Former S-125 AA missile base. Slovakia

After seeing bits of this pop up online I thought I have got to have a little look at this site, so roll on a few months (about 12) and a drive across Europe to check it out we found ourself km at the bottom of a hill with a locked gate.


About 2km up a very nice relaxing steep hill we had made it to the 1st of the remains of the base and also into a hostile mosquito breeding frenzy.  Every 10 seconds I could feel another one biting me. We had 2 hrs to check it all out, walk back to the car and get into the city and pick up my wife and daughter.


So we just rumbled through all the woods and kept finding more and more underground buildings, tunnels and other structures all over the shot, so I just decided to photograph the stuff that interested me.


History wise there is not a great deal to on on other than ‘ Built in the early 1980’s, though originally conceived as a possible radar / SAM site as early as 1972.
It’s purpose was monitoring of air space over Bratislava and antiaircraft missiles were stored here.
Base was closed in mid-1990’



Bottom of the hill1A8A0178 1A8A0167-Edit 1A8A0169-Edit 1A8A0170-Edit 1A8A0173-Edit 1A8A0174-Edit

This tunnel entrance takes you into the back of the main large storage tunnels1A8A0163-Edit 1A8A0160-Edit 1A8A0162-Edit 1A8A0136 1A8A0145


There is somebody living in here, recently lit fire and his fags were just laying there with food and water, not  a bad crash pad I guess1A8A0138-Edit 1A8A0142 1A8A0149-Edit 1A8A0150 1A8A0151

Oh look. I found Ben1A8A0153 1A8A0154 1A8A0155


Hillbilly, Heron and Happisburgh

Decided as it was the school summer holidays to take Eliza out exploring and go have some fun with the cameras, also it was good to catch up with my mate Andy who I had not seen for a good few months. We headed to the Norfolk and Suffolk borders to start off with and check out two old farm houses and bits of a old WW2 airfield that had been left to rot away. After that we decided to head all the way up to the north Norfolk coast to Happisburgh to have a look at the old gun batteries and have a little dip in the sea. This was also a good opportunity to have a play around with the Cokin ND grad system and see how much fun I could have with the nice cloudy skies on what turned out to be a very nice sunny Norfolk afternoon.

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A Blue Bell wedding

Today I was asked if I could assist on my friends shoot, it was  model shoot deep in the woods, nothing odd like it is normally, but we were to be shooting a Bride and Groom in a staged shoot. So not very far out of Norwich, Norfolk we headed out to a nice bluebell custer that was not to far away. It was now the end of the season and the local deer had well and truly been squashing them all over the place. You could see the spots they had been rolling around in. The shoot was great fun and within two hours we had all the shots that we wanted, and I even managed to sneak in a couple of different shots for myself at the end too So it was then time to pack up and make a retreat back to the car, as we had to get the models dropped off as they had other places to be.


End of the day it was good fun to do something different, and nice to help a very good friend out with his work too, till next time.