Interesting that so few people have heard of this country; bordering Italy, Austria and Croatia, Slovenia is very much a part of Europe without a lot of the attention from tourists flocking to Rome or Paris find on their bucket list. But like all of Europe, it’s secrets are easily concealed, it’s beauty immediately obvious and the people gentle and friendly.
The eternal allure of Lake Bled lies in it’s magical lake, a shimmering body of crystal clear water, embraced by a neckline of snow-capped Alpine peaks. Atop the lake reigns Slovenia ‘s only island, crowned by a 15th-century chapel, while a mighty medieval castle high above the lake overlooks the entire area.
The Weather was overcast and drizzly, as you can see but that didn’t stop visitors from enjoying the surroundings. Ducks and tourists seemed oblivious to the rain as it restarted mid-dayThe Trees Sing
The Tress Sing
The rain left a sheen on the tree trunks and muddy footprints around the shore. Yet the lake had more to offer. Fall was beginning in earnest and trees began to pronounce the event as loud as they do, dropping reminders along the shore that Winter was on the way. I was excited to see how beautiful everything looks at this time of year, after the storm.
Evidence of that grew stronger as we wandered through the tiny boardwalks and paths surrounding the lake. The subtle details, the muted colors of fall are glowing as the mist slowly dissipates in the afternoon.
Finally, as night time rolled in slowly, we made our way to Bled Castle. Inside lies an ancient chapel, partially preserved to show both its age and grandeur despite its minimalist space. Some modern enhancements, like electricity don’t subtract from the natural charm; but do remind us of the times.
Note: All the above images were shot with my Sony A7rII with the Sony/Zeiss 16-35mm zoom lens, the Sony/Zeiss 24-240mm zoom lens and a 10 stop Neutral Density Filter. After shooting my images, I bring them into Adobe Lightroom for organization and light processing.