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  • Bukumirsko jezero
  • Bukumirsko jezero
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In Lake Bukumir, only 40 km from Podgorica, the Tritorus montenegrinus, an endemic newt, still lives. Who is he?

A distant descendant of the dragon who used to come out of the water at nights and, according to the legend, frighten the Bukumirs, a non-Slavic tribe that wanted to live peacefully right here? Once upon a time they decided to fight for nighttime peace. They lit a large fire under the rocks. Then they threw the huge red-hot stones into the lake, the dragon's house. Its wings went on fire. It cursed the Bukumirs severely: when they can't get on with others, may they neither get on with themselves! And the national storyteller says that the curse fulfilled. 

The Bukumirs disappeared fighting among each other, like so many others. According to the legend, their grave is in the village Momonjevo, but actually this is a neolithic monument (broken sharp stones plunged into rocks). The name of the tribe and the lake refers to the Vlachs (and also to the Romanian capital, Bucurest), there were Vlach nomads in other parts of Montenegro also. In the mountains of Kučka krajina there used to be fights but also mixing between Albanian, Slavic and other tribes.

The lake is at 1.443 m above sea level. It is not too big; but deep. 210 m in length, 130 m in with, but as much as 17 m deep, more than enough for one or more dragons. We don't know if the dragons are "glacial", but Lake Bukumir is. The water is clear and chilly, there are water lilies, but it is lovely for a swim. There are a few marked paths from the lake to the summits of the surrounding mountains. It is possible to camp on the shore. Everything is like in a story here. The "set": dark green water, reed and newts in it, grass on the shore. Uphill, a valley formed by a glacier and morains. In the background, rocky giants and roofs of mountain huts. Night is also a night from a fairy tale. Stories about harmony, star tunes, beauty...

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