The green smile of nature- Zelenci Lake and Tamar Valley 💚

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Zelenci is a small green paradise in the Julian Alps in Slovenia. This small charming lake, with intensive green waters, surrounded by lush vegetation and offering the view of the imposing Julian Alps, is in fact the source of Sava Dolinka river. Because the water is so green, the spring is named after it, “zelen” in Slovenian means green.

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Zelenci ia located few kilometers from Kranjska Gora, very near to main road Kranjska Gora – Ratece. You just walk a few steps from the parking space, and you immerse yourself in pristine nature.

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The terrain around the spring is marshy, that is why wooden paths and piers have been built along the lake. There is also a lookout tower that offers a truly magnificent view of the spring.

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An interesting fact about spring is that even in the coldest winters, the Zelenci do not freeze over. This is because the lake has porous chalk at the bottom, which permeates underground water to penetrate into the lake. The underground water comes up from a depth of about two meters. In this way, the water has a constant temperature of 5-6°C.

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Zelenci provide a home for many endangered animal species and plants. In 1992 the area was declared a nature reserve. The reserve is located at an altitude of between 832 and 853 metres above sea level. The wetland is about 1200 metres long. The average width of the wetland is 150 metres, the minimum width is 20 metres, and the maximum width is 200 metres.

We were crossed by a turtle, which is by no means an autochthon animal. It is sad when scenes like this remind you of how irresponsible we humans can be towards nature. This tortoise is most likely a pet that someone got tired of and released into the wild. Unfortunately, Zelenci is not its natural habitat and the question is how it affects the natural balance of this ecosystem.

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You can visit Zelenci all year round. It is nice in the autumn colours, as an ice and snow kingdom in the winter, but my preference goes to the green colors of the spring vegetation.

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Only short drive from Zelenci there is Planica valley, world known for the ski jumps competitions. For as, Planica was the starting point for an hour hike into Tamar valley.

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Tamar Valley is a beautiful glacier valley. It is ideal for hikes in spring and summer time but is a real fairy tale location for winter hikes as well, when it is all covered with snow.

There are two paths through the valley. A main path and a forest path, passing meadows and crossing the forest. When you reach the end of the valley, there is a large meadow with a small chapel and a mountain hut.

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The Chapel Marija Pomagaj is small but very nice. The mosaics are made by P. Rupnik, the author of the famous mosaics of the personal chapel of the Pope "Redemptoris Mater" in the Vatican. The chapel also has small memorial plaques commemorating those who have died in the mountains.

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In the mountain hut you can refresh yourself and have a plate of great local food. The mountain hut is the destination point for the majority of the visitors in the valley, while some of them use the hut as a starting point for high mountains hikes.

The whole valley offers great views of surrounding peaks, but most picture perfect is just the last part of the valley, offering views of the peaks that are above 2000 meters of altitude.

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We have successfully recharged our “batteries” and we are now ready for the upcoming working week.

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Thanks for reading,
feel free to leave a comment, I will be glad to reply to.
Best regards, @miljo76

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Pictures so nice. Really wonder views of Slovenia !

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Thank you for your nice comment and for stopping by! See you around!

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Felt sad for that turtle. The place is wonderful! Atleast the turtle got a nice home. :)

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The turtle enjoys its home, don't worry,....Thanks for stopping by!

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Wow, what a beautiful country! Thank you for sharing!!

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It really is! Thanks for stopping by!

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wow what a beautiful landscape, absolutely amazing place

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I really love Zelenci, the place always fill me up with energy! Thank you for your nice comment and for stopping by!

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Oh, those bright, vivid green colors are stunning. It's a beautiful place to find relaxation and peace of mind in nature. Slovenia has beautiful nature! Thanks for sharing. I found your post via #Listnerds.

If you're not on Listnerds yet, take a look at it.

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It really is a little piece of heaven on Earth. I'll take a look at Listnerds, thanks for sharing and for stopping by!

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Wow, that place is stunning! Like from a brochure :)
I'd love to visit that place one day!
Thank you for sharing :)
I came here through Listnerds.

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Thank you for your nice comment! Come and visit us, you won't regret it, for sure! See you around!

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Wow. It sure looks beautiful there.

I will be driving through in the summer and hope I get to stop for some nice views.

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Great, then you have to take some time and stop in Zelenci and enjoy all its beauty. Thanks for reading my post!

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These are very beautiful picture of nature, the green water and all, I just wish I was there immersing myself in The pristine nature too.

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Nature is truly wonderful here! Thank you for your nice comment and for stopping by!

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Beautiful photos. What a lovely place. I would love to visit. I saw your post on ListNerds because a ListNerd member shared the link to your post in an email. If you are not already a member of ListNerds, you may want to consider joining and get the same benefits as the person who shared your link. I would love to see more of your posts

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I'm glad you liked my post, more will come soon! Thanks for stopping by!

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Wow what a beautiful place!! Great photos :)

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I'm glad you like the photos! Thanks for stopping by! See you around!

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It is a very beautiful scenery.
!CTP

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I'm glad you liked my post! Thanks for your support!

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This is some seriously gorgeous terrain. I wouldn't be mad if I had to stay at that chapel with those surroundings, forever!

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Hi hi, then we would be probably neighbours 😁 Thanks for stopping by!

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Such beautiful places and landscapes. And the waters are pristine!

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The Water in all its beauty,..... Thanks for stopping by! See you around!

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Indeed, everything on your photos are mesmerizing❤ Thank you and see you around.

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