The frozen boat

Venue: Pancharevo lake, suburban Sofia

Lens: Sigma 35 mm f/1.4

Music: Row, row, row your boat (

Slightly outside Sofia and close to the Vitosha mountain lies the small Pancharevo lake which provides a nice escape from the city during spring and summer. You can hire a boat to go around the lake, go fishing, make barbecue, or just chill in one of the waterfront restaurants. Understandably it is not so popular in the winter, especially in winters like this one when temperatures in Bulgaria didn’t go above -10 degrees Celsius for many days in a row. But luckily last weekend the weather was much better, only -3 and slightly foggy! So I had a chance to visit the lake and see how much snow and ice there is. Unsurprisingly it was completely frozen and empty, except for a loose boat that must have been left in the water before it froze down. I don’t know if somebody let it stay out and freeze on purpose or not, but here it is on the photo (which I slightly photoshopped to make the whole setting a bit brighter). I guess sometimes you need to give up rowing your boat and hide from the cold!

62 thoughts on “The frozen boat

  1. Only -3? O my gosh, that is cold! I am glad you ventured out to capture this photo. A lonely boat trapped. I enjoy hearing about Bulgaria. You take me on trips that I cannot go on myself. Thank you for that.

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  2. I love everything about this: the colours, the foggy landscape, and the juxtaposition of the boat stranded on the ice.

    There’s also something very hopeful about this photo…The boat is waiting patiently for spring, which, of course, means freedom.

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  3. That’s a breathtaking photograph. And the number “6” makes me wonder if it’s a rental. Which, of course, leads one to wonder about what happened to the inhabitants of the boat before they deserted her. Ah, the beginnings of fiction…

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  4. I’ve noticed that you have visited my blog a few times, and want you to know I appreciate it. I spent some time browsing your blog this morning, and I will be back. I don’t know much about photography, but I like to study it and think about it, and it adds to my enjoyment when the photographer describes the shot or his or her process or purpose. I especially liked this one with its misty, monochromatic background for the vivid colors of the boat.

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