Teddy Bear

I’ve got a new Teddy Bear! Actually, it’s a sunflower ”Teddy Bear”. I got it from my mother-in-law several times now, and I always forgot to ask about this species. When I think of a sunflower, I think of the one with a brownish center. After some googling, I’m even more excited to find out about this Teddy Bear cultivar of the common sunflower (Helianthus Annuus).

Teddy Bear
Teddy Bear (Helianthus Annuus)

Autumn is near

Last weekend I used being up early in the morning, and went for a long walk to the Arboretum Volčji potok. It helped that I didn’t have a car for the day, and I walked there. According to Google it’s 6.6 km one way. A nice distance, and very managable as the route there is pretty scenic. I started off when the fog was still there, and the day just got better and better. Almost there, the view suddenly appeared. No longer under the tree shadows, the mountains came into view with some patches of fog lifting, and made the day very promising.

A view of the mountains

I left home without having a breakfast, as I was planning to have a bite at the botanical gardens. There’s not much there, just a small cafe serving treats. And the chocolate croissant was a treat. In case you’re wandering, the extra cup of milk was for the baby, not me.

Late morning breakfast in the sun
Late morning breakfast in the sun

I didn’t stay long there, as I was in a hurry to make it home on time for lunch. On our way out of the botanical gardens, I took more photos. I was a bit surprised to see the turtles sunbathing, as I haven’t seen them before. Well, they were partly hidden in the tall grass by the pond. It wasn’t hard photographing it, as it hardly moved while I took shots from various angles.

A turtle in hiding
A turtle in hiding
Always a working bee
Always a working bee
Unidentified bug
An unidentified bug and plant
Overview of the French Gardens
Overview of the French Gardens
Green was still the predominant colour
Green was still the predominant colour

Although green was the predominant colour, autumn colours were already showing in some parts of the park. I’m definitely going back soon to see more of the changing colours.

A glimpse of the autumn colours
Autumn reflections
Autumn reflections

On the way back I passed this old water mill, and I had to take one more picture.

An old water mill
An old water mill

Destination Lake Bohinj

Last Sunday in August, I finally took my family to Lake Bohinj. I usually go there at least once a year, as it’s one of my favourite places in Slovenia. It’s a combination of wild nature, clear water and pleasant climate. Since the summer holidays were ending, I was expecting a bigger crowd at the lake, also due to the nice weather, but I was wrong. There were visitors at the lake, but it wasn’t as crowded as during the summer season. This year, the lake was unusually worm, and that attracted many people to go there for a swim and to cool down.

If you’re planing a visit to Slovenia, Lake Bohinj should be on your list if you like nature. The coordinates of the eastern side of the lake are 46.278917, 13.885511. Basically, most of the infrastructure is a few kilometers away from the lake, and that makes it even more attractive. There are a shop, a turist office, a boat rental, and several cafes close by, but it’s the landscape that brings you to the lake, and you don’t really miss anything. The lake is also a starting point for hiking trips to the surrounding mountains. Water is usually prety cold, but refreshing and very clear. This summer, however, the temperature rose to about 24°C for several days. Even this last Sunday, the water was still refreshing, and swimming in the lake made my day even better.

St. John the Baptist's Church by the lake
St. John the Baptist’s Church by the lake
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Lake Bohinj
Fish in the lake
Fish in the lake
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Colours of the lake
Under the trees
Under the trees
Fish in the lake
Fish in the shallow water of the lake
View across the lake
View across the lake