O r l i c k é h
o r y - the Eagle Mountains - are an indivisible part of the
mountain fortifications that form a natural border of the Czech
basin. They belong to the Sudeten system - Orlický hřbet (Eagle
Ridge), which is about a thousand metres above sea level, is the
highest part of the Central Sudetenland. It is narrow, compact ridge
with deep-cut valleys of the Divoká (Wild) and Tichá (Quiet) Orlice
rivers to the south-east.
The highest mountain of the range is
Velká Deštná (Rain Mountain) - 1,115 metres above
Dreamy melancholy of deep summer forests
and ghostlike foggy autumn mountain edges,
Sparkling white of first snowdrop and snowflake florets on
Dozy lazy days of highland villages and hamlets in the summer
Mysterious beauty of craggy valleys
Coloury contort silhouettes of aged beech trees when a smell
of August is felt on hayfields
Mouldering trunks under Komár
Abandoned stone in a meadow, presentient long past life in
the place where a house, a village used to stay
Lonesome fruit tree by the roadside
Eternal, moss-grown saint's statue in a hillside
Incomprehensible and ungraspable genius loci of that place......
That is how I was granted to perceive and cognize the
Land of Orlické Mountains.
Getting inspired to come and see? Just do
it. It's up to you....
Radka Holendová, for lending a lot
of materials about Orlické hory, which were a valuable source for
me. Mr. Holenda, for lending old postcards from Orlické hory.
Special thanks to Mrs. Mátlová for
translation to English.
Major part of old postcards is from the collection
of Mr. Holenda from Rokytnice. They are marked (H).
Postcard marked (Z) are from the
collection of Mr. Richard Zakopal. A part of this collection is
accessible on web - Monochrome
magic of old postcards.
I employed photos from an old turistic guide (P),
a number in bracket is year of edition.
Unmarked photos are mine.
If you have any questions, comments, or information
about Orlické hory, please write to my mail,
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