|Copyright: Alenka Unk (alenka)
|Date Taken: 2007-07-22|
|Camera: Nikon D40 DSLR|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2007-07-24 2:11|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|What does one do on a hot day? I had it from a reliable source that one goes to hell. Pekel (literally translated as "hell") is a gorge near Borovnica south-west of Ljubljana. Rambling alert! I had never been to Borovnica before, which is not very nice since one of my grandmothers was born at its railway station. Don't worry, this is not as dramatic as it seems. Her father was the railwayman in charge of the Borovnica station and they lived there. Literally. Just a few days ago, she was telling me how her father used to take her on rounds checking the arches of the famous Borovnica viaduct when she was three or four years old, before they moved. At the time the second largest railway viaduct in Europe was built in 1856 on the Südbahn or Southern Railway, the first railway line linking Vienna to Trieste and was considered one of the most imposing bridge structures the world had ever seen. It was destroyed by Allied air raid during the World War II. Today only one surviving pier shows where it once stood. |
With a stream and a set of five waterfalls, the narrow and steep Pekel gorge protected by a mysterious, dark forest, provides the welcome freshness even on the hottest of summer days. I took countless photos of butterflies, ants, insects I don't yet know the name of and... a freshwater crayfish! This was so exciting! I had hurt my finger climbing one of the metal ladders (think finger caught between metal and rock, not nice). Chilling the pain in the water, I had the camera ready for a tiny butterfly and out from under the rock crawls this guy.
Can anyone please help me name him properly? I'm learning so much just from trying to identify the animals and plants in my photos! Thanks in advance, Alenka
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