Slovenia; Day 6 – Lake Bled

Lake Bled

I’m a sucker for a viewpoint, and it wouldn’t be a trip to Slovenia without a trip to Lake Bled (I guess?) so we hopped on the bus and off we went. We got off the bus and did the hike to this view point straight away.

Lake Bled

We got a bit lost near the top as it was in forest and not well sign posted, but we made it and the views were spot on. There were some of the steepest stairs ever on the way up, and getting back down them was super hard – I had to walk down the sideways because my feet were too big to fit on them. Pretty sure the gradient was like 120% (Or at least it felt like it)

Lake Bled

Lake Bled was nice, but not my cup of tea because it was quite busy. I was glad we’d not stopped there, as pretty as it was.

Sunset, Lake Bohinj

After tea there was another spot on sunset so I went down to Lake Bohinj and took some final sunset shots, as we were off early the next morning to make our flight.

Sunset, Lake Bohinj
Sunset, Lake Bohinj

Slovenia; Day 4 – Savica Waterfall and Pec

Stara Fužina

I the spirit of using the free Bohinj card as much as possible, we went on the bus to the waterfall at the other side of the lake.

Waterfall Savica

The waterfall was so powerful from the previous days rain that it was nigh on impossible to take a photo of it. It was funny because we got soaked trying!

View from Peč

We had an early tea and then hiked to Pec viewpoint for the sunset.

Slovenia; Day 1 – Predjama Castle

Predjama Castle

After a particularly long day of travel (Flight at 6am, which was delayed on the run way because someone had to be taken off the flight in an ambulance), then a rather super long coach trip through Austria to Slovenia, we were about ready to drop by the time we got to the hotel. We ate, had an ice cream and slept. The first full day as a trip to Predjama Castle, so it was an early start.

Predjama Castle

When we got back to the hotel (at Lake Bohinj) the sunset was top banana.

Lake Bohinj
Lake Bohinj

Austria; Drone footage

In Austria the drone laws are pretty strict; a drone is considered a toy if it produces less that 79 Joules of energy, and as such it doesn’t require a license. So I opted to take the Spark with me, as I would legally be able to fly it without paying for a license.

Austria; Day 6 – Inneralpach and Sunset

Sunset, Austria

The weather forecast said it was going to be nice and sunny. The weather forecast lied. We hired a ebike and set off for Inneralpbach, in the drizzle.

Inneralpbach, Austria

It alternated between rain, drizzle and brief periods of no wet drops coming from the sky. It took us about 2 hours to cycle up the mountain; well as far as we could really get before it got too snowy.

Inneralpbach, Austria

The ebikes really did make it easier, but I’m not much of fan of cycling really. Maybe I need some padded shorts or something to make the experience more enjoyable!

Inneralpbach, Austria
Inneralpbach, Austria

We got back to the hotel in time for afternoon snacks, then had a big nap. When we woke up the skies had cleared and the promised sun had come out. So I went out to grab some sunset shots.

Sunset, Austria
Sunset, Austria

Devon Day 4; Blackchurch Rock

Black church Rock

One of the main things I was looking forward to seeing whilst in Devon was Blackchurch Rock. I was looking forward to getting their at sunrise/sunset (depending on where the sun was) and getting some epic shots.

Black church Rock

Unfortunately the tides weren’t really on our side the week we were there, so I did the best I could which was get there a couple of hours before sunset and hope the tide wasn’t too far in.

Bluebells

The walk down was lovely, through a bluebell forest which little fairy bridges crossing over the stream. By this point we had been discussing if we were blubelled out. It turns out I wasn’t.

Mouthmill Beach

Even though the tide was coming it (Sunset was at 830, high tide at 10) I did manage to get some good shots, even if they weren’t the shots I was hoping for.

Black church Rock
Mouthmill Beach
Mouthmill Beach

New drone <3

Sunset

Whilst in Devon I flew my drone for the first time in a long while. I will admit I have always been a nervous flyer of my drone, but for whatever reason whilst I was in Devon I just kind of went for it in some places. I particularly don’t like flying it where there are people, but some of the places where we went it was just me and kB, so out it came.

Bluebells at Sunset

When we came back, I realised that part of the issue is that my drone is very much a “toy”. The range isn’t great, the controller connection to the drone becomes weak often and error messages appear… So after a bit of research I bought a new drone… Video below!

The Lake District – Day 2; Buttermere, Waterfalls and Derwent Water

Derwent Water Today I set my alarm for 645, and decided I would set off early, but not at sunrise. Buttermere

This decision was made on the basis that I wouldn’t be able to see sunrise because of the mountains anyway. When I woke up the sky was a lovely shade of purple/pink, so I was a bit annoyed! Never the less I set off whilst the sun was just below the mountain line and headed for Buttermere; the plan being I would shoot the trees as the sun hit them over the mountain, then walk to Scale Force waterfall.ButtermereWhen I got to Buttermere there were quite a few other photographers there. I set up shop and ended up being there for about an hour. The sun looked promising as it peaked above the mountain, but the higher it got it ended up being hidden behind cloud. Buttermere

At 9am I decided to move on and do the walk to Scale Force. I would rate this walk as “too much bog for the waterfall”. The waterfall itself was a bit disappointing, especially when considering how mucky I got walking to it.

Scale Force I think the most disappointing part of the walk, was the bit where I went up to see the top part of the waterfall. Loads of steep steps, and not a lot there when I got there. However the views over the lake from here were spot on. Buttermere

It was a nice walk (apart from the mud/boggy parts), just not a great waterfall.

Buttermere By this point, I’d walked 40k odd steps and up 300 flights of stairs, and I was getting a bit tired. I stopped it at a cafe at the start/end of the walk and bought a ham and tomato baguette. I’m not sure if I was just mega hungry, or if it genuinely was the best baguette ever, but I really enjoyed it. Derwent Water

I came back to the cottage for an hour and a half, and then went back out to see if I could get on the jetty that I couldn’t get on yesterday.

Derwent Water When I first got there there were loads of photographers around it, so I went off and did my own thing. On my way back there were only 2 photographers left so I joined them and got my shots. Derwent Water

One of the photographers who was there was local and said that the jetty on the other side of the lake is much better, so I’ve had a look and it’s a 20 minute walk from where I am staying so I’ve added that to tomorrows agenda.

Derwent Water Not sure what to do tomorrow, as the weather looks a bit pants on the forecast, but then didn’t look that bad on the BBC forecast on the TV so I guess I will go to the jetty in the morning and play the afternoon by ear. I was supposed to go to Helvellyn, but I don’t much fancy that if it’s chucking it down. I’ve also not managed to get to Ullswater yet either, so I have options. Derwent Water

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