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This image was taken in Ruse, Bulgaria.
I love roses and grew up surrounded by their beauty and magical fragrance in my hometown in Bulgaria.
"The Rose Valley (Bulgarian: Розова долина, Rozova dolina) is a region in Bulgaria located just south of the Balkan Mountains and the eastern part of the lower Sredna Gora chain to the south. Geologically, it consists of two river valleys, those of the Stryama to the west and the Tundzha to the east.
The valley is famous for its rose-growing industry which have been cultivated there for centuries, and which produces 85% of the world's rose oil. The centre of the rose oil industry is Kazanlak, while other towns of importance include Karlovo, Sopot, Kalofer and Pavel banya. Each year, festivals are held celebrating roses and rose oil.
The picking season lasts from May to June. During this period, the area gives off a pleasant scent and is covered with multi-coloured flowers. The gathering process, traditionally a woman's task, requires great dexterity and patience. The flowers are carefully cut one by one and laid in willow-baskets which are then sent to the distilleries."
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Bulgarian Rose oil is also known as "liquid gold". It requires 2-4,000 kg of Rose petals to make 1kg of Rose oil. There are over 7000 varieties of roses worldwide, yet only few are known as oil producing.
The Bulgarian Rosa Damascena, cultivated for over 300 years, is considered
to be the best oil-bearing rose renowned worldwide.
December 11th, 2012
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