Sunday, December 1, 2013

Serenity [500th Post]

It is the first of December, and the days have been getting colder and colder, as winter is knocking on our doors. It's the time of the year when the lights go out fast, and long nights permeate the surroundings. In our neck of the woods, strong winds from the north are added to that, and they create the sounds of winter and tranquility.

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The Herceg Stjepan Fortress in the distance of the valley

There is something serene in these moments, like yesterday, when my cousins and I took a hike to the nearby located Fortress of the mid-century king Herceg Stjepan. I will post a three-part series about our adventure soon, but right now I wanted to take it all in. Winter can be snow filled, or bare and cold, but still, even in this season there is beauty to be discovered. Just because something is transforming it doesn't mean that it will ultimately turn out to be bad. And there is of course the promise of spring that winter brings with it.

This is my 500th post, and also 5 years of blogging. I like to look back at the older posts from time to time, and see not only how far I have come, but also what milestones happened along the way. If you like you can click on the sidebar and view the old posts from 2008, or simply click here.

Thank you all for visiting and commenting. I like the blogger friends I have discovered and I love visiting all your blogs and see how your lives are, go on and change. To another five years...

74 comments:

  1. Congrats Mersad..... your 500 th post is really FANTASTIC.

    Greetings, Joop

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  2. Congratulations on your anniversary. It takes some staying power to continue day-after-day,doesn't it? Your photo today is PERFECT for CDP's December theme day. Lovely composition "looking out."

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  3. Very beautiful scenery shot, Mersad. So glad to have met you through the blogging world, as I really enjoy seeing all your wonderful photos of places I'll never see in person! Keep them coming, and have a great week. Mona

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    1. Thank you Mona for your kind words.

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  4. spectacular view.. a really WOW moment... and here is to another five years

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    1. Thanks Sandra. I'm editing the posts for this series right now. Part One will be up today.

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  5. Congratulations on five years! Many blogs don't make it nearly that long. Beautiful country!

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    1. Thanks Brian! It's so wonderful to have you as a blogger friend.

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  6. What a wonderful view and captured so beautifully in your photograph. Congratulations on five years of blogging and five hundred posts. I don't have time right now, but I do want to go back and look at some of your earlier posts. I'm a fan of your work, for sure.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Linda!

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  7. continued blogging success to you! love that serene scene. and stay warm!

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  8. Mersad, you have a beautiful blog with wonderful posts and photos. I like reading about your adventures and seeing new places I have never been. Congrats on your 500th post and 5 years. I look forward to see many more. Have a happy day!

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    1. Thank you so much, It means a lot to me to read all your wonderful comments.

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  9. Congratulation, Mersad, on your 500th post. 5 years of blogging that is something very serious.

    This is a truly serene picture and it's simply stunning and very beautiful!

    Best wishes to you!

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  10. Congratulations indeed, Mersad, on your 500th post!! I've been blogging for six years and still find it to be fun and rewarding!! Your captures are superb and add beauty to my day, every day!! This one is a great example!! Such a lovely, peaceful place! Thank you for sharing and I look forward to many more!!

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  11. Mersad, I have a question about night photography. When you take pictures in the night do you use sometimes flash built in the camera. Or you turn it off?

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    1. I don't use the built in flash. In fact my 6D now doesn't even have a built in flash. I have an external flash, but i don't like to use it during night. What I would advise for night photography is a tripod and then go into Tv or complete Manual (M) mode. Try to focus on a light source to get a focus point and then disable auto-focus, then you can play with the settings and not have your lens automatically shift focus points.

      You can try it in auto-mode (P on a Canon) at first to get the feel of it.

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    2. Mersad, thank you very much for answering my question. It's very helpful.

      That is so great that you took your time and explained to me some techniques!

      Very best wishes to you.

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    3. No problem Kaya. Best wishes.

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  12. Beautiful! Congratulations on #500. :) You do such a beautiful job of bringing us lovely images.

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  13. A truly remarkable view.

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  14. Congrats on post number 500! Having just discovered your blog, I'm looking forward to more great images and stories.

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    1. I know, some people will be like "What, 5 years?" :) But it's true... :D

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  15. Sehr schönes Bild. Gratulation zu den 500 Einträge! Mach noch lang so weiter!!!! Liebe Grüße

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  16. Well done on reaching 500 posts. I salute you! Beautiful photograph.

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  17. Congratulations! What beautiful scenery!

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  18. Congratulations for your photos and blog; keep on running :-).

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    1. I will. Thanks for visiting.

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  19. beautiful. I love all the muted colors. We are having winter here as well. It's dark so early and cold

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    1. I know how it feels. Thank you for stopping by.

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  20. A beautiful image to mark 500 - congratulations! Five years of blogging is no small feat, here's to more years:)

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    1. It was a long journey so far, but I feel like the best parts are about to come.

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  21. Congratulation.. A Fine photo and hike.

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    1. It was a LONG hike. More on that in the actual post :D

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  22. Five years and what a way to celebrate. The scenic shot is wonderful to look at - it calms the soul and I needed that. Thank you.

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    1. Glad I could provide calm. Thank you so much for your continued support.

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  23. Congratulations on your 500th post, Mersad. It's good to look back to see how far we've come and to dream of where we'll go.
    I also agree the winter has a beauty all its own, if we just look...
    I value your friendship and your creativity.. your image today is stunning.

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    1. Thank you for your friendship, visits and your own photos. I always enjoy them.

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  24. Congratulations on your 500th post! I think winter is beautiful and I'm so glad someone else thinks so too. It saddens me when people see my winter photos and cannot see anything beyond the cold. They are missing so much beauty. I'm glad you aren't one of them.

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    1. Glad we're on the same page. Thanks for stopping by.

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  25. fantastic photo! and congrats with your 500th post, Mersad!!!

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  26. congratulations on the big 500 :D

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  27. Congratulations, Mersad. And what good timing for a celebration - 500 posts and 5 years :) In a month I will have been blogging for five years too! And some of the first friends I/we made are still around and keeping in touch - that's pretty amazing!

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    1. That's pretty special. You were one of my first followers, and I'm so glad to have you here throughout the years.

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  28. Perfect title for this wonderful scenery. Congratulations on the 500th post.

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  29. A gorgeous view! Congrats on #500!

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  30. This is breath-taking! What a lovely view, and the castle fortress is wonderful! I have to tell you how sorry I am I haven't visited before now. I was so happy you came by my blog via Kathy and was kind enough to comment. I have been more than a little frustrated lately (first the computer crash which took over three weeks to fix! Then company. And all the while trying to use a manual Nikon I am truly no good at using, and getting awful pictures!) Now with my new camera, things should improve. :-) I'm glad you hung in there with me. It may take a while to get used to the new camera, but my spirits are definitely soaring! :-) Glad to make your acquaintance! Will be checking your blog a lot.

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    1. Thank you Marie. It's no problem at all. Glad to have you on board.

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  31. Congrats for your work, sharing with us
    ciao
    Stefano

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  32. Congratulations on your 500th post! A gorgeous view. I like your blog and will be bookmarking it for future read.

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  33. Your blog is so nice and informative thanks for share. Hills driving school.

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  34. I shall add my congratulations rather belatedly. The fortress fascinated me and I'm learing more about the geography of the country too.

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  35. Thanks for sharing this great content, I really enjoyed the insign you bring to the topic, awesome stuff! Castle Hill driving school.

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  36. What a beautiful capture Mersad. The skies are awesome.

    Felicia

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