Snakes’s Head Fritillary Meadow
Where to in Slovenia feature micro locations for mobile photographers. And we mean micro since this one in Ljubljana Marshes, full of fragile Fritillaria Meleagris, has no name. In fact, we’ve just made it up because we needed one for a location in the marshes where it is not easy to orientate at all. A vast plain which no landmarks, wet meadows full of drainage canals with occasional gravel road which easily ends in the middle of nowhere – and some of those meadows are in the season full of Fritillaria meleagris.
Therefore in this case we are talking about a seasonal photo location but the marshes are beautiful in all seasons and opportunities for a great photo are always awaiting even without these fragile lilies.
Entering the village of IG from the direction of Ljubljana find a left turn just opposite to the gas station at the beginning of the settlement. After a few hundred meters the road crosses a small river Ižica (there is another special place along this short river) and after that comes to a crossroads. The meadow we are looking for is between the bridge and the crossroads. Around the bridge is also one of the better views of the village.
The best time to capture the fritillaries is at sunset or sunrise.
Sunsets in the marshes are always beautiful but for the fritillaries the sunrise is even better timing.
These meadows are really wet, especially in the early spring when around the sunrise time could be even a bit frozen. However the flora is full of water drops which add to the photo so better prepare everything needed for the situation like this:
Totally worth getting out of bed early!
Enjoy and don’t forget to check out other Ljubljana Marshes locations like St. Anna, Lake Podpeč and Ižica.
Text and photo: Zoran Leban Trojar @zokus_gf.