SOOS abstraction

Do you wonder what I’m getting at with the title of this post? I hope so… Read on and you will see.


Photos presented in this post were taken at and inspired by SOOS, a national nature reserve that is situated just a few kilometres from Františkovy Lázně, the spa I wrote about in my last post. SOOS is a peat bog and fenland area that was declared the reserve in 1964.

You can get to know part of it by following a 1,2 kilometres long nature trail that takes you through the reserve and lets you see some of its marvels.


In the reserve, there are numerous outflows of mineral springs. Along the trail you can see for example the following Imperial spring, which has coloured the place where it comes to the surface in that wonderful orange. The spring water is drinkable.


I loved the tiles placed around the spring, they looked quite unusual and protected against slipping.


The trail goes across a dry lake bed that used to be full of salty mineral water. Remains of lake algae shells deposited at the bottom of the lake created a deep layer covered with white and yellow layers of precipitated mineral salts. It created a special micro landscape, they say it looks like a moonscape.


In several places at the end of the trail, pure carbon dioxide springs to the surface in so called moffets, mud volcanoes, and it’s quite fascinating to watch the little water pools bubbling with escaping gas. There were not many pools to watch though. This summer was very dry and the wetland was certainly much drier than usually.


It was very interesting to feel the atmosphere of the area and here I’m back at the title of my post. My perception of the place was influenced by seeing many abstract motifs and hopefully I was able to capture some of them in my photographs. I loved that SOOS abstraction…



  1. What an interesting place. It must have been challenging to build that boardwalk through the area. The brilliant orange colors around that one spring are gorgeous, but I'm not sure I'd want to drink the water from the spring. Those tiles do look interesting. The area reminds me a little bit some of the thermal features at our Yellowstone National Park.

    1. Linda, I agree, it could be quite interesting to see how the boardwalk was built. As for the spring, I guess there is nothing wrong with the orange sediments as many types of mineral water we buy bottled needs to have iron and its compounds removed prior to filling the bottles. The thing is that the iron may not be removed because of health issues but just because the bottle would look awful if there were orange stains inside it. Unfortunately, we didn’t know that the water from the Imperial spring was drinkable when we were there so we didn’t taste it and I can’t tell you now what it is like. When compared to Yellowstone, this is just a little area but it’s great that it’s preserved as well.

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