Pic Of The Week (08/2012)

Because of the heavy snowfall and the almost non-existent road clearing in Bulgaria I was practically stuck in Sofia for a few weeks and didn’t get a lot of work done. Out of sheer frustration I went and did a series of shots during the last spell of bad weather.

Last week in downtown Sofia...
Last week in downtown Sofia... (www.jb-photography.org)

This is image does not show some minor roads in the outskirts, this is the situation in central Sofia! I have been living in Canada’s Yukon Terrritory, in arctic Sweden and in the West Highlands of Scotland, but nowhere the country practically shut down because of half a meter of snow.

In Bulgaria the authorities – after trying to cope with the situation for some time – gave up and only major thoroughfares in the big cities were cleared. The only bridge over the Danube River between Bulgaria and Romania at Ruse stayed closed for freight traffic for days, as was the border crossing into Turkey at Kapitan Andreevo, a ban vor vehicles over 10 tons was enforced in the country.

At long last Turkey ran out of patience with its western neighbor and threatened a lawsuit, should Bulgaria not open the vital road connection again!

Thank heavens the weather gods took pity with the poor Bulgarians and the weather turned fine and warm last weekend. But that in turn raises new concerns about the hundreds of dams all over the country that are nowhere near safe to operate. Some of them have not been maintained for decades and three already broke two weeks ago, killing ten!

Even for the gods it seems to be difficult to know what to do with Bulgaria…

Canon EOS 50D & Canon EF 4/24-105 mm L IS USM; f/7.1; 1/500; ISO 400

(Image Copyright Johann Brandstätter/JB Photography)