The Seven Rila Lakes

Starting the hike at around 2,000 metres above sea level, where spring was swinging, we gradually rose through the seasons to an ice filled altitude of 2,500 metres. May is not the ideal time to visit as the conditions are variable, however, what you pay for in wet feet and the occasional slip, you make up for in climate diversity. It’s almost like each lake brings on a new microclimate with its own colours and splendour.

Another benefit of visiting in May is that you are not interrupted on your meditative journey by tour groups. We started as a chatty group of four, but as our altitude increased the distance between us grew to the point where we were all wandering through the vast setting alone, enjoying the resultant brainwaves these mountains brought on.

- Shot on Canon AE-1, 50mm with Kodak Ektar 100 35mm film