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Blejski Otok

By Jasper87  
This is the view looking the other way from my last upload . Lake Bled surrounds Bled Island (Blejski otok), the only natural island in Slovenia. The island has several buildings, the main one being the pilgrimage church dedicated to the Assumption of Mary(Cerkev Marijinega vnebovzetja), built in its current form near the end of the 17th century. The church has a 52 m (171 ft) tower and there is a stairway with 99 steps leading up to the building. Weddings are held there regularly and traditionally it is considered good luck for the groom to carry his bride up the 99 steps on the day of their wedding before ringing the bell and making a wish inside the church.

Iso200, f14, 1/500s, @32mm, hand held, no filters.


Tags: Church Slovenia Landscape and travel Lake bled

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Stunning image, Dave. WOW! The light & composition is amazing.

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Nigeve1 Plus
5 1.4k 101 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2014 8:11AM
Excellent image with superb light and sense of calm.
12 Jan 2014 8:17AM
For me, this is one of your best images, Dave. Excellent composition, great light and creation of mood. Top shot.

CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
12 Jan 2014 8:22AM
A beautiful composition, capture and presentation, Dave. Carol
12 Jan 2014 8:27AM
99 steps!!!

P Grin
Caziwinkles 5 3 1 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2014 8:31AM
Beautiful! Peaceful! Tranquil! Smile

12 Jan 2014 8:38AM
What a beautiful location so beautifully captured and presented Dave!
99 steps??!!
S'pose you'll do anything when your in love!!Smile

bobsblues 8 10 2 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2014 8:40AM
It matches yesterdays upload perfectly Dave a superb capture .
woolybill1 Plus
11 23 72 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2014 8:49AM
Superb light and composition.
12 Jan 2014 9:42AM
Amazing comp' Dave, and super Light giving the shot some smashing characteristics.

John Smile
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
12 Jan 2014 10:01AM is considered good luck for the groom to carry his bride up the 99 steps on the day of their wedding before ringing the bell and making a wish inside the church.

I bet the groom's most common wish was that he'd worn a back brace Smile

Excellent shot, Dave, and I really like the rays of light fanning down over the mountains in the distance.

andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2014 10:16AM
cracking comp dave brilliant colours and reflections a stunner top shot Wink
12 Jan 2014 10:33AM
Like this and your write up, Dave. Bet the most common wish is that they'd married someone lighter.....
12 Jan 2014 10:56AM
Just a beautiful image. So much to see and lovely, peaceful colours.
netta1234 6 382 2 Wales
12 Jan 2014 10:56AM
This is BeautifulSmileSmileSmileSmile
12 Jan 2014 11:15AM
best pick a slim bride for sure love the light and comp DavidGrinGrin
richmowil Plus
9 352 2 England
12 Jan 2014 11:31AM
Great light in this fine composition, Dave!! Beautiful!!
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2014 11:33AM
Beautiful scene, Dave.

TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
12 Jan 2014 11:36AM
A magnificent wide landscape, Dave, the lovely light really gives it depth Wink
Trev Smile
Rende 11 38 4 Netherlands
12 Jan 2014 11:47AM
I love the composition, format and the lovely soft light Dave.
rayme330 6 17 1 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2014 12:11PM
Stunning panorama Dave, with amazing light and depth.

CaroleS Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2014 12:18PM
Superb panormanaSmile
12 Jan 2014 12:21PM
Beautiful capture and presentation Dave!
marktc Plus
7 101 15 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2014 12:31PM
Delightful, the image takes you on a journey through that lovely landscape... Great shot Dave.
Nikonuser1 Plus
5 152 16 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2014 2:08PM
Super capture Dave, like the write up, but carry your future bride up 99 steps!!!!!Smile

12 Jan 2014 2:24PM
Stunning scenery. Great shot.

saltireblue Plus
8 7.9k 33 Norway
12 Jan 2014 2:41PM
Fireman's lift is the best way to get a person up 99 is also the favoured method in the annual Finnish wife carrying races.
No need for you to carry asseT up there, the view from this level is spectacular enough.

RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
12 Jan 2014 2:52PM
I know a lot of the folk music from this part of the world but have not seen images from there so often, so this makes a pleasant experience. Love those waves of forested hills.
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
12 Jan 2014 4:05PM
Not so ''lucky'' carrying a 20 stone bride up these 99 steps Dave !!
Good shot.
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2014 4:49PM
Stunning panorama Dave - lovely light.
Diets must be big business if brides hope to be carried up 99 steps!!!!
Kate GrinGrinGrin
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2014 5:12PM
So stunning... Outstanding shot... IB
xwang 9 56 8
12 Jan 2014 5:37PM
What a beautiful picture. Wonderfully taken. A perfect scene.. lucky you!Smile We talked about to go there years ago, from Venice.. but it seemed some problem with the railway line.. and then forgot it set me off now...envy you.Grin
LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2014 6:03PM
cheesey 12 2 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2014 6:23PM
Wonderful comp,light and mood. Great shot.
Cheesey Smile.
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2014 8:49PM
99 steps...I just wonderWink
outstanding composition Dave
stunning in fact
12 Jan 2014 8:51PM
Excellent image and superb light
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
12 Jan 2014 9:01PM
99 steps??? my the bride be tiny and the groom a weight lifter-- a beautiful place!
HELANA 8 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2014 9:55PM
Very interested write up Dave.As for the image, it has the lot, composition, mountains, great light and colour. Can think of any thing else to write, Super landscape.
EileenH 4 1 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2014 10:25PM
Beautiful imageSmile

nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
13 Jan 2014 2:01AM
Amazing light and compo, Dave. A very beautiful stunning image. It must be very difficult to climb the 99 steps with a bride in your arms.
fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
13 Jan 2014 8:16AM
A truly beautiful composition ~ the light is just a joy.

brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
13 Jan 2014 9:24AM
Ah! What a great panoramic image - and superb light,
rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
13 Jan 2014 11:53AM
Magical Dave!
DixClix 9 2 United Kingdom
13 Jan 2014 5:00PM
An excellent image which brings back memories of a wonderful few days spent there a couple of years ago.
It really is a magical place and presents such wonderful photographic opportunities as you have ably displayed here!
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
13 Jan 2014 5:52PM
Wow - great composition and amazingly hand held Dave! Smile
13 Jan 2014 10:54PM
Brilliant composition and capture Dave. The light is really amazing!
14 Jan 2014 12:04AM
Stunning Dave..Lin
almiles 8 38 102 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2014 1:47PM
This one has much more drama than the opposite view, thanks to the lighting effects. it's quite contrasty but you've retained plenty of detail and the brightly lit shore makes a nice counterpoint to the back-breaking church; whoever said religion was a burden?! Grin
TyChee 13 275 1 United States
15 Jan 2014 9:04PM
Beautiful scenery!
ColleenA Plus
5 362 6 Australia
16 Jan 2014 8:27PM
An amazing capture Dave....wonderful light and composition
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
16 Jan 2014 9:55PM
capto Plus
6 5.2k 8 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2014 10:38PM
A wonderful image, a joy to view.Smile

29 Jan 2014 4:31PM
A stunning scenery this-one too ,Dave! --- Jukka.Smile
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
7 Feb 2014 4:43PM
Such a breathtakingly beautiful and serene scene Dave, that scenery is so spectacular and the light perfect

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