During the first week of April I was travelling in the mountainous region where the borders of Bulgaria, Greece and Macedonia (FYROM) meet.
(Image Copyright Johann Brandstätter/JB Photography)
The landscape there is fantastic and the ruins of an 11th century fortress on the Bulgarian side attract some tourists. But as soon as I ventured away from the main thoroughfare, time seemed to run backwards. Although cars were parked even in front of the shabbiest building, I saw more horse- and donkey-carts on the track leading up to the village of Borovichene, only a stone’s throw away from the Macedonian border.
Borovichene itself appeared almost deserted, only three or four people were out and about, and a particularly scrawny stray dog was roaming the street. Even the church and the town hall were locked up, the latter apparently for good. Although only some seven kilometers away from the primary road, the farms on the periphery of the village don’t have electricity.
The image above shows one of those farms, over the mountain ridge in the background a thunderstorm is moving in from Greece.
Canon EOS 50D & Canon EF 4/70-200mm L USM; f/4.0; 1/1600; ISO 400