A heavy morning fog settles stubbornly in the valley near Lake Bohinj in northwest Slovenia.
This scene in the small village of Polje, just a few kilometers east of the lake and one of the borders of Slovenia’s Triglav National Park, is fairly typical in autumn’s morning hours in this part of the Julian Alps. The soundtrack on this morning included a smattering of tractors, some cars and several dozen cows. All were within a few dozen meters of me but nowhere to be seen – it was that thick.
More correctly, the area isn’t a valley per se, although many locals will insist it is. Rather, it’s the Bohinj Basin (kotlina in Slovenian), from which Lake Bohinj, the Sava Bohinjka River, the town of Bohinjska Bistrica, and the municipality of Bohinj, all get their name. And by default, the local tourism association, too.
The fog generally lifts by mid-morning, revealing some of the more attractive valley –er, basin– scenery in Slovenia’s Julian Alps.
For the record: today’s Pic du Jour, the site’s 1,003rd straight, was snapped near Polje, Slovenia, on 29 September 2016. If you missed the landmark #1,000, it’s here, taken a couple days earlier not too far from this same spot. But minus the fog.