March 11, 2016
2368 POLAND (Lesser Poland) - Chocholowska Clearing
The Chochołowska Valley is not only the largest valley in the Polish Tatra Mountains (part of the Carpathian Mountains, located on the border with Slovakia), but the longest one as well (10 km in length). It consists of two distinct parts: one which looks more like a ravine with the so-called "Gates"', and the other modelled by the glacier. Upon crossing the last of the bridges over the Chochołowski Brook and leaving the forest, the beautiful Chochołowska Clearing (Polana Chochołowska) strikes the eyes.
It is definitely worth seeing as it is regarded as one of the largest and most beautiful clearings in the whole range of the Tatra Mountains. The best time of year to come here is the early spring when the clearing is filled with the crocuses. The Chochołowska Clearing used to be one of major sheep rearing centres with as many as 60 shepherd huts. Nowadays, most of them are well-preserved historical monuments, which have become part of the Chochołowska Valley landscape.
About the stamp
The stamp is part of the series Signs of the Zodiac, about which I wrote here.
A Walking Tour of the Chocholowska Valley - Zakopane online
Sender: Ania / anney_marriey (postcrossing) PL-1195801
Sent from Pszczyna (Silesia / Poland), on 05.03.2016
Photo: Pawel Uchorczak