15.5.2014: A walk around Lake Bled combined with a short climb up Mali Osojnica

I am engaged in this festival centre with the 3. Pannonian Congress of Pathology.

Because I had an early start, I have three hours spare time til the official start of the congress. This is used for a walk around Lake Bled.

Boat landing stage.

View to the castle and the church. The white building is my hotel, situated in close proximity to the congress centre in a park at the lake.

Behind the castle, the mountains of the Julian Alps are peering.

The big white one in the centre is the Triglav, with 2.864 m the highest mountain in Slovenia.

Castle and church of Bled.

Lake Bled panorama. Click here or into the picture for a larger display.

The first of many fallen down or mutilateds trees.

Bled, with the Hochstuhl (2.237 m) in behind, the highest mountain of the Karawanks.

Villa at the lake.

The castel of Bled and the Hochstuhl

An island inmidst the lake with a church.

Tourists are brought to the island by rowboats.

Different perspektives ...

I have branched off to a steep mountain path leading 200 m up to. In its upper part the area is so steep, that fixed steel ropes and a long metal staircase are helping to ascend. Didn┤t expect to climb a ferrata today! The path is very arduous to walk due to many fallen trees blocking.

The view is widening now.

Lake Bled and the Karawanks

Lake Bled Řanorama, as seen from Osojnica. In the background the Karawanks with the Hochstuhl. Click here or into the picture for a larger display.

Lake Bled

Hochstuhl, on a southern minor summit the mountain hut Presernova Koca.

Hochstuhl

At the end of the descent I pass by a grassland with flourishing Aquilegia.

Continuing the walk around the lake.

Lake Bled panorama, as seen from its its western end. Hochstuhl in the background. Click here or into the picture for a larger display.

Hochstuhl and the castle

The island

Lake Bled panorama, as seen from the western end. Hochstuhl in the background. Click here or into the picture for a larger display.

Behind the Karawanks (In Austria) clouds are drawing in. While I am walking in the dry here, in Austria┤s east it is raining that strong as to cause floods.

The clouds are consistent with the foen weather situation.

One of the many fallen trees. Last winter there was a massive freezing rain causing many trees to fall down - especially those growing a bit inclined. They did not stand the disproportionate weight distribution now increasing so much. Many branches were buckled down as well.

A duck family  ...

Buckled tree

View back to Osojnica. The path is straightly leading through the rocky terrain.

Boat jetty

A second duck family.

More buckled trees.

Now even the sun comes out.

Some of the horse chestnut trees have suffered severely - only vertical branches survived. This one has stood the disaster quite well.

Back to Bled, the congress will start in 15 minutes - perfect timing.

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