January 2018 Trover Travel Scholarship

We are inspired every day by the beautiful discoveries you share with us. To honor the vibrancy and value that each of you brings to Trover, we created the $500 Trover Travel Scholarship. Each month, we award it to one traveler who has particularly inspired us with their photos and stories.

This month, we’re thrilled to award the Trover Travel Scholarship to Michaela Mala!

Trover Travel Scholarship Laurels - Michaela Mala

Who is Michaela Mala? She’s a UK-based travel photographer and explorer! Michaela shares “I was born in Prague, Czech Republic, but being a keen traveler, I have spent the last 25 years discovering the USA, Europe, and Britain. Five years ago, I was diagnosed with an immunity disorder that is impairing my eyesight, and that made me realize how much I take it for granted.” After buying her first DSLR last year, she now spends most of her free time traveling and photographing.

We’re totally wowed by the sun-soaked nature scenes, twilight tableaus and whimsical wildlife finds that Michaela captures and asked her to tell us about her favorite discoveries she’s shared with the Trover community! Take it away, Michaela…

Charles Bridge, Prague
I was born in the Czech Republic, and although I traveled and lived abroad for the last 25 years, Prague will always be my favorite city. The view of sunrise over the Charles Bridge and river Vltava will never cease to take my breath away.

Twilight photo of Charles Bridge

Prague, Czech Republic. Photo by Michaela Mala

Vyhlídka Máj, Czech Republic
The symphonic poem “Vltava” written by Bedrich Smetana has always been my favorite classical piece. When I visited Prague this fall, I knew I needed to see the landscape which inspired him to compose such an amazing piece of music.  I walked from one of the most beautiful views of the Vltava River called Maj (which you can find where the river Vltava turns into a horseshoe shape ) to another, called Smetana’s Lookout.  During the walk, I had to stop to take a photo of this magical forest.
Forest at golden hour

Krňany, Czech Republic. Photo by Michaela Mala

The Wildlife Trust of South & West Wales, Pembrokeshire, Wales
Skomer Island is a spectacular destination for any wildlife or geology lover. The island lies off the coast of Wales and is the largest of Pembrokeshire’s islands at around 730 acres. It’s a true wildlife paradise and has become one of the world’s most important habitats for nesting seabirds such as puffins, Manx shearwater, razorbills and guillemots who line the cliff tops and ledges around the island.

Closeup of Puffin with fish in its beak.

Pembrokeshire, Wales. Photo by Michaela Mala

Skomer has been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, and it is the first and only Marine Nature Reserve in Wales. The surrounding waters are rich in marine life, with a huge population of Atlantic grey seals, as well as porpoises, dolphins, and even whales. Seals can be seen hauled out on the rocks, basking in the sun all year round. The trip to Skomer has had an amazing impact on me, and I have signed up as one of the Wildlife Trust of South & West Wales volunteers on the island for 2018.

Green Bridge, Wales
Hidden away on the southwest tip of Wales, Pembrokeshire may be off the beaten track, yet it is a big Welsh star. With its rugged coastline, secluded beaches and breath-taking scenery, South Pembrokeshire is definitely one of the most beautiful and diverse coastal areas in the UK. The craggy cliffs provide a home for a huge variety of seabirds, and from the spring to the autumn, the path is a blaze of color with a myriad of wildflower species which flourish in the mild southwesterly breezes.

Pembrokeshire, Wales. Photo by Michaela Mala

The Green Bridge of Wales is a stunning example of Britain’s evolving coastline. The Green Bridge has been eroded from both sides of the small headland, which resulted in caves forming that eventually met to create the arch that is visible today.

Storm Ophelia caused some severe cliff falls in Pembrokeshire late last year, and one of the most spectacular rockfalls happened on the tip of the Green Bridge of Wales.

Barafundle Bay Beach, Wales
Barafundle Bay was once a relatively little-known gem of the Pembrokeshire Coast and although it has been voted one of the best beaches of the world, it remains fairly private. A broad stretch of golden sand flanked bypine-coveredd Carboniferous limestone headlands help add to the bay’s secluded feel. To the rear are gently sloping sand dunes while the sea here is crystal clear and generally calm.

Coastline with brick fence set against blue sky

Pembrokeshire, Wales. Photo by Michaela Mala

Follow Michaela on Trover to marvel at all of her spectacular discoveries and detailed travel tips. Keep an eye out for finds from upcoming adventures to the Isle of Skye and Iceland! You can also catch Michaela on Instagram. Thank you, Michaela, for sharing the world through your iris and for inspiring the Trover community. Enjoy the $500 for travel!


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