A Day in the Country.
Today, driving from Lake Bled to our next location provided ample opportunity to stop along the way. I never know in advance where we will stop, today was no different, but each place was a delightful reprise from a long drive. Constantly we are reminded how much the Italians and the Slovenians share along these borders. Land sometimes switching back and forth from country to country.
Funny, no matter where you live it always looks better on the other side. Slovenia, formerly part of Yugoslavia, borders on Italy and they share many of the same cultural traits and habits. The food is wonderful, the locals friendly and helpful and they love to visit each other’s country for various reasons. Italians are all over Slovenia for the casinos, the cheap fuel and the lower real estate prices. The Slovenians are all over Italy for the culture, the vacation spots and of course commerce. Yet, this happy balance goes on for centuries even before Slovenia adopted her independence.
The natural bounties of the land have nourished residents for centuries and most local working farmers share easily. Today’s walk through a lush, green valley found us face to face with a local farmer and her cache, happy to share and show off the fruits of her land.
With the weather as it is, we have been very lucky. Rain brings dramatic skies and colors which make our work here so much nicer. Today was a good day for a bike ride. But really, the best weather for photography is after the rain has fallen and when the terrain is wet. Perfect in every way, comfortable to travel and surrounded by friends.
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.