as promised here are the sightseeing pictures that I made last weekend when I visited beautiful Slovenia for my workshop at Tomaz Kovsca International Bonsai School “TORA”. All pictures are made with a 20-year-old low-pixel camera so they are not up to the level of my usual photos…but I still hope you enjoy the images of the sometimes breathtaking nature and old villages?! That I had brought along this old one with me turned out to be a good idea, because I fell down twice on the very steep mountainside where I shot the first pictures that I am about to show you! 😎
These first pictures are made in the very old village Škofja Loka, which was first mentioned in 973 A.D.
Below: views from the bridge over which you enter the ancient village.
Below: very old preserved wall paintings everywhere and a beautiful old tree. And on the right bottom: a not-so-old Tomaz! 🙂
Below: our first mountain stop with beautiful scenery just before it started to rain.
Below: A stunning example of a real-size Literati Sylvestris Pine!
Below: And a real-life example of how we should shape our branches on a Literati Bonsai!
Below: Through the branches of this ancient Linden tree you can just make out that at the end of this winding path on the top of this hill lies a church! It is named Sv. Primož in Felicijan at Jamnik (Saints Primus and Felician) dates from 1501. Tomaz told me that in the olden days people (even Christians) worshipped Linden trees…that makes this a very old tree! It was very spiritual to walk up this path in the footsteps of so many that went before me!
Below: it must have taken many centuries for these two branches in love to reach each other, but now they are looked into their kiss forever!
Below: only a good friend could capture a moment like this in this way!
Below: are views from that top.
Below: is one of the many emerald-green rivers that we came across during our trip!
Below: The beautiful Lake Bohinj is unlike the more famous Lake Bled unspoiled by hotels, bars and mass tourism! It was breathtakingly beautiful and it charged us for the upcoming workshop that afternoon!
I hope you all enjoyed this little impression of just a few hours of driving through this beautiful country?! I can’t wait to revisit it next May to see more amazing places and spend more time with some of the friendliest folks I have ever met!
Hans van Meer.