Czechia Southern Moravia

14 spots Public

Piotr Skrzypiec

Moravia is a historical country in the Czech Republic occupying the south-eastern part of the country, and has as its capital Brno, the second largest city in the Czech Republic (390.000 inhabitants).The land takes its name from the Morava river, which traverses the area southward.

For photographers the most iconic part of the region is Southern Moravia, near to the city of Kyjov. The most interesting area forms the shape of a triangle between the villages Svatobožice, Čejč and Žarošice. On the foothills of the Carpathians there are some smooth, long hills with large fields of extensive agriculture. Vast areas planted with cereals, buckwheat and rapeseed, as well as some beautiful vineyards make the area quite similar to Tuscany or the Palouse region. Instead of Tuscany's classic cypresses you’ll find poplars, elms and chestnut-lined avenues and in the place of iconic Italian villas there are numerous scenic chapels, usually surrounded by trees. In the spring you’ll find stunning structured patchwork fields bursting with colour – details seen with tele lens are similar to Rothko's paintings.

Other noteworthy spots described in this guide are the windmill villages 25km northward from Kyjov. Agriculture is not as well developed here as in the Kyjov area – the fields are noticeably smaller, there are more forest areas, but the ornament of two outstanding windmills makes that region worth a visit.

Southern Moravia also offers great opportunities for nature photographers and you can almost treat a visit there as a european safari. Expect to see many roe-deer (known as ‘Moravian antelope’), hares and pheasants, many of which are accustomed to human presence.
The major difference between Moravia and Tuscany or the Palouse region is the soil structure. In Southern Moravia there are some lignite seams, which are close to the planted surfaces. Brown coal dust affects the colour of the soil, which is why freshly plowed light brown fields are often full of much darker coloured earth and can look like they are in the shadow of heavy clouds.

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