMG_1366Those fields are somehow polluted by oils.

IMG_1369 Outer part of Šilėnai village.IMG_1378According to wiki, village population in 30 years decreased twice and probably this abandoned house is a result.
IMG_1384Wooden church built on 1725 m.

IMG_1385That’s what is left of a full beer can when it is driven over.

IMG_1388Northern side of the village.

Užutrakio mansion

Nocturnal Trakai

This time we took different direction and travelled to Trakai and drove around Galvės lake. First of all visited abandoned buildings near castle, the view wasn’t very special in a night time, so we went to an Užutrakio mansion, which was my biggest aim for that night and I was hoping for some really nice shots. Well, I cannot complain. There I took these photos. One picturing the mansion itself and other one shows Trakai castle from a far and a starry night sky. One thing was new to me – the lake, more accurately the ice emitted some very creepy low-frequency sounds every half a minute. During the day its fine I guess, but in the middle of a night when all senses are heightened its uncomfortable.

Nocturnal Trakai

Neris at Stirniai

Neris at Stirniai

That night we set off for abandoned rehab center “Aušveita”. The result wasn’t very pleasing, because not only that one building was occupied and light was coming from the windows, something near it was blinking red, so we thought that the area was guarded. We went around it and down to the Neris riverside, where huge ice debris (aprox. 1,5m in height) was lying. This photo was taken on top of one of those ice blocks. The light on horizon is coming from Vilnius which is ~20km from there.

walk a dog on a sunset

Walk a dog on a sunset

When I started living in Vilnius in 2011 I continued taking photos. Everything and every place there was new for me. This shot was taken on a nice autumn evening near White bridge (“Baltasis tiltas”) on a field where people fly their kites, walk dogs and even launch full scale hot air balloons. West horizon here consists of Barclays office block, Geležinis Vilkas bridge and television tower. I was lucky enough to catch all this in one shot.

Harp view

Harp view

Harp or “Arfa” in lithuanian was a huge 29 floor building to be built in Vilnius at 2009, The company building it went bankrupt, so its empty frame has been standing since. The abandoned construction site can be visited by anyone not afraid of warning signs. Vilnius panorama is quite nice form such heights.