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In Transit – Slovenia’s Brkini Hills

Facing northeast from Pregarje, just before sunset.

Facing northeast from Pregarje, just before sunset.

I tried to make a star trails photo tonight which turned out to be a miserable failure. But I did get to spend forty minutes staring at a clear naked sky –a true luxury for a city boy like me- so it was hardly a total loss.

I’ve been organizing, storing, packing and prepping for my upcoming trip at my grandmother’s (empty) house in Pregarje, a small village in southwestern Slovenia’s Brkini Hills. It’s a beautiful part of the country, just an hour from Ljubljana, and about 45 kilometers from both Koper on the Slovenian coast and the Croatian port city of Rijeka. Trieste is just 30 kilometers away as the crow flies, yet that bustle seems far removed from the small villages that dot these hills that now sit uncharacteristically snow-less. I’ve never seen an early January here without any traces of snow.

Village of Pregarje in Southwestern Slovenia. This view is facing east.

Village of Pregarje in Southwestern Slovenia. This view is facing east.

I’ll be here a couple more days before I return to Ljubljana to take care of some loose ends; I doubt I’ll have much time for photos or blogging until then, so a few photos from my roots are in order. These were all taken yesterday (Jan 5) just before, during and after sunset, from the top of Karlovec, a hill just above Pregarje. The first one below is of the Kamnik Alps, the same range I’ve posted pics of several times but as seen from Ljubljana. Here, illuminated by the day’s last light, they’re about 140 kilometers away.

The Kamnik Alps at sunset from a distance

The Kamnik Alps at sunset from a distance

And three shots capturing part of the spectacular light show. Enjoy!

Sunset, facing southwest from Pregarje in Slovenia's Brkini Hills.

Sunset, facing southwest from Pregarje in Slovenia’s Brkini Hills.

Sunset, facing southwest from the Brkini Hills.

Sunset, facing southwest from the Brkini Hills.

Sunset, facing southwest from the Brkini Hills.

Sunset, facing southwest from the Brkini Hills.

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4 Comments

  1. January 7, 2013 at 9:57 am — Reply

    Great capture of the colors in the sky. Personally I think these are better shots than a star trail photo anyway. Have a great trip.

    • January 7, 2013 at 10:26 am — Reply

      Thanks, and I agree. It was nice to at least take a few minutes (about 40 actually) to simply stare at the sky. I can’t remember the last time I did that. :)

  2. Anonymous
    January 7, 2013 at 3:04 pm — Reply

    Robi ,zelo lepi posnetki, hvala
    Sreco ti zeliva na 14.mesecni avanturi
    Mama in Ate

  3. Judy Peternel
    June 1, 2014 at 12:21 am — Reply

    Hi Bob

    like a lot of the photos you take and nice to know what’s happening over there. my family roots originate from Hrusica, Jesenice. all the photos from everywhere you travel are a wonderful daily snapshot around the world , thanks for sharing , judy

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