Slampe Palace exhibits peat sculptures and bog landscapes.

I’ve been intrigued by discovering hidden treasures and secret places from a young age. Maps have always fascinated me, and when I stumbled upon maps of high marsh lakes, I was immediately drawn to them. However, stories from my grandmother about the perils of exploring the bog alone made me think twice about venturing out on my own.

Determined not to let my fear hold me back, I decided to team up with a marsh scientist from the Faculty of Forestry in Jelgava. So, in 2010, we set out to explore the Cena moor together, and the beauty and uniqueness of the landscape immediately struck me. The captivating scenery of the swamp drew me in and held me spellbound.

The Tranquil Beauty of Cena Moor: A Photo Journey Through the Bog

As we wandered through the bog, I was struck by the sheer magnitude of the place. The vast expanse of the moor seemed endless, and it was easy to get lost in the beauty of it all. At times, it felt as though we were the only ones there, surrounded by nothing but the stillness and tranquility of the bog.

The photography opportunities in the bog were endless, with reflections of the sky and little pine trees dotting the landscape. I also found myself fascinated by the various plant species, such as droseras, the smell of sphagnum moss, and wild rosemary, that thrive in the unique ecosystem of the swamp.

Above all, I was struck by the calming nature of the bog. Despite its reputation for danger, the Cena moor was a place of peace and serenity, a haven away from the chaos of daily life. As a result, I left the bog with a renewed sense of wonder and appreciation for the natural world and a desire to explore even more hidden treasures waiting to be discovered.

Saullēkts ar zelta miglu pie horizonta Lielajā Ķemeru tīrelī
Zelta saullēkts Lielajā Ķemeru tīrelī ziemā. Foto: Atis Luguzs

Discover the Natural Wonders of Great Kemeru and Cena Bog Through Photography

At this exhibit, you can discover breathtaking photos captured during early morning hikes in the vast Kemeru bog. Moreover, there’s a great aerial shot of the central region of Cena bog. This photo resembles a drosera, an insect-eating plant, but in a much grander size, 50,000 times more significant, to be precise.

Cenas tīreļa centrālās daļas aerofoto
The middle section of Cena bog featuring a stylized depiction of a long-leaved sundew.

The photo of the bog that resembles a drosera highlights the natural wonders that exist in the marshland.

The Great Kemeru Moor and Cena Bog are home to several unique and mesmerizing features. Photographs capture the essence of these fascinating features, from the captivating reflections of the sky and little pine trees on the water’s surface to the enchanting smell of sphagnum moss and wild rosemary.

The images of sunrise hikes in Kemeru moor depict the tranquility and serenity of the early morning, with the soft light filtering through the trees. These pictures invite you to appreciate the calmness of nature and to take a moment to relax and reflect. The exhibit provides an immersive experience that transports you to the heart of the bog, allowing you to appreciate the beauty of nature up close.

Birches of the Bog: An Artistic Interpretation of Latvia’s Wetland Landscape.

For this exhibition, I created a beautiful painting of the birch landscape in the swamp. My inspiration came from Latvia’s renowned painter, Purvītis. However, I recently discovered from a museum employee that Purvītis never painted bog birches because of their crooked and withered appearance. But personally, I find them to be stunning in the swamp.

Glezna: purva rudens ainava ar bērzu stumbriem
“Swamp Birch Landscape”, acrylic on canvas, 60 x 90 cm, Atis Luguzs (2022)

Experience the Mesmerizing World of Peat Sculptures: An Artistic Journey into the Depths of Nature.

I am excited to introduce you to some extraordinary sculptures made entirely from peat. This exceptional material is excavated from a depth of approximately three meters. It can have a biological age ranging from 2 to 4 thousand years, coinciding with the time of the pharaohs in ancient Egypt.

Kūdras skulptūra: "Meitenes portrets". Autors: Atis Luguzs, 2019
Kūdras skulptūra: Meitenes portrets. Autors: Atis Luguzs, 2019

The peat used to create these sculptures undergoes a drying process that takes several years to become firm enough to be shaped and carved with a knife. Despite being a challenging medium to work with, peat sculptures have gained popularity in the last decade due to their unique texture and the artistic challenge they present.

In addition to their aesthetic appeal, peat sculptures represent an environmentally friendly form of art. By utilizing peat, a natural material, as the primary medium, artists can create beautiful works of art while maintaining an eco-friendly approach.

Overall, peat sculptures offer a glimpse into the beauty of nature and the art that can be created using natural resources. These sculptures are a testament to the ingenuity and creativity of artists who strive to find new and innovative ways to showcase the earth’s natural wonders.

Aerial Landscapes: Capturing the Breathtaking Beauty of Latvia’s Bogs from a Hot Air Balloon.

The exhibition showcases five stunning photographs captured by Viesturs Serdāns of Valguma World. These pictures were taken from a hot air balloon hovering over the Great Kemeri moor, featuring intricate labyrinths of marsh lakes, a vibrant array of colors, and the iconic walking boardwalk that leads to a charming lookout tower.

Overall, photography showcases the stunning and awe-inspiring nature of Latvia’s bogs. The exhibition is a must-visit for nature lovers and anyone looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and immerse themselves in the calming beauty of the marshland.

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