Sunday, May 31, 2009

Mirogoj Cemetery - Zagreb, Croatia

The city cemetery in Zagreb (Gradska Groblja, Zagreb), Mirogoj is possibly the most fascinating and peaceful cemetery I've ever visited...and I've visited a lot of them! It is basically an outdoor sculpture garden. It was a cold (for late May) gloomy and misty late afternoon, but the birds were singing their hearts out. Outside of the birds, it was extremely quiet. I took over 100 photos and I barely saw 10% of the cemetery.

The Vine Covered Arcades - Mirogoj, Zagreb





Angel - Mirogoj, Zagreb





The Miletić Tomb, Rudolf Valdec's Angel of Death - Mirogoj, Zagreb





"Mourning" The Matko Family Grave - Mirogoj, Zagreb


The Roman Bridge

I continue to fall further and further behind with processing my photos. Here's a snapshot I took last weekend when Elesa and I took Sophie and Maya to Vrelo Bosna to let them run around a bit. The "Roman Bridge" (Rimski Most) is really Ottoman dating from the 16th century. It is the symbolic western edge of Sarajevo.

Roman Bridge - Sarajevo, Bosnia


Saturday, May 23, 2009

more Nacionalni Park Plitvička Jezera

I'm still wading through photos from Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia in what spare time I have. Once I catch up, I think I will put a link to individual slideshows for all my various wanderings on the sidebar of the blog. In the meantime, here is a short sample of some more Plitvice photos.

Reflection - Nacionalni Park Plitvička Jezera, Hrvatska




Dripping off the Tufa - Nacionalni Park Plitvička Jezera, Hrvatska




Wooden Path - Nacionalni Park Plitvička Jezera, Hrvatska


Monday, May 18, 2009

Nacionalni Park Plitvička Jezera

I'm starting to work my way through the photos from Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia. I took a lot and the place is so amazing, that I am having troubles choosing. Even after skipping past the 90% that are boring or messed up, I still have heaps to choose from. Plitvice is on the UNESCO World Heritage list for good reason

UNESCO World Heritage - Nacionalni Park Plitvička Jezera, Hrvatska




Clear Emerald Water - Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia


Sunday, May 17, 2009

Catching Up - The Montenegro Trip

I've pretty much finished what I'm going to do for now with the photos from Elesa's and my "birthday trip" to Montenegro a few weeks ago. If you are interested in seeing the photos that made the final cut, they can be seen in their entirety HERE (slideshow of 49 photos).

I still have a number of photos to do from Ron and Carole's visit, and a massive amount from our 3 day trip with them to Plitvice. the Dalmatian coast of Croatia and the Mostar region of Herzegovina....I'm noticing more and more that I could use a fast computer ... that the 768 MBytes of RAM I have isn't a lot when using Photoshop CS2.

Tree Among Ruins - Kotor, Montenegro (Crna Gora)


Sutjeska National Park

The most recent conflicts of the 90's as the former Yugoslavia basically left plaques of names on buildings and small fountains, graveyards and shells of stone buildings everywhere...and in the case of this particular part of the country...the "unspoiled beauty and nature" of the Sutjeska...mine signs (and presumably the mines). The park is more like what in the U.S. would be called a National Forest, little to no services, markings etc. It was a beautiful drive, so much so that we took the route both ways on our trip to Herceg Novi.

Valley - The Sutjeska, Republika Srpska, BiH





Pine - The Sutjeska, Republika Srpska, BiH





Moss - The Sutjeska, Republika Srpska, BiH


Friday, May 15, 2009

Trip Pic From Počitelj

I took about 500 photos on our 3 day whirlwind tour of Croatia with the Millers earlier this week, I'm still putting keywords with the photos and busy with heaps of other stuff. On our drive back, we stopped at three places in the Herzegovina section of BiH...Počitelj, Blagaj and of course Mostar. It is amazing how much has been done to fix up the first two since we first saw them less than 3 years ago. Počitelj still isn't on the UNESCO World Heritage list though :)

Decorated Ruins - Počitelj


Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Back From Plitvice

I've been wanting to go to Croatia's Plitvice Lakes National Park for quite a while...and we finally made it there on a quick tour of Croatia with our visitors. Just returned home tonight. Here is a quick snapshot, it will take me quite a while to download, keyword etc the 500+ photos I took during the trip. The park is unbelievable.

Veliki Slap - Nacionalni Park Plitvička Jezera

The Big Waterfall - Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia


Sunday, May 10, 2009

Skakavac Waterfall

I made the hike up again today with the Millers who are visiting. We couldn't have had a much nicer day. I only took my super-wide...and this photo is of no real significance (the lines don't overcome the boring green batch of grass in the middle of the frame) The only significance...photo number 10,000 with this camera...

The Bright Green of Spring - Skakavac Waterfall, Sarajevo BiH


Sunday, May 03, 2009

St Stefan (Sveti Stefan)

The mystery island (now peninsula) of St Stefan (Sveti Stefan), juts out into the Adriatic just down Montenegro's coast a few miles from Budva. Once an exclusive resort, now shuttered for "renovations", the rumors fly as to what is going on. "The Russians bought it" "The Japanese bought it" "The Mafia bought it" "The Chinese bought it" "SPECTRE bought it"

We stopped at the overlook and took a few photos before heading back...besides the traffic jam, and another couple tourists with a guide (he said Japanese), no one paid us any mind, which probably eliminates the SPECTRE notion at least.

St Stefan - Montenegro

Sveti Stefan - Crna Gora


Saturday, May 02, 2009

Perast

While we were in Montenegro, we took a drive around the Bay of Kotor, with a bit of a stop at the old town of Kotor itself (more on that later). Near Kotor is a small town called Perast. Just off the shore a bit in the bay stands two islands, one, Our Lady of the Rocks (Gospa od Škrpjela), is man made. The Abbey of St George has trees and such...each island is very different looking despite being only meters apart..

This first photo is an illustration of my lack of patience, It is a stitch of 7 photos to make the panoramic. The final stitch is probably over 20,000 pixels wide. I was too impatient to get out the tripod, but I did much better than I did in my previous attempts. Unfortunately, I don't know how to present the photo so you can see it wider than 1024 pixels... even clicking on it and looking at the "large" version, you will only see something that is like 1/25 or so of the final photo and it is hard to see the details of the town.

The photos of the individual islands are panoramic crops of single frames taken from the Perast side of the bay.

Perast - Montenegro

Our Lady of the Rocks and Island of Saint George




Our Lady of the Rocks (Gospa od Škrpjela) - Perast, Montenegro




Island of Saint George (Ostrvo Sveti Đorđe) - Perast, Montenegro


Herceg Novi

Last weekend, in honor of Elesa's birthday and in anticipation of mine, we drove to Montenegro (Crna Gora - "Black Mountain") and stayed a couple of nights in Herceg Novi on the Bay of Kotor...said to be the southern most fjord in Europe. It was a peaceful trip and the area is quite beautiful. The weather isn't real warm yet and outside of a bunch of people from a cruise ship in Kotor itself, there were no crowds at all. Here are a few of the photos from Herceg Novi.


Herceg Novi - Montenegro

The Sea Fortress (Forte Mare) of the Old Town Rises Above the Sea and Boats





St. Michael The Archangel Church - Herceg Novi

Sv. Arhandjela Mihaila - Stari Grad Herceg Novi





Bell Tower, St. Leopold Church. - Herceg Novi

Crkva Sv Leopolda.





Old Town - Herceg Novi, Montenegro

Stari Grad - Herceg Novi, Crna Gora