Bigar waterfall is located in the southern part of the Anina mountains, in the Cheile Nerei National Park, about 5 km away from lake Golumbului and about 20 km from the mining city of Anina. If you plan to visit that place you should know that you have to drive on winding roads in order to get to Bigar waterfall but fortunately the landscape is amazing, especially in autumn and proabaly in winter as well. As a small suggestion, there is a parking lot about 200 m away from the waterfall so you even have a place where you can leave your car if you plan to visit this place.
If you wish to visit even more things at the Bigar waterfall natural reservation like some smaller waterfalls, the Bigar cave and the underground water spring, you’ll have to pay a 5 lei ticket which is about 1.43 US dollars in order to visit the small natural reservation.
According to The World Geography, the Bigar Waterfall occupies the first place on their list of 8 waterfalls around the world.
Towards the cascade
After we left our car in a smaller parking lot which is located almost half of kilometer, we came across this amazing landscape. As you can see in the photos below, the entire landscape is surrounded by steep mountains.
The Bigar Waterfall
Now here are some photos taken at the Bigar waterfall and to those who don’t know, Bigar is a small waterfall where the water falls from a cliff which is covered with green moss and I have to admit that its amazing and very unique, especially in Romania.
After we left this place, our next destination was the Serbian border town of Vršac which is located in the Banat region.
The so called “lake between the mountains” is called lake Golumbului and its located in the Cheile Nerei National Park, southwest Romania. This lake is not to far from Anina and If you plan to visit Bigar waterfalls, then you will definitely gonna find it because its close to the main road. I heard that some of the locals, who live in the area they also call this lake Minis, probably because the lake was named after a small river which flows into the lake.
Our final destination, Bigăr waterfalls was located about 5 km away from lake Golumbului and after a few photos of this amazing place, we decided that the time has arrived to leave this wonderful place.
Today I have decided to share an HDR photo which was captured in the beautiful city of Timisoara on a nice but cold spring night. The building in the photo below, is the well known Opera House and its located in the Victory square which is also the city center. At the time when the photo was captured, a large group of people started to exit the Opera House and I’ve decided to decrease my camera’s shutter speed to capture the movement of those people. Also you can notice the motion blur effect applied to the water from the small fountain.
Last spring I have decided to take a trip to Bigar waterfalls which is about 160 km away from Timisoara. My plan was to drive through Resita because I wanted to visit the steam locomotive museum which is located between the old and the new part of the town, in the neighborhood called Triaj or Railroad yard in English. After almost two hours of driving I have reached the locomotive museum.
In the steam locomotive museum you can find different types of steam locomotives which were built entirely in Resita, you can even find there the first steam locomotive which was built in the Reșița locomotive factory. Also, you will find both standard and narrow gauge steam locomotives.
I will start this post with some photos of the narrow gauge locomotives found in the locomotive museum after that, you will see some standard gauge locomotives.
This was the first steam locomotive built in Resita in 1872 and it was designed for a 948 mm gauge railway. It was used between 1872 and 1937 and it had the magical number of 2.
704.402 – Principesa Elena
The Principesa Elena was the second superheated steam locomotive of the 700 series built at the Locomotive factory in Reșița. This type of steam locomotive was in operation till 1970.
The series 764 was a very common type of steam locomotive and they were very common especially on narrow forestry railways and the CFR rail network. They were designed in order to pull various types of cargo within the areas serviced by the Narrow Railway Depot. Between 1952-1959 a total of 244 locomotives were manufactured at Reșița.
This tender locomotive was used especially on industrial lines. These locomotives were designed to pull heavy trains on Romania’s industrial lines. Reșița built between 1954-1961 a number of 145 steam locomotives of this series.
This was the most common standard gauge steam locomotive used by the Romanian Railway Company. They were in service till 1980 on almost all the rail lines in Romania.
This locomotive was the biggest and the most powerful in the CFR fleet. When it was operational, it managed to pull 700 tones at a speed of 110 km/h. They were constructed using the Austrian 241 model with a few improvements.
This series of steam locomotives was equiped with Heusinger distribution, Knorr automated brakes, Friedmann water injector, coal-fuel combustion. This was the most basic and up to date type used by the CFR.
This steam locomotive was designed to pull fright trains on both main and secondary railway lines and it was also designed to reach a speed of 70 km/h.
This series was designed and built by some specialists in the Iron Plants Resita and Resita Domains together with the Romanian railroad company, CFR. They were built for the short secondary railway lines, especially for the railroad lines located in Banat region.
Other photos taken in the steam locomotive museum
Below, I have decided to share other photos of the museum and the locomotives.
After almost one hour of admiring and photographing the amazing steam locomotives I’ve decided that the time has arrived to continue my trip towards the Bigar waterfall
The photos presented in this post were captured last year when I traveled with my family to the well-known historical region of Transylvania, Romania. To those who don’t know, Lake Zetea is located in Harghita county and its about 20 km away from the small Romanian town of Odorheiu Secuiesc. This large lake is an artificial lake because it was built to prevent flooding in the surrounding areas. Today, if you plan to visit the place, you will notice a small hydroelectric power plant under the dam which produces clean electricity to the local community.
Panoramic view of the lake
Before we left the lake, I’ve decided to take multiple photos of the lake and the surrounding area and merge them into a panoramic photo. All the photos were captured from the lake’s dam because I’ve considered that place a perfect spot for making interesting panoramic photos.
View of lake Zetea from the dam
I remember that this was my first photo of the lake, I’ve shot it as soon as I arrived to the lake. You can notice that the entire lake is surrounded by large forested hills and the shore is packed with large mountain rocks.
The other side of the dam
As you can see in the photo below, the entire valley is surrounded by large forested hills. At the bottom of the dam, you can spot a white building which operates as a smaller hydroelectric power plant. This small power plant produces hydroelectricity. I have to admit that surrounding areas are really beautiful, especially the view from the dam from where, you are able to see the entire valley and its also a perfect spot for capturing many amazing landscape photos.
Stairs covered by water
Close to end of the dam, I’ve found some stairs which helped me to get closer to the water. You can notice that when I shot these photos, the water level was really low.
In conclusion, I highly recommend this places especially if you are traveling in the nearby area.