It was a beautiful Sunday, warm and sunny. It would be a shame to stay home, so I scanned a map for a possible destination. I wanted mountain views, and the closest place for this would be Velika planina, but I'd been there a thousand times so I decided to go to nearby Kašna planina instead.
After visiting the carthusian monastery at Žiče, I headed to Mt. Rogla and hiked to the Lovrenc lake plateau. The area is a high peat swampland and a few small lakes are only fed by precipitation as there is no groundwater. A nearby viewing tower is ideal to get a better idea what the place looks like from above.
Žiče Carthusian Monastery (Žička kartuzija) is situated near Slovenske Konjice in the Styrian part of Slovenia. It dates back to the twelfth century and is a very interesting place to visit. One sunny Saturday I explored the estate and the ruins with my camera.
Rakov Škocjan is a nature reserve in Slovenian karst region. Its spectacular formations are a truly remarkable sight. I explored the big and small natural bridges during the dry season, which means there was no water in the river bed and it was easier to walk around.
Our choir had a picnic and I had a chance to take photos of some of the children. When everybody played a game called The Fox Catches the Chicken, I practiced the technique known as "panning" where you set a long exposure time and try to follow the subject with your camera.