Rakov Škocjan is one of the most interesting natural sights in Notranjska region of Slovenia. It features Karst terrain and a River Rak which carved its way into the ground and out again in this area. Recently I photographed Rakov Škocjan when we had fresh snowfall. Here are the best photos and also some advice on how to photograph this area.
Rakov Škocjan is one of the oldest protected natural areas in Slovenia. Since 1949 it is part of a landscape park and treated as an important natural heritage. The name comes from River Rak and the ruined church of Saint Cantianus (Sveti Kancijan or Škocjan). The ruins of the church are still visible above the large natural bridge.
Where to photograph
The most interesting locations for photographers are Veliki naravni most (Large natural bridge) and Mali naravni most (Small natural bridge). These two places are my usual go-to spots for photography. The large bridge is much more impressive in its size but also less photogenic. One has to get the right water levels here to make the most out photography. It is very convenient to check out how it looks though – a couple of minutes walk from the road and you get the idea if worth shooting. The small natural bridge on the other hand offers more diverse photographic opportunities and one can photograph here in any weather conditions or water levels.
Besides these two spots there are many water sources and caves worth exploring. In fact, the best idea is to hike along the nature trail and explore the valley. Or bring a kayak/canoe and explore the River Rak. When flooded one can even kayak within the flooded forest!
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Photos of Rakov Škocjan
Here is one more photo that I took more than 10 years ago. I never had so beautiful winter conditions hereafter!
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