The real Holly Wood

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Old wooden (serbian orthodox) church in village Marićka near Prijedor. One of five in that region. Church is around 200 years old and was built in oak forest. Those kind of churches are characteristic for region of Serbia and BiH. Interesting thing is that there is one oak tree for which is believed that is more then 500 years old.

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There is a legend of how these churches were built and why. Turks (Turkish empire), who ruled these regions almost for 5 centuries, allowed to the local population to built churches but only if they could built it in ONE NIGHT.

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Another interesting characteristic is mobility of these churches. It was pretty easy to move one from one place to another.

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Here are some pictures of that old oak tree. It is amazing to stand next to it.
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Most of the pictures are made as HDRs and out of 7 images and more. I decided to do it with more images I could because clouds were moving very fast so I needed smooth transition in my final image.