Happy New Year! It’s time to share my best photos of Slovenia again. This has become a traditional post, check out previous years. Here you will find a collection of my favourite shots with short stories how and where they were taken. I hope you will enjoy these images. Some of them I am sharing here for the first time! Let’s begin!
Photos of Spring
Every year I like to visit Ljubljana marshes to photograph these beautiful flowers. It is getting harder and harder to find unique photos though 🙂 This year I photographed at sunset and used my new 100-400mm telephoto lens to compress the scene. The most difficult thing was to get as low as possible to align the flower and the sun.
Kozjansko is a new discovery for me. My first visit this year was in Spring for the blossom season. The region is just beautiful, a nice mix of traditional rural landscapes, old villages and rolling hills with great views.
Another beautiful region to visit for blossom season is Goriška Brda. This is Slovenia’s most famous wine region and it has become world famous with its excellent wines. Among locals, it is also known for cherries. And cherry blossoms season it is one of the best times to visit.
Rakov Škocjan is another natural gem where I like to come back often. In spring, there is usually plenty of water, sometimes the river floods the fields and forest, sometimes it is almost dry. This year it was unusually low water due to dry winter. Just enough to get this nice little stream meandering through rock and forest.
One of the biggest natural spectacles in Slovenia is the daffodils blossom season in Karavanke. Daffodils have become a symbol of Jesenice and its people. One can see why – the whole hillsides turn white – only this time not because of snow! With increasing number of visitors it becomes more and more important how we behave and protect these delicate flowers.
Photos of Summer
This hidden waterfall is one of my favourites of Slovenia. It is less known because of its difficult access. It takes some climbing over boulders, scrambling over steep terrain and wading in ice cold water to reach it. This makes all the fun though! Thanks to Amadeja for posing.
In Summer I climbed Mt Prisojnik via the natural window. This is one of the most scenic ferrata climbs ini Slovenia. I waited for sunset on top of the mountain, then headed back to Vršič pass. In this photos, one can see Mt Razor and Mt Triglav behind it.
Another amazing climb in Julian Alps is Mt Mangart via Slovenska trail. This is again a moderate ferrata with iron ropes and cobs and incredibly scenic climb all the way. Mt Mangart is again, one of the most scenic peaks of Slovenia. From the top, one can see all the peaks of Julian Alps and far beyond.
Photos of Autumn
Sveti Tomaž church (St Thomas) is one of the most photographed locations in Slovenia. For a good reason. The scenery here is idyllic and with good weather conditions the fairytale photos are guaranteed.
An autumnal detail from Vintgar Gorge. This place is a heaven for photographers and I like to bring my photo workshop groups here. This is my favourite shot from this year’s trip. I might print this shot for my home…
In summer I photographed a sunset from top of this mountain. This time I returned with my photo workshop group and we had fabulous conditions for sunset. We did not climb the peak but an easy accessible ridge with amazing 360 views.
A cool shot of a larch tree from the Valley of the seven lakes, Triglav national park. Sometimes we need to have our eyes open and look up 🙂 Here are my favourite places to photograph in Autumn in Triglav national park.
This little church of Sveti Jernej at Zminec is a new location for me. I visited it five times this year until I was lucky with the mists.
This old castle in the Southeast Slovenia is one of my favourites. It’s neglected and it still has this old authentic feel when you visit it. But also its location makes is worthwhile a visit. Autumn often delivers low clouds and the castle feels even more mystic.
Šmarna Gora is one of the most popular hiking spots in Ljubljana. Often, when the city is covered with a layer of fog, Šmarna Gora basks in the sun. So was this morning. Except I was above Škofja Loka and enjoyed this lovely view…
Late Autumn at Karst. Štanjel town is basking in the last sun of the day while full moon is rising in the background.
Photos of Winter
A sunrise at Lake Cerknica. This is a special place for me. I love to come back at different times of year and different weather conditions. The lake surface varies and this time the water levels beneath the ice dropped which caused the ice layer to collapse. Check out my vlog to see how Lake Cerknica looks like on summer morning.
This telephoto shot is quite difficult to get. The problem is visibility which has to be excellent. I have visited this spot near Bukov Vrh several times with no luck. But this time it all came together. The light, the visibility, the mists and fresh snowfall.
I have walked past this little church numerous times. It is located along my favourite trail to Grmada where I hike to keep myself fit. This time I was driving home from another location and observing fog situation I tried my luck with this church. It was almost midday but soft sunlight through the fog created this gentle atmosphere – a perfect winter fairytale shot!
My last photo is again from Kozjansko. I was invited to photograph Furež (also Koline, a traditional pig slaughter day – story comes soon to this blog) and on the way there I noticed the two churches of Tinsko on top of the hill.
My Best Photos of Slovenia in 2022 – Conclusion
This year was photographically very productive for me. I travelled a lot, to Italy, Croatia, Serbia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Greece. Most of the prime time for photography I was abroad. Looking at my portfolio of Slovenia photos, I still managed to get some wonderful photos this year. I am grateful to all my friends, photographers who joined me on my journeys, to my workshop clients who allow me to make a living with photography and to my family for their support and patience. Without all of you, I wouldn’t be able to share these images here! I hope to meet you all again in 2023 and I wish you all happy New Year!
“Best of the year” collections from 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2015 and 2014.