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35 Minutes in Slovenia’s Pokljuka Plateau Forest

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35 Minutes in Slovenia’s Pokljuka Plateau Forest

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My parents are visiting Slovenia at the moment, and it’s been a blast taking short road trips around the country together discovering and exploring areas of the country none of us have seen. Excursions both nostalgic and new.

On Tuesday we made our way from the Lake Bohinj valley towards Pokljuka, a high altitude forested plateau located in the Julian Alps of northwestern Slovenia.

It’s a beautiful drive, about 20 kilometers one way, along steep narrow ascending roads through villages with names like Jereka, Podjelje and Goreljek. There are nameless settlements too, where small handfuls of houses seemingly cling to impossibly well-manicured mountainsides.

Village of Jereka from Podjelje, Slovenia

Village of Jereka from Podjelje, Slovenia

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Slovenia’s Julian Alps at Twilight – Pic du Jour #1000

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This is a view from the village of Polje, Slovenia, to the northwest towards the Julian Alps shot just before sunset merged into twilight the night before last, Piran Café’s 1,000th straight (!) Pic du Jour.

It’s not my favorite of the images I’ve posted here every day since January 3, 2014, but it will remain memorable for the experience the technique afforded me.

Shooting a string of about a dozen long exposures –some, like this one lasting more than more than three minutes– allowed the pleasure of watching the gently shifting clouds roll off and around the mountain peaks as the natural illumination gently shifted just as quickly and casually. Seeing not through the narrow confines of a viewfinder, but standing upright, savoring the moments, breathing it all in — with the cows coming home the scene’s sole soundtrack.

There wasn’t enough variety of color during the sunset to make the kind of image I was hoping would emerge, but I’ll take it. Anytime I’m able to spend 48 or so hours in and around Slovenia’s Lake Bohinj area is a blessing. It’s my favorite corner of Slovenia, one that provides ample evidence to make this quote by poet Gary Snyder ring true (at least to me): Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.

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Hello & Welcome!

I'm Bob Ramsak, a reporter, photographer and blogger driven by a lust for travel, art, culture and justice. I have a goal to visit all 195 countries recognized by the UN and then open a small cafe in a quiet seaside setting.

Piran Café is that destination.

In the meantime, Piran Café, occupying this space on the web since 2006, is my notebook, an ever-evolving collection of experiences, moments, images, reactions and vignettes, both long-form and short, connected and propelled by those primary passions and published here to inform, inspire, entertain and engage.

I'm based between Cleveland, Ohio, USA and Ljubljana, Slovenia, a city set in the heart of Europe and whose name few can pronounce.

Thanks for visiting. Hope to see you tomorrow, too.


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