World Travel Tales

Dragon Bridge, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Smoking Dragon

Only the coolest cities in the world have a dragon as their mascot.

I captured this photo of the famous dragon bridge in Ljubljana on a cool day when the chimneys in the background had wood smoke coming out of them, giving the effect of smoke blowing out the nostrils of the dragon.

Location: Dragon Bridge, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Camera: Nikon D300 with 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 lens.
Settings: ISO 1000, 1/640 sec at f/5.6.

Julian Alps, Northern Slovenia

Kamniško Sedlo

With a small group of friends, I hiked up to Kamniško Sedlo for some great views of the rugged Julian Alps. We spent some time lounging around in the warm sunshine and enjoying some traditional food at the lodge, but before we could retreat the few hours back to our waiting cars, an afternoon storm blew in and poured heavy, cold rain all around us.

This might not have been a problem, except that between us we only had a few euros to spend for food and lodging for the unexpected night out in the hills. The extremely generous hosts at the lodge offered us complimentary beds and breakfast so we wouldn't risk hiking out in these cold conditions with inadequate gear.

We hiked out the next morning in much drier conditions, feeling well rested and with full bellies.

Location: Julian Alps, Northern Slovenia

Camera: Nikon D300 with 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 lens.
Settings: ISO 200, 1/320 sec at f/8.

Slovenia

Kayaking on Glass

I've said it before and I'll say it again - Slovenia has the most beautiful rivers in the world.

These kayakers are treated to some calm water in between incredible stretches of whitewater on this pristine mountain river.

Location: Slovenia

Camera: Nikon D300 with 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 lens.
Settings: ISO 200, 1/160 sec at f/8.

Solkan, near Nova Gorica, Slovenia

Solkan Bridge

The Solkan Bridge (Solkanski most) is made of stone blocks and crosses over the beautiful Soča River.

It is the longest stone bridge in the world with an overall length of 219.7 meters and also has the largest single span of any stone bridge in the world at 85 meters.

The original bridge was built between 1904 and 1905 and was officially opened for rail traffic in 1906. But during the First World War the bridge was destroyed to prevent the invading forces from using it. It was rebuilt in a very similar fashion starting in 1925 for a re-opening in 1927, and this is the bridge that still stands today.

The bridge was also a target in the Second World War, but suffered only minimal damage from bomb attacks and was able to be repaired. The most significant of the bomb attacks was a direct hit, but luckily the bomb (that surely would have destroyed the bridge) didn't explode.

Location: Solkan, near Nova Gorica, Slovenia

Camera: Nikon D300 with 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 lens.
Settings: ISO 250, 1/50 sec at f/8.

The Gorenjska region, Slovenia

Savica Waterfall

This waterfall is a karst spring fed by water from the Seven Triglav Lakes Valley and eventually flows into Bohinj Lake.

Location: The Gorenjska region, Slovenia

Camera: Nikon D300 with 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 lens.
Settings: ISO 800, 1/8 sec at f/11.

Otočec, Slovenia

Rock Otočec Mud Pit

At an annual music festival called Rock Otočec there's a legendary mud pit that festival goers can crawl around in to cool off from the summer heat.

Location: Otočec, Slovenia

Camera: Nikon D300 with 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 lens.
Settings: ISO 500, 1/400 sec at f/10.

Kanal ob Soči, Slovenia

Kanal ob Soči

The town of Kanal and it's very photogenic bridge lie in the middle of the Soča river valley. The bridge is 17 meters tall and every summer hosts a diving competition where brave contestants flip, spin, and splash into the cold Soča water.

If I recall correctly, a stunt plane actually flew under the bridge one year. But maybe I'm making that up...

Location: Kanal ob Soči, Slovenia

Camera: Nikon D300 with 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 lens.
Settings: ISO 250, 1/125 sec at f/6.3.

Bohinj Basin in the Julian Alps, Northwestern Slovenia

Bohinj Pastures

The free-range cattle graze in the open pastures of the Bohinj Basin.

Location: Bohinj Basin in the Julian Alps, Northwestern Slovenia

Camera: Nikon D300 with 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 lens.
Settings: ISO 1000, 1/500 sec at f/8.

Bohinj Basin

Bohinj Backcountry

The Bohinj Basin lies in the Julian Alps in Northwestern Slovenia, and is an outdoor activity paradise.

The water in the lakes and rivers is undoubtedly some of the clearest fresh water in the world, and the rivers feature fantastic whitewater stretches to thrill kayakers looking for an adrenalin rush.

The hut-to-hut hiking is really convenient for trekkers who wish to carry a light pack and have hot traditional Slovenian meals and a fresh bed to sleep in after a long day of sight-seeing.

Location: Bohinj Basin

Camera: Nikon D300 with 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 lens.
Settings: ISO 800, 1/40 sec at f/8.

Bled, Slovenia

Bled Island

Maybe you've seen Bled Island in a thousand photos, but I just can't resist posting this photo. Lake Bled is a jewel of Europe and one of Slovenia's most visited tourist locations.

Location: Bled, Slovenia

Camera: Nikon D300 with 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 lens.
Settings: ISO 200, 1/100 sec at f/5.3.