Slovenia by Scott Bacon

My new Slovenia gallery has been posted - what an amazing European gem. The mountains, lakes and waterfalls are gorgeous, the people are warm and friendly, and the food and drink is deliciously hearty. And we thoroughly enjoyed the vibrant capitol city of Ljubljana. I want to go back!!

 Tamar Mountain Hut

Tamar Mountain Hut

 Dragon Bridge - Ljubljana

Dragon Bridge - Ljubljana

Croatia by Scott Bacon

I've added a new Croatia gallery from my recent trip. Plitvice Lakes National Park was an amazing experience, surrounded by waterfalls and emerald waters. The boardwalks were a joy to explore with breathtaking scenes around every bend.

And the small coastal town of Rovinj was a delight, with its narrow streets and picturesque skyline along the Adriatic Sea.

Rovinj Sunset Panorama

Cimarron Sunset by Scott Bacon

This view has been on "my list" for more than 10 years. Its just never worked out, for one reason or another. This year I was determined to make it happen. And after hunkering down under a large spruce to wait out a 30 minute snow/sleet squall, I hiked up the final ridge 15 minutes before sunset. The panorama was even better than I'd envisioned, but the light was cloud-bound, dull and gray. Then as the sun began to set, it broke under the cloud layer spreading unimaginable light across the landscape.  

Cimarron Sunset

I had 2 minutes to make images before the sun slipped below the horizon and low clouds. And everything faded back to gray. I was still awestruck as I packed up my gear, not wanting to leave the moment behind. But I eventually turned my back and dropped off the ridge into the wet, darkening forest.

I felt so lucky to have experienced such a magnificent scene, and happy to have an image to share and remember it by. 

Crystal Creek Aspens by Scott Bacon

Aspens along Crystal Creek in the Grand Mesa - Uncompahgre - Gunnison National Forest