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After three years of work and more than two hundred days spent in the field, hiking in the mountains and sleeping under the stars (or the rain...), photographer Bruno D'Amicis has created a unique showcase of the endangered Tich Valley in the Tatra mountains of Slovakia.

His new book The Last Stronghold focuses on his work in this area and is devoted to saving
one of the last mountain wilderness areas in Europe. It contains first-hand wilderness stories written by the Slovak conservationist Erik Balz.

Clouds above Spruce (Picea abies) forest at dusk. Western Tatras, Slovakia, June 2008.  -  Bruno D'Amicis
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Bruno D'Amicis / Clouds above Spruce (Picea abies) forest at dusk. Western Tatras, Slovakia, June 2008.
Rainbow over the summit of Mt. Krivan (national symbol of Slovakia) at sunset. Western Tatras, Slovakia, June.  -  Bruno D'Amicis
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Bruno D'Amicis / Rainbow over the summit of Mt. Krivan (national symbol of Slovakia) at sunset. Western Tatras, Slovakia, June.
Sun rises behind Mt. Krisna in the Western Tatras, with the High Tatras in the background. Slovakia, August.  -  Bruno D'Amicis
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Bruno D'Amicis / Sun rises behind Mt. Krisna in the Western Tatras, with the High Tatras in the background. Slovakia, August.
Optical ^glory^ phenomenon and photographer's shadow. High Tatras, Slovakia, June.  -  Bruno D'Amicis
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Bruno D'Amicis / Optical ^glory^ phenomenon and photographer's shadow. High Tatras, Slovakia, June.
European brown bear (Ursus arctos) solitary female peering from behind Dwarf mountain pines (Pinus mugo) in mountain meadow, Western Tatras, Carpathian Mountains, Slovakia, June 2009  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / D'Amicis
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Wild Wonders of Europe / D'Amicis / European brown bear (Ursus arctos) solitary female peering from behind Dwarf mountain pines (Pinus mugo) in mountain meadow, Western Tatras, Carpathian Mountains, Slovakia, June 2009
Female European brown bear (Ursus arctos) with two yearling cubs walking down steep slope, Western Tatras, Carpathian Mountains, Slovakia, June 2009  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / D'Amicis
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Wild Wonders of Europe / D'Amicis / Female European brown bear (Ursus arctos) with two yearling cubs walking down steep slope, Western Tatras, Carpathian Mountains, Slovakia, June 2009
European Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) sow with two-year-old cub on mountain slope. Western Tatras, Slovakia, June.  -  Bruno D'Amicis
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Bruno D'Amicis / European Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) sow with two-year-old cub on mountain slope. Western Tatras, Slovakia, June.
Red Deer (Cervus elaphus) stag and Dwarf Pine (Pinus mugo) silhouetted at dusk on mountain slope. Western Tatras, Slovakia, September.  -  Bruno D'Amicis
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Bruno D'Amicis / Red Deer (Cervus elaphus) stag and Dwarf Pine (Pinus mugo) silhouetted at dusk on mountain slope. Western Tatras, Slovakia, September.
Least primroses (Primula minima) flowering on slope, Liptovske kopi, Western Tatras, Carpathian Mountains, Slovakia, June 2009  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / D'Amicis
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Wild Wonders of Europe / D'Amicis / Least primroses (Primula minima) flowering on slope, Liptovske kopi, Western Tatras, Carpathian Mountains, Slovakia, June 2009
Light shaft on forested slope. Western Tatras, Slovakia, August.  -  Bruno D'Amicis
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Bruno D'Amicis / Light shaft on forested slope. Western Tatras, Slovakia, August.
Red Deer (Cervus elaphus) stags bathing in a mountain pool. Western Tatras, Slovakia, June.  -  Bruno D'Amicis
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Bruno D'Amicis / Red Deer (Cervus elaphus) stags bathing in a mountain pool. Western Tatras, Slovakia, June.
Red Deer (Cervus elaphus) stag bachelor group during velvet season, resting on mountain meadow. Western Tatras, Slovakia, June.  -  Bruno D'Amicis
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Bruno D'Amicis / Red Deer (Cervus elaphus) stag bachelor group during velvet season, resting on mountain meadow. Western Tatras, Slovakia, June.
Red Deer (Cervus elaphus) stag bellowing among Dwarf Pine (Pinus mugo) on mountain slope. Western Tatras, Slovakia, September.  -  Bruno D'Amicis
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Bruno D'Amicis / Red Deer (Cervus elaphus) stag bellowing among Dwarf Pine (Pinus mugo) on mountain slope. Western Tatras, Slovakia, September.
Coloured Rowan (Sorbus aucuparia) trees among Dwarf Pine (Pinus mugo) and Spruce (Picea abies) in a mountain glen. Western Tatras, Slovakia, September.  -  Bruno D'Amicis
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Bruno D'Amicis / Coloured Rowan (Sorbus aucuparia) trees among Dwarf Pine (Pinus mugo) and Spruce (Picea abies) in a mountain glen. Western Tatras, Slovakia, September.
Bistort (Persicaria bistorta) and mountain landscape in the Tomanova valley, Western Tatras, Slovakia  -  Bruno D'Amicis
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Bruno D'Amicis / Bistort (Persicaria bistorta) and mountain landscape in the Tomanova valley, Western Tatras, Slovakia
Pygmy Owl (Glaucidium passerinum) perched on top of a young Spruce (Picea abies). Western Tatras, Slovakia, April.  -  Bruno D'Amicis
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Bruno D'Amicis / Pygmy Owl (Glaucidium passerinum) perched on top of a young Spruce (Picea abies). Western Tatras, Slovakia, April.
Three-toed Woodpecker (Picoides trydactilus) pecking for Bark Beetle (Curculionidae). Western Tatras, Slovakia, April.  -  Bruno D'Amicis
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Bruno D'Amicis / Three-toed Woodpecker (Picoides trydactilus) pecking for Bark Beetle (Curculionidae). Western Tatras, Slovakia, April.
Male Tatra chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra tatrica), on rocky ridge and Arolla pines (Pinus cembra). Western Tatras, Slovakia. June 2009.  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / D'Amicis
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Wild Wonders of Europe / D'Amicis / Male Tatra chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra tatrica), on rocky ridge and Arolla pines (Pinus cembra). Western Tatras, Slovakia. June 2009.
Tatra Chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra tatrica) males chasing each other on steep slope during rut season. Endangered subspecies. Belianske Tatras, Slovakia, November.  -  Bruno D'Amicis
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Bruno D'Amicis / Tatra Chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra tatrica) males chasing each other on steep slope during rut season. Endangered subspecies. Belianske Tatras, Slovakia, November.
Tatra Chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra tatrica) female and kid foraging for food in snow. Endangered subspecies. Belianske Tatras, Slovakia, November.  -  Bruno D'Amicis
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Bruno D'Amicis / Tatra Chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra tatrica) female and kid foraging for food in snow. Endangered subspecies. Belianske Tatras, Slovakia, November.
Bog Bilberry (Vaccinium uliginosus) with morning dew. Western Tatras, Slovakia, August.  -  Bruno D'Amicis
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Bruno D'Amicis / Bog Bilberry (Vaccinium uliginosus) with morning dew. Western Tatras, Slovakia, August.
Solitary centuries-old Arolla Pine (Pinus cembra) in mountain valley above the timberline. Western Tatras, Slovakia, September.  -  Bruno D'Amicis
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Bruno D'Amicis / Solitary centuries-old Arolla Pine (Pinus cembra) in mountain valley above the timberline. Western Tatras, Slovakia, September.
Melting snow in mountain gully, Western Tatras, Carpathian Mountains, Slovakia, June 2009  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / D'Amicis
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Wild Wonders of Europe / D'Amicis / Melting snow in mountain gully, Western Tatras, Carpathian Mountains, Slovakia, June 2009
Frost and windblown snow on vegetation. Belianske Tatry, Slovakia, November.  -  Bruno D'Amicis
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Bruno D'Amicis / Frost and windblown snow on vegetation. Belianske Tatry, Slovakia, November.
European Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) cub running down snow-covered slope. Western Tatras, Slovakia, June.  -  Bruno D'Amicis
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Bruno D'Amicis / European Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) cub running down snow-covered slope. Western Tatras, Slovakia, June.
Female European brown bear (Ursus arctos) with two yearling cubs walking on snow field on mountain ridge, Western Tatras, Carpathian Mountains, Slovakia, June 2009  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / D'Amicis
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Wild Wonders of Europe / D'Amicis / Female European brown bear (Ursus arctos) with two yearling cubs walking on snow field on mountain ridge, Western Tatras, Carpathian Mountains, Slovakia, June 2009
Aerial view of the northern slope of Mount Krivn (2,495m) High Tatras, Carpathian Mountains, Slovakia, June 2009  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / D'Amicis
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Wild Wonders of Europe / D'Amicis / Aerial view of the northern slope of Mount Krivn (2,495m) High Tatras, Carpathian Mountains, Slovakia, June 2009
Aerial view of the High Tatras on the Carpathian Mountains, Slovakia-Poland border, Mount Gerlach (2,665m) in the distance, High Tatras, Carpathian Mountains, Slovakia, June 2009  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / D'Amicis
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Wild Wonders of Europe / D'Amicis / Aerial view of the High Tatras on the Carpathian Mountains, Slovakia-Poland border, Mount Gerlach (2,665m) in the distance, High Tatras, Carpathian Mountains, Slovakia, June 2009
Aerial view of the massif of Mount Gerlach (2,665m) the highest peak of the Tatras, High Tatras, Carpathian Mountains, Slovakia, June 2009  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / D'Amicis
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Wild Wonders of Europe / D'Amicis / Aerial view of the massif of Mount Gerlach (2,665m) the highest peak of the Tatras, High Tatras, Carpathian Mountains, Slovakia, June 2009
White Pasque (Pulsatilla alba) flowering on slope in the Liptovske kopi. Western Tatras, Slovakia, June 2009.  -  Bruno D'Amicis
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Bruno D'Amicis / White Pasque (Pulsatilla alba) flowering on slope in the Liptovske kopi. Western Tatras, Slovakia, June 2009.
Mountain stream with fallen trees crossing pristine forest, Kouprova valley, Western Tatras, Carpathian Mountains, Slovakia, June 2009  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / D'Amicis
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Wild Wonders of Europe / D'Amicis / Mountain stream with fallen trees crossing pristine forest, Kouprova valley, Western Tatras, Carpathian Mountains, Slovakia, June 2009
Adder (Vipera berus) pair mating. Western Tatras, Slovakia, May.  -  Bruno D'Amicis
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Bruno D'Amicis / Adder (Vipera berus) pair mating. Western Tatras, Slovakia, May.
Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) scavenges on a Red Deer (Cervus elaphus) fawn killed by wolves. Northern Slovakia, November.  -  Bruno D'Amicis
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Bruno D'Amicis / Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) scavenges on a Red Deer (Cervus elaphus) fawn killed by wolves. Northern Slovakia, November.
Pigmy Owl (Glaucidium passerinum) perching on a dead Spruce (Picea abies) branch. Western Tatras, Slovakia, April.  -  Bruno D'Amicis
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Bruno D'Amicis / Pigmy Owl (Glaucidium passerinum) perching on a dead Spruce (Picea abies) branch. Western Tatras, Slovakia, April.
Mountain slope with European Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) adult male visible at bottom. Western Tatras, Slovakia, September 2007.  -  Bruno D'Amicis
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Bruno D'Amicis / Mountain slope with European Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) adult male visible at bottom. Western Tatras, Slovakia, September 2007.
European Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) sow with cubs feeding on Blueberries (Vaccinium myrtillus) in a mountain meadow. Western Tatras, Slovakia, September.  -  Bruno D'Amicis
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Bruno D'Amicis / European Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) sow with cubs feeding on Blueberries (Vaccinium myrtillus) in a mountain meadow. Western Tatras, Slovakia, September.
Female European brown bear (Ursus arctos) emerging from Dwarf pines (Pinus mugo) in afternoon light, Western Tatras, Carpathian Mountains, Slovakia, June 2009  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / D'Amicis
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Wild Wonders of Europe / D'Amicis / Female European brown bear (Ursus arctos) emerging from Dwarf pines (Pinus mugo) in afternoon light, Western Tatras, Carpathian Mountains, Slovakia, June 2009
Female European brown bear (Ursus arctos) with two yearling cubs emerging from Dwarf pines (Pinus mugo) Western Tatras, Carpathian Mountains, Slovakia, June 2009  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / D'Amicis
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Wild Wonders of Europe / D'Amicis / Female European brown bear (Ursus arctos) with two yearling cubs emerging from Dwarf pines (Pinus mugo) Western Tatras, Carpathian Mountains, Slovakia, June 2009
Alarmed European Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) sow standing on hind legs, cub at her feet. Western Tatras, Slovakia, September.  -  Bruno D'Amicis
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Bruno D'Amicis / Alarmed European Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) sow standing on hind legs, cub at her feet. Western Tatras, Slovakia, September.
Sunset light on Mt. Zdiarska Vidla. Belianske Tatry, Slovakia, November 2007.  -  Bruno D'Amicis
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Bruno D'Amicis / Sunset light on Mt. Zdiarska Vidla. Belianske Tatry, Slovakia, November 2007.
Mount Krivan, the national symbol of Slovakia, and the Kouprova valley in fog at sunset. High Tatras, Slovakia, June 2009.  -  Bruno D'Amicis
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Bruno D'Amicis / Mount Krivan, the national symbol of Slovakia, and the Kouprova valley in fog at sunset. High Tatras, Slovakia, June 2009.
First snow on a peak seen through cloud in the Western Tatras. Slovakia, September 2008.  -  Bruno D'Amicis
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Bruno D'Amicis / First snow on a peak seen through cloud in the Western Tatras. Slovakia, September 2008.
Brocken spectre phenomenon on clouds at sunset, High Tatras, Carpathian Mountains, Slovakia, June 2009  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / D'Amicis
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Wild Wonders of Europe / D'Amicis / Brocken spectre phenomenon on clouds at sunset, High Tatras, Carpathian Mountains, Slovakia, June 2009
Bog Bilberry (Vaccinium uliginosum), Cowberry (Vaccinium vitisidaea) and Heather (Calluna vulgaris) in autumn. Western Tatras, Slovakia, August.  -  Bruno D'Amicis
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Bruno D'Amicis / Bog Bilberry (Vaccinium uliginosum), Cowberry (Vaccinium vitisidaea) and Heather (Calluna vulgaris) in autumn. Western Tatras, Slovakia, August.
Feltwort (Swertia perennis) among riparian vegetation. Western Tatras, Slovakia, July.  -  Bruno D'Amicis
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Bruno D'Amicis / Feltwort (Swertia perennis) among riparian vegetation. Western Tatras, Slovakia, July.
Visible differences between monospecific Spruce (Picea abies) forest affected by Bark Beetle (Curculionidae), and mixed forest (right), from a high perspective. West Tatras, Slovakia, September 2007.  -  Bruno D'Amicis
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Bruno D'Amicis / Visible differences between monospecific Spruce (Picea abies) forest affected by Bark Beetle (Curculionidae), and mixed forest (right), from a high perspective. West Tatras, Slovakia, September 2007.
European Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) sow with cubs feeding on spring grass on a mountain meadow. Western Tatras, Slovakia, June.  -  Bruno D'Amicis
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Bruno D'Amicis / European Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) sow with cubs feeding on spring grass on a mountain meadow. Western Tatras, Slovakia, June.
European Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) sow nursing two-year-old cub on mountain slope. Western Tatras, Slovakia, June.  -  Bruno D'Amicis
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Bruno D'Amicis / European Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) sow nursing two-year-old cub on mountain slope. Western Tatras, Slovakia, June.
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