Geography through Photography – Southern Carpathian Mountains at the Start of Winter
Based in Bucharest, Romania, Dragoş Asaftei, is a passionate photographer who started on this path back in 2008, being extremely fond of nature. This is why every time he takes a plane ride over the country, he always takes his camera with him. Before the flight, he checks the route the plane will be taking and looks for various checkpoints on a map in order to know what he’s photographing below.
As he puts it, Bucharest is not that far away from the Southern Carpathian Mountains, so the plane doesn’t get to a high enough altitude so you can’t get decent photos because of the possible cloud cover. So, with every departure, he books a seat on the right-hand side of the plane and several seats in front of the wing as to get the best photos possible. And once the plane is in the air, he doesn’t stop taking photos until it leaves the Romanian airspace.
In this photo series as part of Geography through Photography, Dragoş Asaftei focused his attention on Romania’s Southern Carpathian Mountains at the start of winter. These mountain ranges make-up the southern most part of the Carpathians having an east-west orientation, and, more or less, cutting the country in half. These mountains also have the tallest peaks in the whole country with Moldoveanu Peak reaching as high up as 2,544 metres. This peak is located in the Fagaras Mountains of the Southern Carpathians.
The Carpathian Mountains also contain one of the largest continuous forest expanses in Europe, with the largest population of bears and wolves on the continent. Traversing the Southern Carpathian Mountains, there is also the famed Transfagarasan Road, with some of the best landscapes and scenery around. Bran Castle, home to Dracula, is also located here, by the way.