Ljubljana Marshes

Where to in Slovenia features micro locations for mobile photographers. Sometimes it is quite a challenge to define “micro” – we have already described some locations in Ljubljana Marshes and they are really micro-located. On the other hand the whole territory of the marshes share some common features that can be observed and captured almost everywhere so we can think of the whole Ljubljana Marshes as one location.

Ljubljana Marshes are a part of Central Slovenia region and there is an Instagram challenge underway which offers nice prizes for the best photos os certain locations in Central Slovenia, Ljubljana Marshes is one of them. learn more about the challenge!

So where the marshes start if looking from Ljubljana? Where can we draw a line between the capital and Central Slovenia region to which the marshes belong? One could easily decide to put the beginning at the at the point where Ljubljanica river, which is at the same time the Mother and the Child of the marshes, enters the city and becomes an “urban river”.

This “break” in the river’s nature happens at the quarter called Livada where a canoe and kayak club is located. We have described this place as Entering the city with Ljubljanica river. The photo bellow features an upstream view of the river which doesn’t change much over the marshes all the way to Vrhnika.

However, the residents of Ljubljana would probably agree that the real marshes begin at Črna vas, the oldest village of the marshes. There the floods are already present and the buildings have to be built on piles. However, the village is probably best known by its parish church of St. Michael designed by the famous architect Jožef Plečnik.

From Črna vas two roads lead to the two other important settlements of the marshes – the villages of Ig and Podpeč. The later is best known by its lake – Podpeško jezero.

Just above the lake and the village is a typical motif of Slovenia, a church on the top of the hill and probably the best spot to observe and photograph the Ljubljana Marshes: St. Anna!

The church itself is also very photogenic.

The vast flat landscape with a lot of mist, lonely trees, wet meadows and occasional corn field, drainage canals and gravel roads is otherwise lacking  landmarks. Early mornings or sunset time are the best to capture there. There is one spot we choose to be the best for sunrise beside the Lake Podpeč and St. Anna: Ižica river.

In the early spring some of the wet meadows are full of  Snake’s head Fritillaries so we find a nice spot to capture them as well.

The best way to explore the marshes is probably with bike, check out some nice daily tours we have designed with Visit Good Place tourist agency!

Text and photos: Zoran Leban Trojar @zokus_gf

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