Monday, June 6, 2011

River Tisza in Blossom

This weekend there will be one of the most interesting event in Szeged.
No, it is not the Open Air festival, not even a festival but in my opinion it is very special. In Hungarian we say Tisza in blossom although it has nothing to do with flowers or even plants.
Tiszavirag or Tisza flower is an animal which belongs to the order Ephemeroptera, it is a type of mayfly. They live for three years as nymphs in fresh water and after that they come to the surface and turn into insects. Males and females start their dances and after only a few hours they die.
Hungary is among the very few countries where you can observe this unique event as such a thing can only be seen on the river Tisza. It is spectacular because these mayflies appear in vast quantities over the river and you can see how they moult. You can even hold some of them during the process.
You can feel the special connection with nature and it is a perfect time to slow down a bit and think about our fast lives. It is always at the beginning of June and this year there are two special tours organised by Kiskunsag National Park from Szeged.
One of them to Martely where there is Tisza backwater and the other to Pusztaszer where you can go boating and watch the event ont he river. Those who go will have a memorable time. The tours are on 12th June, meeting in Szeged at Demasz boathouse or you can ask for information on this e-mail address:

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