Situated on the outskirts of Cluj-Napoca (my town), the Hoia forest is a much appreciated recreation place for locals on weekend days.
Also, at the edge of the forest is housed the Open Air Section of the Ethnographic Museum, which is a reconstructed peasant village with 150 typical dwellings and wooden churches.
Crossing the Hoia hill through the so called "Turkish cut" the forest is a twenty minutes walk from my place, so last Saturday, I headed to the museum to take some pictures.
Once up, in front of the museum, I've changed my mind and took left at the junction, on the road to the forest, to take some wildflower pictures.
There were many people out there, enjoying the sunshine and making a dense smoke with their grills (I so much hate that).
So, after waiting for the wind direction to change and get rid of the smoke, I managed to capture a few daisies and wildflowers, on a cleaning. Here is this beautiful Common Daisy (Bellis perennis) field.
Some more lovely wildflowers:
The flowers are my contribution to Macro Flowers Saturday and Today's flowers and Scenic Sunday.
I tried to go inside the forest for some more photos and I did, but just about 10 meters deeper.
I tried to capture some strange mushrooms, I took about ten shots but I couldn't focus.
All the time I was looking around and backwards to be sure that I still can see the people in the cleaning .
I, myself couldn't understand why am I so afraid in the middle of the day.
Finally I had to come out of the forest.
It often happens to some of us that we hear strange and scary stories our whole lives about something. So scary stories that you shut them out of your mind.
I can swear that I've totally forgotten all stories when I began my trip.
Back home, it took me a week to think about it and to find the answer for being so scared to go deeper in the forest.
There is no answer, now I remember. It happens to each and every human, entering the Hoia-Baciu forest.
From ancient times, villagers found themselves assaulted by unexplained feelings of nausea, anxiety, feelings of vomiting, headache and even skin burns occurred to all who have stepped in the forest.. They don't like to talk about these things but they advice everyone not to go there.
The Hoia forest is connected with the Baciu forest, mentioned as Hoia-Baciu forest but also as the "Bermuda Triangle of Romania". The forest is considered one of the most active spot in the world regarding apparitions and various unexplained phenomena like light observations of various shapes and colors, strange shadows, voices and human faces.
Esoteric specialists from around the world, teams of famous scientists from Germany, France, the United States and Hungary managed to capture on film immaterial or material structures and forms appearing in front of curious, whether it was night or noon. Some are seen with the naked eye and some only on photos or videos.
I hope I didn't scare you too, with my story.
This post is too long already, so I save the rest of the story for the next post, for those interested.