09 November 2009

Fall colors around Gorenjska

All Saints' Day was the last sunny and warm fall day. Luckily I decided to spend it driving around and taking photos instead of staying at home. I didn't really have a plan, so first I just explored some of the backroads around Dovje.

Above Dovje you can see straight into the Vrata valley.

The gravel road ascended for quite a while until I reached a clearing in the forest.

It was unbelievably warm and the sky was deep blue.

The entrance into the three valleys of Krma, Kot and Vrata was directly in front of me.

Then I quickly headed to Kranjska Gora and stopped at Lake Jasna.

Backlit tree at Lake Jasna.

The only thing I really wanted to see that day was golden larches on the Vrsic road. Hurriedly I pulled over to take a photo of the Krnica valley ...

... and magnificent Škrlatica.

With minutes to spare I reached my favorite spot with a very scenic larch forest.

While I was running around, trying to find the best vantage point, the sun was about to set behind the mountain.

One more look at the larches and off I was.

I didn't even stop at the Vrsic pass. Instead my next stop was a couple of kilometers down the Trenta road. There is a viewing platform offering great vistas of the surrounding mountains.

Again, I was late for the next destination. The sun had just disappeared behind the mountains, which cast a shade over Zelenci.

Time to move to the sunny side of the mountains. Not knowing exactly where to go, I had a look at the map and chose another gravel road above Podkoren.

The road slowly climbed the southern slopes of Karavanke, offering nice views of the valley below.

Every time the forest thinned I stopped to take photos. The whole slope exploded in fiery orange.

Kranjska Gora below me.
I reached a clearing just in time for sunset.

Last sun rays.

On the way back down to the valley there were more photos to be taken.

Only the peaks were illuminated by the sun as I made my way down.

Considering the fact that there was no plan and I had no idea where I was going, the end result exceeded my expectations. The fall colors were really crazy and it seems that day was the last chance to photograph them, at least at higher altitudes. The following day it snowed. ;)

More photos here.

14 comments:

Tomaž said...

A je sploh potrebno zapisati, kako čudovite so fotke?!

Kaj, če bi ti počasi spravila material skupaj za kakšno knjigo? ;)

Pika said...

Ja, Ana...v tej noči brez spanja se znova srečam s tvojimi fotografijami. V celoti se strinjam s Tomažem. Nima smisla več govoriti o tvojih fotografijah. Tako tople so (ne samo zaradi jesenskih barv). Naredi že to knjigo, prosim. In v veliko čast mi bo, če bom dobila tvoj avtogram na njeni predstavitvi.... torej ...čakam.
Drugače...moj zgodnjo jesenski izlet, na katerem sem pisala tudi na blogu, če se spomniš. Vrnila si me na tiste čudovite poti. Kar melanholična sem postala. Zaradi vse lepote, ki je bila na poti, in jo želim obdržati v sebi, tudi s fotografijo, pa vem, da to ne gre. In ustavljala si se točno tam na poti na Vršič (tisti čudoviti macesni; vsaj mislim, da so macesni); Jasna, Zelenci... ah, že vem, da grem takoj spomladi spet nazaj... hvala. Kaj naj rečem drugega? Vse besede so premalo... Lepo bodi.

Anonymous said...

Ana, your photos are so beautiful that sometimes I hold my breath while looking at them. I am from Austria but live far away from home in Canada now. Your photos always make me homesick.

I had the good fortune to visit Slovenia in summer 2009 and fell in love with your wonderful country. You are truly lucky to live there. I will be back!

Best wishes,
Trudy (Edmonton, Alberta)

Aleš said...

Ana, res super. Ko boš prebrala moj mail, boš mogoče mislila, da me je Tomažev komentar prehitel, ampak mail sem napisal minuto pred tem, ko sem šel na tvoj blog in videl, da ti je tudi Tomaž predlagal knjigo. Ne morem verjeti.
Skratka, tvoje fotografije so enostavno preveč lepe, da bi se jih videlo le na internetu.
4 in 11 sta tako dobri, da ti res vzame sapo.
A veš kaj sem si jaz pred leti dejal, ko sem se začel ukvarjati s fotografijo? Če mi bo uspelo kdaj narediti res tako dobro naravoslovno fotografijo, da bi celo dobila kakšno nagrado, bom izkupiček od tega namenil za področje varovanja narave in ne za lasten žep. To dolgujem tej čudoviti naravi Slovenije.

Sandi said...

Brez besed... ne najdem pravih pridevnikov, s katerimi bi lahko opisal to lepoto... Sedaj pa hribe že res močno pogrešam :)

Ana said...

@Tomaž: hvala! :) Ojoj, knjiga? Že z izborom fotk za objave imam težave, kaj šele, če bi jih morala izbrati za knjigo. ;)

@Pika: seveda se spomnim tistega tvojega izleta, in prav tega sem si hotela še nekajkrat ogledati na tvojem blogu. Upam, da si premisliš in začneš spet objavljati. :)

@Trudy: thanks, it's good to know people from different parts of the world follow my blog. :) You're right, Slovenia is a beautiful place, but I'm sure Alberta is just as scenic.

@Aleš: uf, zdaj mi bodo vsi superlativi že v glavo stopili. Hvala. ;) Na zapisano v mailu ti odgovorim tam. Glede nagrad pa: zelo plemenito od tebe. Res je naša narava čudovita, ampak ujeti pravi trenutek, pravi prizor, pravo svetlobo je tudi dosežek fotografa, za kar si mirne duše lahko lasti zasluge. Sicer pa - ali kaj pošiljaš fotografije na natečaje?

@Sandi: upam, da najdeš čas za naše hribe, preden odfrčiš na jug. Držim pesti zate za četrtkov izpit! :)

andrejV said...

Joj, sele zdaj vidim, kaj sem zamudil...nore scene doma, js pa gledam tale beton vsak dan tu :(
Nore slike Ana, spet...mojstrica landscape fotografije si!! Klanjam se!

Tomaž said...

On second thought... V bistvu mi ni do tega, da bi gledal knjigo. Kaj če bi ti kar (fotografske) izlete organizirala? :)

Ana said...

@Andrej: thx! Teh norih scen ni več, zdaj so hribi zasneženi. :)))

@Tomaž: hehehe, a se ti ne zdi, da gre na take izlete res lahko prav vsak, in za to ne potrebuje mene? Saj tudi jaz enostavno vzamem v roke zemljevid in raziskujem na slepo. ;)

andrejV said...

http://anapogacar.com/journal/albums/album911/G42-3Zelenci-232-Hpm.jpg

http://anapogacar.com/journal/albums/album911/G17-2Vrsic-113.jpg

Ana, kje je to? Zelo je lepo tam, ampak zal sam ne vem kje je to...mi lahko prosim izdas skrivnost? :D

Ana said...

Prva fotka je z Zelencev, izvira Save Dolinke med Ratečami in Podkorenom, druga pa z jezera Jasna pri Kranjski Gori ob poti proti Vršiču. Krasni kraji. ;)

Tomaž said...

No, pa sem šel. :)

Mišolovka said...

Ravno danes tam pohajkovala... jesen se prebuja :) Še mal, pa bodo podobne fotke tudi moje oči ozrle :)

Lepo!

Bostjan85 said...

lahko samo rečem vau