These were taken during a quick early evening bike ride around part of Ljubljana‘s Moors, or Barje Regional Park. I really liked the way the light hit the scene above.
Yesterday the news daily Delo published a breakdown of budgets –and budget cuts– for Slovenia’s nine national and regional parks: in 2011 the budget was €4.55 million, this year just over €3.86 million. Specifically for the Ljubljana Moors/Marsh Regional Park, the 2012 budget is €176,905, down 18 percent from last year’s €215,045. Currently a staff of three is looking after the 140+ square kilometer park, the southernmost wetland in Europe. Adding salt to the wound is a shortfall of just €33,796 that the government has to come up with to secure some EU funding for several projects.
Today I saw a little brown fox, a shy, clumsy fawn, and at least two dozen different birds. And not one of the three rangers.