Sometimes a moment takes you by complete surprise. This evening was no exception. I was on a hike up to Smlednik Castle, just north of Ljubljana, Slovenia, with my family. From this viewpoint you get a fabulous panoramic view of the Kamnik Alps and Julian Alps. However, looking at the conditions I hadn’t expected much to happen. Even so, I have learned never to leave my camera in the car. A lesson learned the hard way in the past.
Well, thank god I had learned that lesson, because once at the top I was surprised to see the moon rising over the eastern edge of the Kamnik Alps. I quickly set up and captured a few close ups with some interesting cloud formations above it. But the real moment came just as the sun hit the horizon the cast a stream of lovely soft, warm light across the foot of the mountains.
I could see Tunjice church bathed in the golden glow along with other buildings nearby. Having shot from this area many times I already knew the lay of the land, and this interesting church. So I quickly pulled back and framed up this shot before that brief golden glow disappeared once and for all.
This is a moment that reminds you of how knowledge of a location really helps when a moment presents itself and you have to think fast.
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Suggested accommodation in Ljubljana
Grand Hotel Union: Right in the heart of the city, a stone’s throw from Preseren Square. This four star hotel has everything you need, including a business centre and underground parking.
B&B Hotel Park: The three star Hotel Park is also close to the centre. It is located in a historically protected building and was partially refurbished in 2017.
Best Western Hostel Slon: Ideally located on the main street, Slovenska Cesta, this four star hotel has a fitness centre, bar, garden and free WiFi, and is 600 metres from Ljubljana Castle and 90 metres from Ljubljana City Theatre.
Intercontinental: This five star hotel offers superb accommodation and also a great view from its rooftop cafe.
Ljubljana Resort Hotel and Camping: This resort lies on the outskirts of Ljubljana but just a 10 minute drive to the centre and also well connected by the public bus. As well as a hotel there is also a campsite and a Laguna pool complex with over 60 water effects, Ljubljana Resort is set in a 7-hectare big park.