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Three of the seven lakes in the Rila Seven Lakes Basin (Циркус на Седемте рилски езера). In the foreground is the Bliznaka ezero (Twin Lake), then Trilistnika ezero (Three Leaf Lake), then Ribno ezero (Fish Lake).

Three of the seven lakes in the Rila Seven Lakes Basin (Циркус на Седемте рилски езера). In the foreground is the Bliznaka ezero (Twin Lake), then Trilistnika ezero (Three Leaf Lake), then Ribno ezero (Fish Lake).

Dulgo ezero (Long Lake) in the Bunderitsa Valley or Pirin National Park. The Pirin Mountains remind us of the Wallowa Mountains in our home state of Oregon!

Dulgo ezero (Long Lake) in the Bunderitsa Valley or Pirin National Park. The Pirin Mountains remind us of the Wallowa Mountains in our home state of Oregon!

There are MANY lakes in Bulgaria called "Ribno ezero" (Fish Lake). Perhaps that's not surprising. This is the Ribno ezero of the Rila Seven Lakes Basin in Rila National Park.

There are MANY lakes in Bulgaria called "Ribno ezero" (Fish Lake). Perhaps that's not surprising. This is the Ribno ezero of the Rila Seven Lakes Basin in Rila National Park.

Aleko Lake (Алеково езеро) is one of the seven Musala Lakes in the Rila National Park. The lake's name derives from the name of the nearby peak of Aleko.

Aleko Lake (Алеково езеро) is one of the seven Musala Lakes in the Rila National Park. The lake's name derives from the name of the nearby peak of Aleko.

Field of crocus and the peak of Deno in Rila National Park. June hiking in the high country of Bulgaria is blessed by floral abundance!

Field of crocus and the peak of Deno in Rila National Park. June hiking in the high country of Bulgaria is blessed by floral abundance!

Lunch spot with a view! Overlooking the Bubreka ezero (Kidney Lake), one of the Rila Seven Lakes in Rila National Park.

Lunch spot with a view! Overlooking the Bubreka ezero (Kidney Lake), one of the Rila Seven Lakes in Rila National Park.

View from the summit of Musala, the highest peak in the Balkans (higher than Mount Olympus in Greece). The summit which is part of the Rila Mountains rises to an elevation of 2,925 meters (9,596 ft).

View from the summit of Musala, the highest peak in the Balkans (higher than Mount Olympus in Greece). The summit which is part of the Rila Mountains rises to an elevation of 2,925 meters (9,596 ft).

The peak of Musala (right) rises above the crystalline waters of one of the seven Musala Lakes (Мусаленски езера).

The peak of Musala (right) rises above the crystalline waters of one of the seven Musala Lakes (Мусаленски езера).

The pyramidal, limestone summit of Vichren (to the right) rises above the upper Bunderitsa Valley in the Pirin National Park. Vichren is the highest summit in the Pirin Mountains; it's name means "wild like a whirlwind." Pirin National Park offers some of the finest alpine landscapes in Bulgaria (and in Europe for that matter)!

The pyramidal, limestone summit of Vichren (to the right) rises above the upper Bunderitsa Valley in the Pirin National Park. Vichren is the highest summit in the Pirin Mountains; it's name means "wild like a whirlwind." Pirin National Park offers some of the finest alpine landscapes in Bulgaria (and in Europe for that matter)!

Stara  planina - Bulgaria

Stara planina - Bulgaria

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