Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Rural Views [Part 1/2]: A Family Outing

We visited the countryside recently for a family gathering. While there, my cousins decided to take a walk through the rural setting, and I made a couple of images. We had a great time, which resulted in cca. 100 images, from which I selected 37 to show to you in these two parts.

So come along with us and enjoy the sights!

This is a multi-part series:
Part One: A Family Outing
Part Two: The Path through the Woods

click on the images for a bigger view



This place is called Bivolje Brdo, and is located 27 km (ca. 17 miles) south from Mostar. It's a short 30 minute car ride to get here.



Before we started our walk, I noticed this abandoned house. The grapes were hanging from the vine, which offered a melancholic view. Somehow life was still going on here.


Beni was there as well of course. The hike took us through the local fields, where, after some rainy days, nature was in full bloom.


A shallow depth of field shot, transformed the scenery in this next landscape in a unique way. I did a tutorial on this technique. If you are interested you can check it out here.


We had a lot of rain the last couple of days, and it was even raining on this day just before our walk. That's why you will notice raindrops in all of the close-up shots.



This next view brings back memories form the beginning of this blog. This was one of the first sights I shoot with my Canon 350D back then, and posted to this blog in January of 2009. If you'd like to see this scene five years back, click here.


We actually picked some berries (not these unripe ones, of course) as we were strolling along. They were very delicious!




The newest addition to the family, my cousin Kenan's daugther Merjem, wasn't in a walking mood. :) As the sun returned, so did the humidity, and she wasn't a fan of it, and neither were we.


A lone fence was in front of me, and I was wondering, what can it protect the field from? Right now it's only an interesting photo subject, so I snapped away.





A distant view into the village of Bivolje Brdo. We were traveling away from it now, further into previously uncharted (and undocumented) territory for me.


As we were moving along, so did other creatures. Unfortunately for me (and for you, dear visitors) the turtle decided to hide as soon as I pointed the camera at her.


As we took a corner, a long path through the woods waited for us. The entrance was very nice and charming, but further back nature was running wild. You will see what we saw in the woods in part two...


End of Part One
To be continued...

I hope you enjoyed the first part from our countryside visit. Part Two will be up tomorrow (where you will actually see more from us).

I am still editing the summer vacation series to Sibenik, Croatia, but I plan to post part one on Friday. So there is a lot of new material coming up.

33 comments:

  1. Amazing work Mersad , what a great collection

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  2. Wonderful wonderful shot Mersad...your pictures are also such a treat to the eyes :) I like them all, but especially the one of the kid...
    -- Goa fun!

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  3. Only 30 minutes away? I go there often!

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  4. beautiful area! love the skies. adorable little one. :)

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  5. Fabulous images Mersad. I LOVE this last one but they are all spectacular.

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  6. A lovely area indeed, Mersad!! Wonderful skies and clouds and what an adorable young lady Merjem is!! Looks like such a great place to spend time! Superb captures as always and the next best thing to being there myself! Thanks for sharing!!

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    1. Thank you. Merjem is really funny and cute.

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  7. Oh ja und wie ich es genossen habe lieber Mersad. Diese unberührte Natur, so wild und frei das gefällt mir und dann dieser Blick in den Himmel mit den wundervollen Wolkenformationen. Schöner kann sich die Natur nicht zeigen. Wieder einmal tolle Fotos.

    Liebe Abendgrüsse

    N☼va

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    1. Es gibt wirklich sehr viel unberührte Natur hier und sehr viel zu entecken.

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  8. As ever, they are all great photos with plenty of variety which does add to the interest. Nicely done!

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  9. What a beautiful set of shots! Hard to choose a favourite.

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  10. Great photos. I love the photos of the grapes. But, the one of Merjem is adorable.

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  11. Mersad, Your shots tell a story of an abandoned house, lush fields, and a happy family outing. I'm going to have to return to see what awaits in the woods!

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    1. Thanks Barb. What we saw in the woods is in part two which is uploaded now.

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  12. Sehr schöne, "rustikale" Natureindrücke, die Bilder bringen eine richtige Stimmung rüber. Liebe Grüße

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  13. More gorgeous country! I feel your pain on the humidity. It's like that here right now. Very cute daughter your cousin has!

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  14. Lovely images from your walk.. I love the sky and clouds. The grapes look yummy! And the little one is a cutie! Great series and post. Enjoy your week!

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  15. That is a wonderful outing. Lovely photos of the vine yards and the skies. Great pictures of the country.

    Alexander
    Alex's World! - http://www.kakinan.com/alex

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    1. Thanks Alex. The skies were very dramatic.

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  16. The short rock wall in the last photo is very intriguing. And I particularly liked the photo of the grape arbor.

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    1. It was to me as well. I have been in these parts quite often, but never down that particular path.

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  17. Was für eine traumhafte Landschaft! Du hast Details so toll eingefangen! Wunderschöne Fotos!
    LG Mary

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  18. What a lovely place to rest and vacation and the little girl is adorable..what a smile... Michelle from Nature Notes...Michelle

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  19. Looks idyllic

    Mollyxx

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  20. I don't blame Merjem at all. I am not a fan of the heat and humidity, either, but what a beautiful place to wander! :)

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  21. Your photos are beautiful - the countryside and the family shots too. The photo of Merjem looking over her father's shoulder is lovely.

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  22. What a beautiful, charming place, Mersad! I loved every minute of this delightful walk! I fell in love with the abandoned house! When can I move in??? :-) The grapes and berries were so lovely, and the fence, and well, everything! The B&W shot was particularly interesting. I know you had a marvelous day there.

    You ask about Monument valley, and I apologiose for not getting back to you sooner. Yes, you can actually stay near the museum in small cabins overlooking the monuments. I don't know what the rooms are like, but the views are spectacular of course! There is another place also close by that is a ranch-type setting and it was quite expensive. We checked it out on google before we made the trip, and chose to stay in Chinle. Chinle's Holiday Inn is 25 miles away, but it is close to Canyon de Chelly (Canyon de Shay) which is another excellent place to visit, so would round out the trip. Plus it's on the Navajo Reservation which is fascinating in itself, with the hogans next to each house. If you check out my last six posts or so you will see some of Canyon de Chelly and the Res as well. There would be LOTS of great photo opportunities for you both in Canyon de Chelly and Monument valley. We did not take one of the guided trips into the Canyon but stayed on the surface and only visited about three of the overlooks, totally missing Spider Woman's rock formation, which I regret. You can go down to the White House ruins also. We DID do the drive through Monument valley. So, if you plan a trip, I know you won't be disappointed!

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