Recently I’ve seen a photo of Sveta Ana church that was new to me. The angle from where this photo was shot was different from all other photos of this well photographed church. Looking at the map, I guessed it must have been captured from Planinca or from the trail leading to it. So I decided to make a family hike there to scout the area.
Family trip to Planinca
The enjoyable hike took less than an hour and was perfect for my two boys. They were running around like two wild goatlings, enjoying lush forest and searching for beetles. When we arrived to Planinca we were charmed. An old farmhouse reminded us of times long gone. The little church of St Thomas was a perfect picnic place and the boys were pulling the rope of the church bell, making wishes. It turns out, Planinca is the place with the lovely view of St Ana church. When the sky is clear, Mt Triglav makes a perfect background. We could only see a hint of the mountain through the afternoon haze. We even made a side trip to Ledena jama (Ice cave) nearby. A day to remember!
Farmer Vinko and his cows
A couple of days later I returned to Planinca for photography. I hiked up from Jezero, to check out for alternative trails. When I arrived, I noticed that the farmer was herding cows back to the stable. I quickly got my camera out and started photographing. When cows were in, we started a conversation. Vinko and his wife Jana live at the farmhouse and own six adult cows (two are carrying), six calfs, a bunch of rabbits and two friendly dogs, Jaka and Luks. I was happy to see the cows healthy and clean. Vinko and Jana are both passionate and proud of their work and their animals. A modest, humble and beautiful life.
Photos of Planinca and St Ana Church
Later I hiked to Ledena jama again to make a few quick shots for Photohound. The sunset unfortunately did not happen as I would hope for, the sun sank into the haze and lost its strength and Julian Alps were not visible at all. Still it was a beautiful, tranquil evening so I just sat and listened to the bird song until the end of day. Another day to remember!