14 July 2014

Sunrise on Križna gora

Sunrises in the early summer - gotta love them. The sun rises so early you need to get up at an ungodly hour to make it to the destination in time. But, this time getting up at 3.45 was totally worth it. I met Luka on Križna gora hill above Škofja Loka around 4.45, and shortly after the heavenly show began. Let the photos do the talking:






































Sunrises like this make it all worth it. :)

18 April 2014

Purple carpets of crocuses on Velika planina

Every spring it's amazingly picturesque on my favorite mountain, Velika planina. Carpets of crocuses turn the pastures purple everywhere you look. A week ago my friends Luka and Andrej hiked there in the afternoon to catch the late afternoon light hoping for a nice sunset too. After shooting like crazy for a few hours we concluded the day with a hearty meal at the Domžalski dom hut.

Now let the photos tell the story:



Crocuses on Mala planina

Crocuses on Velika planina

Domžalski dom hut and crocuses on Velika planina

Crocuses on Velika planina

Crocuses on Velika planina

Chapel on Velika planina

Crocuses on Velika planina

Sunset on Velika planina

Crocuses on Velika planina in the late afternoon

Crocuses on Velika planina at sunset

Crocuses on Velika planina in the late afternoon

Clouds at sunset on Velika planina

Crocuses on Velika planina after sunset

Sunset colors reflecting in the windows of the Domžalski dom hut on Velika planina

Larger photos can be viewed here:
http://anapogacar.smugmug.com/PhotoJournal/2014/Crocuses-Velika-Apr-9-2014/

02 February 2014

Crazy sunset above the fog from Kamniški vrh

After the first serious snow of the season last week, I quickly climbed Kamniški vrh after work on Sunday. It was cloudy in the valley, but I didn't know how high the cloud cover was. It didn't look good from Bistričica, close to the starting point of the hike:
Looking towards Kamniški vrh from the valley was not promising as it was enveloped in fog.


Ten minutes later and 150 meters higher it looked better:



The village of Zakal on the opposite slope:



I rushed up, but I was heading towards a thick layer of fog:



One more look back before I entered the fog:
I was still under the cloud cover with no idea what it was like at the top.


At the saddle between Planjava and Kamniški vrh, I broke the fog, exhilarated with the light that awaited me!
First glimpse of the blue sky below the top of Kamniški vrh





Sunset mists below the top of Kamniški vrh


I literally screamed with joy :) then hurried to the top of Kamniški vrh:
Last few meters leading to the top of Kamniški vrh


The display below me changed every minute with the wind chasing the fog around the mountain tops:
Crazy sunset colors and mists from Kamniški vrh


Velika planina behind me was also bathing in the late afternoon sun:
Crazy sunset colors and mists around Velika planina from Kamniški vrh


Trees down below:
Crazy sunset colors and mists from Kamniški vrh


The sun was quickly dipping into the sea of fog:
Crazy sunset colors and mists from Kamniški vrh


After the sun disappeared, the clouds and light turned pink:
After sunset from the top of Kamniški vrh


After sunset from the top of Kamniški vrh


Pink Velika planina:
Velika planina after sunset from the top of Kamniški vrh


After sunset from the top of Kamniški vrh


I only had my small compact camera with me, but oh my, the light I saw on this climb was one of the most colorful I've ever experienced.

More photos here: http://anapogacar.smugmug.com/PhotoJournal/2014/Sunset-Kamniski-Jan-26-2014

24 November 2013

Misty sunset from above Kamnik

I often climb the Špica hill above Kamnik, especially in the late afternoon to get in a nice sunset on top of some exercise. :) One day in early November the so-so day turned into an amazing orange-purple misty sunset.


Kamnik Alps from Špica hill in the late afternoon


Kamnik Alps from Špica hill in the late afternoon


Kamnik Alps from Špica hill in the late afternoon


Views from Špica hill in the late afternoon: St. Ana church in Tunjice and Mt. Triglav in the background


Views from Špica hill at sunset with mists in the valley


Views of Kamnik from Špica hill at sunset with mists in the valley


A paraglider gliding into the sunset from Špica hill

With the paraglider gliding into the post-sunset valley, I packed my little camera and ran down the hill.

More photos can be seen here.