As you probably know, I took off for Jordan in early October for a 10-day trip with Visit Jordan. As that trip finished, I flew to Europe and jumped a train to Lake Bled, Slovenia, to meet @IvanThorPhoto. Ivan and I have known each other since college in Victoria, British Columbia. We decided to begin an annual photography road trip three years ago, visiting Iceland for two weeks. Last fall, we drove across Scotland. This year, we ultimately decided on Slovenia and Croatia.
As soon as I landed in Frankfurt, on Oct 10, I jumped a train and began the long journey across Germany and Austria, before finally arriving in Lake Bled, Slovenia, at sunset. The following morning, Ivan and I hit the road and started photographing our way across the northern Balkans. In Slovenia, we visited Lake Bled, Lake Bohinj and Ljubljana, while stopping in both Plitvice National Park and Rovinj in Croatia.
Once again, bad weather defined our trip and I accepted the majority of the blame. Ivan had spent a week prior to my arrival in Slovenia, enjoying summer-like weather. When I arrived, I brought heavy rains that stuck with us in both countries.
But something funny happened when Ivan headed for home. The weather improved varying between foggy mornings, moody afternoons and a few days of stunning sunshine. I ended up spending an additional week in Slovenia, returning to both Lake Bled and Bohinj, exploring Triglav National Park, the Soca Valley, and a quick run through wine country near South Styria, Austria. By the time I boarded the train for Austria, I’d fallen in love with Slovenia. I have little doubt I’ll return in the future.
Moody skies above Lake Bled, Slovenia
I’ll have dozens of images to share from the northern Balkans, but I’ll begin with my favourites from Lake Bled, Slovenia, simply because it’s a classic location high on every landscape photographer’s bucket list. I couldn’t be happier with my final images.