Last week-end, we had the chance to cross the whole country to attend a seminar in Nemunas Delta Regional Park with about a hundred attendants : employees and directors of almost all regional and national parks of Lithuania, employees of Protected Areas from Vilnius, and members of the Ministry of environment. The seminar last for a day. Then, on saturday and sunday, with colleagues of Aukštaitija National Park and Labanoras Regional Park, we spent some good time together in Nemunas Delta and near Klaipėda, by the sea.
Nerijus and Leonas, from our hosting organisation Deineta, said how important it is to
spread the word about volunteering in Lithuania, something still not wellknown enough
|Two boats allowed all of us to (re)discover Nemunas Delta|
|Let's apologize for polluting rivers and be thankful for the water...|
|...said this group of volunteers, beside the seminar,|
for an association of protection of water ressources.
Ramūnas Lydis, director of Nemunas Delta Regional Park,
thanked in some symbolic and funny way,
with cold water poured over his face and half-naked body
by these women of a folk group
The lutheran church of Rusnė,
little town in the heart of Nemunas Delta Regional Park,
on an island separated by rivers from the mainland.
On the other side of the river : Kaliningrad (Russia).
|The bridge separating the island of Rusnė from the mainland|
Here is the very end of Ventės Ragas (literally 'world's edge').
It is a sparsely inhabited area on the tip of the south-pointing promontory of the delta,
which, with its dramatic nature and uplifting isolation, is beautifully wild.
The main attraction here is the Ventės Ragas Ornithological Station,66km south of Klaipėda at the end of the Kintai-Ventė road.
|The lighthouse of Ventės Ragas was built in 1862|
|No, the bagpipe is not only irish, it is |
actually a traditonal instrument of Lithuania.
Gydrius, from Labanoras Regional Park,
is one of the few dozens of people who have one.
|Our mentor Linas used to play it regularly |
and is actually pretty good at it
Place and time chosen to play were perfect...
It was sunset time at Olando Kepurė (or Dutchman's cap,
in reference to the shape of this 24 m high cliff overlooking the sea)
|From left to right : Edouard, Irena, Andrius, Vanda, Linas, Sigutė and Florence|
One of the last summer week-ends on the beach. Lithuanian seaside remains
wild and natural enough, with no hotels, houses or restaurants by the beach.
Just sand and mostly pine trees. A big change compared to french or spanish coasts!
|The sea was pretty wild on sunday. |
A good occasion to have fun in the Baltic waves altogether