I am just back from a 30 KM hike up the mountains, I stayed last night in a lovely Lodge up the mountains, cost 15 PLN (aprox 3 pound or 4 Euro)per night another 5 PLN (1 pound or 1:50 Euro) That's the fist photo there.
The Beskid mountains Beskids, Poland are between Krakow and Zakopane and are kinda the foot hills of the Carpathian mountains.
There are many treks here, some harder than others. Most of this range is covered in forest, Deciduous and evergreen.
The observatory is brand new and was built on the burned remains of the original one. The Nazi Germans were defeated by pockets of resistance in the area, apparently 5 Nazis escaped and returned with thousand and they burned 2 villages and the observatory, everything except that telescope (maybe because it was made in Dresden, German). They took out the insides though. that telescope discovered two comets before any of that carry on.
There is a museum in the observatory now and it will be fully open (hopefully) in December but today for the first time in my life I saw the sun through the telescope.
Apparently there are still quite a few mass graves around from the wars.
The last pic there are of some Deciduous tree in there "Arms race" notice how they mostly do not have branches until the very top (canopy) that they are in a rush, with each other to be the tallest and therefore get the most sun, except the one in the middle of the photo which is in sunlight and therefore can "afford" to have branches all the way up, at least that is the way I see it.