Wednesday, March 11, 2015

In the Foothills of Mountain Prenj [Part 2/2]

There is this spot in these mountains. I remember it well. It's the place where the village ends and pure wilderness starts. The sights from there remind me that there is so much unknown in the world. It is the ultimate destination of our hike in the foothills of mountain Prenj.

And as our hike continues, we actually approach the mountain closer, leave the village behind and step into the wilderness.

This is a two part series:
Part One: In the Foothills of Mountain Prenj
Part Two: In the Foothills of Mountain Prenj

click on the images for a bigger view


What we leave behind...

It's interesting to think about what we leave behind. Maybe we don't really consciously make a note when there is a spot on the wall, or a cracked window, but over time these things accumulate and you are left with a place where life once was, but also a place that shows the history behind it. We spotted this really old house along the path, and I had to take a couple of shots of it.


I can't even imagine how old it is, but judging by the look of the walls, windows and doors, very old. The house is smaller then the rest in the village, clearly showing it's age.


I love the narrow entrance. If you were to enter the place you would actually have to duck down in order to pass. Yet, there is a red house number painted on the side, though I clearly doubt anyone is receiving mail here.


A wider shot of the east side of the house:



Point of no return

This is the spot I mentioned earlier. A narrow path leads downhill to the last remaining house, that is hiding in the woods. From there on the road subsides to an even smaller path that leads to the spring of the river Sanica, that is flowing along side it. Here you get the best wide view of this side of Prenj, and on this moody day, some freshly fallen snow greeted us from the peaks.


We had some fun here and goofed around. Div was in the mood to be petted, and Beni had a jealousy fit over it. So love had to be shared here, which wasn't a problem though. It was very cold, as if the chill from the snow had transported to this place where we stood on. So keeping busy was a good way to stay warm.


Then the winds came, and amplified the cold. This also meant that it was time to return to our car which we had parked a mile away.


Next shot: Two friends enjoying their time together. Nothing better then that.


Alone

Another spot I really like is this next one. The lone house is sitting in the valley, while the grim, snow covered mountains, are looking down on it. The sense of isolation is very strong here, even though Sanica is a village where people live, and you won't be alone for long. I could only imagine the sights in spring here.


Keeping On

At the end we crossed a small bridge in front of our cottage, where we had parked the car. The cold was reflected in the chilly blue of the river Sanica (the village is named after this river). Being a mountain river, the stream is always busy, endlessly rushing along...



Even though this two parter was stripped of much color, that would be there otherwise in spring, I still hope you have enjoyed these rugged winter sights.


44 comments:

  1. Hello Mersad, pretty landscapes.. I love the lone house in the valley shot and the views of the mountains, just beautiful. And the dogs are always a favorite of mine.. Great post, enjoy your day!

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  2. I am enjoying these old buildings. Thanks.

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  3. I admire how you captured all the textures of the materials of the old house, Mersad. Great photos.

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  4. i loved the quiet valley and old house. and adored those two - div and beni. :)

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  5. Beautiful photography!
    Thanks for sharing at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/03/flying-high.html

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  6. What a beautiful place and it does look so quiet and peaceful!! And, oh yes, I adored Div and Beni, too!! Superb captures as always, Mersad!! Thanks for sharing the fun and the beauty!

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  7. I loved following along on this walk with you. There were some fantastic views even in their bleak winter clothes. I love finding old abandoned houses and buildings. Don't you wish the walls could tell you stories of the people have lived their?

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    1. I really wish they could in this case. I would really like to know what happened there.

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  8. I really liked this series, Mersad. (I haven't been blogging much, so I have a lot of catching up to do). I really like the scenery in these photos, and the old buildings. Nice work!!

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  9. Tolle Naturfotos, wie immer.
    Liebe Grüße

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  10. Truly mesmerizing valley, Mersad (I read both parts of your photograph reportage and commentary)! Old houses communicate in mysterious ways, attracting our attention with visual clues. At times they appear like some execrated soul imploring our empathy, to deliver them from their sorry fate.

    I had to look up "slavic mythology", to learn more. Thank you for the nudge!
    Love to see how much fun the dogs had with this excursion.

    Cheers,
    Merisi

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    1. I actually had to research some of the slavic mythology myself once I started writing this article. :) Thanks for your lovely comment!

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  11. I like winter shots. You can see the structure of things better in winter than at any other time. Great job.
    Also, how did you find this cottage? Did you rent it, or is it owned by friends? Or maybe it's yours.

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    1. It's ours. You can find some pictures of it on this blog: Our Cottage in the Mountains

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  12. What an adventure you and your two friends had together. Scenic mountains, cabin in the nook and abandoned building. I always look forward to seeing your blog weekly.
    JM, IL-U.S.A.

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  13. Absolutely beautiful winter shots! Love the decay details.

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  14. Some of your best, Mersad! I was reminded of some places I've loved visiting, yet it's different. Thanks!

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    1. Thanks for your visit Bill!

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  15. such a beautiful creek in the last shot and all of the pics with the two dogs made my heart sing.. they look like they love each other and i can tell you love them to. i do like that really old house, especially the window.. and the roof.. old is good to me

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    1. The two of them get along great and really like to be around each other.

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  16. Looks like the place to go for tranquility! LOVE the mountains!

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  17. Misteriozno mjesto; sva sreca imas svoje pse cuvare uz sebe :-)

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  18. Toll....da werden solche maroden Häusern gleich auch zur Schönheit und schon fast ein Kunstobjekt.

    Viele Grüsse

    N☼va

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  19. such a beautiful place,, the scenery is amazing and looks so peaceful. Love the great shots you got of the old house. Many memories and stories there

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  20. Prelijepe slike. Bilo bi lijepo da te put nanese i u sjeverne krajeve Bosne, ovdje ima fantastičnih krajeva za fotografisanje, naročito u rubnim dijelovima Majevice.

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    1. To znam. Bio sam i nekoliko puta u sjevernijim krajevima (ima čak ovdje na blogu jedan serijal sa Semišnice), ali nažalost ne toliko često. Naravno i to je u planu!

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  21. Hauntingly beautiful. You captured its spirit and conveyed its mysteries.
    Wonderful.

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  22. Amazing photography ad scenery my friend. xo

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  23. something oddly beautiful in the old structure.

    ROG, ABCW

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  24. SO rustic! This is a beautiful spot to photograph.

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  25. My goodness my imagination is running wild thinking about that house and what it might have been long ago! Beautiful photos and always a wonderful storyline to go with it. Thank you.

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    1. Mine was running wild as well. It was a very interesting place to see up close.

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  26. Hmm... If that old house could talk I wonder the stories it would tell.

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  27. I've taken a few minutes to enjoy you recent posts. As always, you photography is beautiful and accompanying travelogue is so interesting and informative.

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  28. Really great environment with beautiful landscapes and nice old bridges, sheds and houses. Very pittoresk.

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    1. Thanks. I love these regions, and can't wait to visit again once spring returns.

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  29. What a wonderful countryside. It would be be great to see in summer's green. Tom The Backroads Traveller

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  30. Even in winter it's beautiful. I had to go back and read and see the first part too! I love elevation. I live along the Texas Gulf coast where everything is perfectly flat. I enjoyed all your pictures.

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    1. Thanks so much Betty. Yes, my country is mostly made up of mountains (although the far north and far south are flat). This usually means that there is always lots of different nature to see and explore.

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  31. I love your shots of the old buildings!

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  32. A wonderful area so far from urban clutter. To step outside and see such views must be a wonderful experience.The two dogs do seem to be enjoying the time with you. They look so interested in their world in the last photo.

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  33. love the little lone red house. such a peaceful spot.

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