Walk in the Hoia forest-wildflowers

This is the view from my place and up there, that inviting forest is the famous Hoia-Baciu forest. Why famous? I'll tell you at the end of this post.
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.
Hoia forest-view from Grigorescu neighborhood
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.
Ethnographic Museum-Hoia forest Cluj
There were many people out there, enjoying the sunshine and making a dense smoke with their grills (I so much hate that).
Hoia forest
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.
Daisy field
Daisy with insects
Common Daisy
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.


Unknown said...

I like your photographs, but I think I liked your story more.
There are stories and myths like yours everywhere. Near old villages and strange places, about things or phenomena one cannot explain.
Maybe, sometime, i will start writing similar stories, from rumors i have heard from older people in Crete.
Some are scary, others are curiously interesting and some, are really funny.
Have a great week.

Rosie Nixon Fluerty said...

I'll be back for part 2 - what an amazing story Maia. I've never heard of a Bermuda Triangle type phenomena in Romania before.

I'm glad I'm not the only one who sometimes has to give up on a photography subject as no matter what settings you use it still is out of focus.

As for your wild flowers they are so pretty - especially the wild snapdragon. I agree it takes ages to figure out the right name for some of those wildflowers.

DeniseinVA said...

Great post and I thought your photos were great, along with your commentary. Thanks for sharing.

Al said...

Nope,it didn't scare me but got more interested. I am so fond of mysterious stories in forests and the likes. I have heard Bermuda Triangle where most planes, ships disappear. Thanks for sharing.

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

You are very brave not to listen to the villages. You got nice photo for your bravery.

Janie said...

A deep dark forest can be kind of scary, even without the stories.
Your wildflower photos are beautiful.

Carolyn Ford said...

Perhaps it's a good thing you didn't venture beyond 10 meters into the forest alone, or even with someone. But...the daisies are just gorgeous. Fields of flowers are always a sight to behold!

Joanne Olivieri said...

Very fascinating story and your photos take us through part of the journey. Thanks for sharing this with us, I enjoyed this post.

Larry said...

I've enjoyed reading this post and seeing the area in which you live! Larry

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