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Lake Podpeč

One of the best things in Slovenia is the fact that everything is really close. So – if you are spending your time in Ljubljana and you are looking for some natural beauty (landscape photography) check out the Ljubljana Marshes.

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The area extends over the south part of the Ljubljana Basin and it covers Slovenia’s largest complex of wet grasslands with hedges and forests, shrubs and watercourses. One of the treasures  that you just must visit in the area is Lake Podpeč.

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The lake is situated near the settlement Jezero. It is small (only around 130 meters in diameter), almost completely round and its maximum depth is  – watch out! – 51 metres. The special feature of the lake is its water regime, with water flowing into it from seven surface karst sources and flowing out under the ground, through a deep aven.

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Since the lake is so small … you can walk around it a few times to check where you can take the best photos, the important part is – it is worth getting there!

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Enjoy and check out other spots around Ljubljana Marshes: St. AnnaIžica and Snake’s Head Fritillary Meadow

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Who? @zokus_gf, cofounder, admin and moderator for @igslovenia project, landscape and HDR lover, sailor, traveler and golfer.  I have 25 years of experience in marketing, media and advertising. I was CEO of Mladina d.d. and CMO of Delo d.d., the leading national daily, last ten years I spent as CEO and partner of digital marketing agency Sonce.net (until June 2015).

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Why Instragram? Due to my passion to everything new and field of work I was among first users of all important apps and social media platforms. I like Instagram most of all because it offered me an opportunity to express my personal creativity in mobile photography. Thus it’s quite obvious that I have been monitoring development of platform usage for business needs of brands and companies from the very beginning.

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What … can I do for you? I can help you build your Instagram account, I can answer your questions about Slovenia, I can show you my country from Piran to Bohinj, from Soča Valley to Prekmurje region.

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Who? @sanya_lt, person behind the @igslovenia project; admin, moderator, copywritter, photographer … the one who checks all photos tagged #igslovenia (and #slovenia, and #slovenija, and #ljubljana, #maribor … well … you get the point:) I have been using Instagram for a while, mostly as an administrator or moderator for other Instagram profiles (hubs) such as Photowall, Photowall_daily, DOF_addicts and – Igslovenia:)

I started the @igslovenia project in september 2012 when I discovered there is no profile on Instagram that would show the beauty of our country. Today @igslovenia is almost my job (just – an unpaid one:)) since I manage this page, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook account, answer all of your questions, share Instagram tips & tricks and – my favourite part – I show Instagrammers around the country:)

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Why Instagram? Because I just love it!:) It is the best community for sharing photos, discovering new places and connecting with people from all over the world. I use it to capture my travels (mostly across Slovenia, but also Croatia and Europe) and to discover new places with local Instagramers. So – wherever I go, I try to find somebody to show me around. And whenever somebody visiting Slovenia asks me for help, I do everything I can to help. I’ve even created my own photo-sport:)) It is called #chasingthephotographer!

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What … can I do for you? I can help you build your Instagram account, I can answer your questions about Slovenia, I can show you my country from Piran to Bohinj, from Soča Valley to Prekmurje region. My favourite place (and the place I know everything about) is Soča valley  but since I do like to discover new places and i do this almost every day – I think I can easily say – Slovenia is my home and I can show you around.

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Bukovnica Lake

When we asked our followers on Facebook where to go to get some nice photos in the Prekmurje region we got little response. We really have no idea why this beautiful region is not more popular (and known) among travellers and photographers in Slovenia since we already know it hides some amazing places. The first one that we have visited this weekend (and many times before) is Bukovnica Lake, a paradise for photographers. Specially in autumn!

Bukovnica Lake (in Slovene; Bukovniško jezero)  is a small, man-made lake measuring only 7 hectares, near Bukovnica na Goričkem. The lake is quite popular for fishing, you will see lots of people just sitting around the lake and enjoying the nature and there is an amazing adrenaline park in the forest just by the lake.

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There are many places to walk nearby  and the area around the lake is home to some energy points that are thought to have special energy that calms, relaxes  and has healing properties.

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One of our favourite spots just near the lake is the small Church of St. Vitus and the famous “Vitus’ Spring”. The church offers you many different views to take nice photos … hiding in deep woods that are changing colours through out the year.

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In autumn you just have to walk all the way around the lake. The colours and the light in the forest will make you take you one photo after another and you can find really nice hidden spots between the trees like trees literally growing out of the water.

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When you are done walking don’t forget to stop at the bar near the lake. They serve good coffee but most importantly – they do everything with a big smile. If you are looking for tips where to go next – that is the place to find them. (or – you can wait for our next post:)

Don’t miss; Instameet in Maribor!

What? #igslovenia #instameet No. 2, of course! >> #instameetmb

When? Saturday, 7. 11. 2015 at 12:00

Where; Vetrinjski dvor, Vetrinjska ulica 30, Maribor, Slovenia (Check it on map!)

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We are planing on starting the day with a coffee (or other poison of choice) and then local instagrammers par excellence Igor Unuk (@igorunuk) and Boštjan Lah (@bostjanlah) will take you for a photo-walk (or two?) trough most interesting spots. Of course – we, team @igslovenia will be there and @multikultivator, person behind #instameetmb will join us.

During the walk we will (for sure) exchange some information about photography, best photo apps and best photographers to follow on social media.

Anybody can join us; people who love Maribor, people who would love to discover Maribor with local Instagramers,  tourists, photographers or people who just like some good company. No, you don’t have to have an Instagram account to join us … but we can not promise you that you will not want to open one when our #instameet is over:)

Also – if you own a bar, restaurant or just want to welcome us – don’t hesitate to let us know. You will get all the additional information at info@igslovenia.si.

We kindly ask all of you who will join to let us know that you are coming. This way you will make it much easier for us to organise this meeting and find a bar big enough to fit us all … when we will get thirsty:)  So – once again; apply by sending an email to info@igslovenia.si.

Looking forward to meet you!

PS; Since some of our guests aren’t drivers, please; When applying – let us know where are you comming from, if you have a car and if you can offer a ride to another Instagramer. Thanks!

It is – instameet time!

What?  #igslovenia #instameetIMG_1421

Who? @igslovenia team, our special friend –@muenchmax and all of you!

When? Friday, 29. 5. 2015 at 16.00.

Where? Ljubljana, Kongresni trg (Congress Square)

We are planning on starting with a coffee (a must when in Ljubljana) and then we will do a photo-walk together. You will have the opportunity to see the streets and squares of Ljubljana, the famous Ljubljanica river and its bridges, for better views we will climb on the Castle Hill and we are planing also on discovering some hidden gems of Ljubljana that are just perfect for taking photos. During the walk we will (for sure) exchange some information about photography, best photo apps and best photographers to follow on social media.

Anybody can join us; people who love Ljubljana, tourists, photographers, Instagramers or people who just like some good company. We would be also happy to listen to your ideas; what is there to see and where we just must go … and if you own a bar, restaurant or just want to welcome us – don’t hesitate to let us know. You will get all the additional information at info@igslovenia.si.

We kindly ask all of you who will join to let us know that you are coming. This way you will make it much easier for us to organise this meeting and find a bar big enough to fit us all … when we will get thirsty. So – once again; apply by sending an email to info@igslovenia.si. 

Looking forward to meet you!