It’s time for another Traces of the Past theme and this month it shall be in colour. Peeking through bleak and bare trees and nature’s monochrome there is a beautiful Neogothic Parish church of Bled. Not one’s typical view of that enchanting Slovenian town, but the one I thought you might enjoy. For once I decided to show you an example from not so distant past as this church was built in the early 20th century. You have a week to post your entries for this photo challenge. In the meantime I wish you a happy Thursday and a great weekend!



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“Can you think of anything more permanently elating than to know that you are on the right road at last?” – Vernon Howard



This is my offering for THE ROAD TAKEN (weekly photo challenge).



The theme of today’s challenge is FOCUS. We all want our images to be tack sharp and in focus, but there are situations when we prefer to have some parts of the image in blur i.e. out of focus to better isolate the subject we want to focus on (pun intended).  This technique is called selective focus and this is what I did in the image bellow. I focused on a single, though repetitive, element that goes on through most of the frame and seems to repeat itself in unfocused specular highlights in the background. The image shows an iconic view of the capital city of Slovenia, and I thought it would be neat to give just a hint of it.

Selective focusing is particularly interesting in macro photography, portraiture and in images with repetitive patterns and it makes photography more creative.  Now it is up to you…. whether you choose to have all the elements in your photo in focus, or to apply a selective focus or even an alternative approach to the theme like capturing a focused person or animal, I very much look forward to seeing your entries. Have a great Thursday!


©Paula Borkovic

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  • Make a photo post post on today’s theme, before next Thursday.

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Thursday’s Special: Water

Water, the world’s most valuable resource, should not be taken for granted.


Again, you have less than a week to come up with some water shots. Leave me the links to your posts with entries for this challenge, please. Happy Thursday!



NOTE for new visitors: This is a once a week photo challenge. For further details please visit Scheduled Challenges page and Thursday’s Special page.


These are the entries for this week’s Thursday’s Special. Check them out by clicking on titles above images:


Karori Reservoir

Water Reflected in the Black Diamond

Cool and cold at the same time

Out on the water


Another fountain

Water sunset


El Agua

Skagit River

My Slovenian Adventure

We all have our ideas of adventure. For some it implies adrenaline rush activities; for me it is exploring new places and a close contact with nature. This particular trip was an adrenaline booster for me too: walking on wobbly little bridges above a mountainous river loaded with camera and lenses, stepping on slippery stones in a gorge and finding my way through a dark cave to be rewarded with a spectacular view of Kozjak waterfall. The bellow gallery showcases the highlights of my recent trip to Slovenia.


Nobody is indifferent to turquoise waters of Soča

Nobody is indifferent to turquoise waters of Soča


Misty Soča

Misty Soča


A wobbly bridge on Soča River

A wobbly bridge on Soča River


April - nature's abundance (Kozjak waterfall)

April – nature’s abundance (Kozjak waterfall)


This is my response to Weekly Photo Challenge: Adventure.

Thursday’s Special: Closer to Heaven



**About Thursday’s Special: It is a ‘non-challenge’ challenge that appeals to bloggers eager to wake up their creativity and show their own ideas and interpretation of the world. I invite everybody interested to join in. There are no themes, titles and techniques set for your expression, there are no limits and restrictions (no red tape whatsoever). The only thing required is to post a photo post on Thursdays entitled “Thursday’s Special: (your theme/title)” (as explained in my Thursday’s Special introductory post), to provide a link to my Thursday’s Special post, and to leave a link to your post in the comments section of my post. If you like Thursday’s Special widget, feel free to grab it and post it on your blog.


Check out the other entries to Thursday’s Special: