Tuesday, July 29, 2014

We visited the countryside recently for a family gathering. While there, my cousins decided to take a walk through the rural setting, and I made a couple of images. We had a great time, which resulted in cca. 100 images, from which I selected 37 to show to you in these two parts.

So come along with us and enjoy the sights!

This is a multi-part series:
Part One: A Family Outing
Part Two: The Path through the Woods

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This place is called Bivolje Brdo, and is located 27 km (ca. 17 miles) south from Mostar. It's a short 30 minute car ride to get here.



Before we started our walk, I noticed this abandoned house. The grapes were hanging from the vine, which offered a melancholic view. Somehow life was still going on here.


Beni was there as well of course. The hike took us through the local fields, where, after some rainy days, nature was in full bloom.


A shallow depth of field shot, transformed the scenery in this next landscape in a unique way. I did a tutorial on this technique. If you are interested you can check it out here.


We had a lot of rain the last couple of days, and it was even raining on this day just before our walk. That's why you will notice raindrops in all of the close-up shots.



This next view brings back memories form the beginning of this blog. This was one of the first sights I shoot with my Canon 350D back then, and posted to this blog in January of 2009. If you'd like to see this scene five years back, click here.


We actually picked some berries (not these unripe ones, of course) as we were strolling along. They were very delicious!




The newest addition to the family, my cousin Kenan's daugther Merjem, wasn't in a walking mood. :) As the sun returned, so did the humidity, and she wasn't a fan of it, and neither were we.


A lone fence was in front of me, and I was wondering, what can it protect the field from? Right now it's only an interesting photo subject, so I snapped away.





A distant view into the village of Bivolje Brdo. We were traveling away from it now, further into previously uncharted (and undocumented) territory for me.


As we were moving along, so did other creatures. Unfortunately for me (and for you, dear visitors) the turtle decided to hide as soon as I pointed the camera at her.


As we took a corner, a long path through the woods waited for us. The entrance was very nice and charming, but further back nature was running wild. You will see what we saw in the woods in part two...


End of Part One
To be continued...

I hope you enjoyed the first part from our countryside visit. Part Two will be up tomorrow (where you will actually see more from us).

I am still editing the summer vacation series to Sibenik, Croatia, but I plan to post part one on Friday. So there is a lot of new material coming up.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

This might be the best seafood dish I have ever prepared. It's a juicy and succulent Shrimp Scampi. And what that means is that it's friend Shrimp in a white wine, garlic, lemon and butter sauce. The sauce is the star of this dish really, but the shrimp are great as well. They are quick fried and retain all of their juices and stay wonderfully sweet.

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Ingredients:
- Shrimp (de-shelled, de-vained, thawed, rinsed and dried)
- Juice of half a lemon
- Splosh of white wine
- Extra virgin olive oil for frying
- 3 cloves of garlic sliced into thin stripes
- 1 tbs of butter


Method:

1. Before you start, defrost your shrimp if you bought them frozen, take off the shell and veins if not bought cleaned. Then rinse it under cold water and thoroughly dry them in some kitchen paper. They need to be dried so that they fry up nicely and develop great color.

2. Put some olive oil into the pan, add the garlic to the cold oil. Let it heat up.

3. When the garlic starts to sizzle add the splosh of white wine (the better the wine, the better the dish). 

4. Let the wine reduce for 1 minute, it will start to boil. Then add the dried shrimp and fry for 3 minutes. They don't need much. Shrimp are done when they turn pink.

5. Add the butter and lemon juice and stir until the sauce thickens.

6. Serve it and enjoy!


This makes a great lunch or dinner. You can serve it to guests since it's very fancy looking, but above all very, very easy and delicious. A little of this goes a long way!


You can serve it with rice, noodles or spaghetti, or as I did, with some toast. You simply need something that will soak up that lovely sauce!

 

What seafood dishes do you prepare and/or like to eat?

My dad loves fishing and regularly, during the fishing season, brings home lovely salmon that we eat over the summer. But I also like calamari, simply fried with garlic and parsley. Have a great Sunday!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

The scent of pine trees, simply goes with the summer for me. I love the way nature has made them, so that they can withstand dry heat and cold winters. They provide great shade on the beach and give you lots to look at: from pine cones to the needle like leaves. I took these images on my recent vacation, and since they don't really fit with the rest of the travel series, I decided to take them out and post them seperately.

The editing is half way done, and I hope to have finished soon, but I'm not rushing, because I want them to be great. You can already see some preview images on my Facebook Page.

And maybe not everyone associates them with summer, but here in South Europe they are a very common natural landmark of the Adriatic Sea.

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What is the smell of summer to you?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Every year the Bosnian Blogger Team awards the best blogs in various categories. They search and validate blog achievement of bloggers from my country, and constantly search for the best national blogs.

It is an honor for me to receive the award for the Best Bosnian Photo Blog 2014. As you may have gleamed from my banner I had the luck to win best photo blog in 2011 and 2012 and was really happy that my  photo blog got that recognition again. A big thank you to them and to YOU because there wouldn't be this blog if there were no visitors.


Update 1: My summer vacation is over and I'm back home. I have made over 1000 images and was more then surprised by that number once I transferred the files to my computer. I am editing at full speed and hope to get the travel series up, first thing in August. But before that there will be some sneak peeks.

Update 2: You can LIKE my official Facebook Page for this blog, because I will be uploading some exclusive sneak peeks from our travels there, over the coming days.

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To close this post off, here are three shots from our vacation. I am editing the rest now, and hope to make a great multi-part travel series for you to enjoy. So please stay tuned.




Thanks for your support, visits and comments, I really appreciate them all! I hope you enjoyed these, and as I said you can go to my Facebook page for more.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Summer has been good to us this far. We are currently in Sibenik, Croatia, and I am making a lot of new images. Until those are completed I thought to share some images I took with my phone camera. These only show glimpses of our vacation and the things we saw and did. I hope your summer is going well!

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The three of us on our way to Zadar, a city nearby. This was one of our many daily visits in the aeria we made.


A shot at the beach where we are spending most of our days. The water is very clean and fresh.


Of course there is a lot to eat with us. This is some salmon with fried tomatoes, and potatoes with pesto rossa. Very good!



A shot of the coast with the island Krapanj in the distance.




We also made a trip to the Solaris Beach and Wellness Spa Resort. There are a lot of great Canon 6D images from this place, that I'm dying to show to you all!


As our summer vacation slowly winds down (we leave tomorrow), things are getting bought, locations are being visited and final images are taken. There is a lot of editing ahead, but I promise you a big and fun travel photo series!


Sunday, July 20, 2014

There is always something to see around our Mountain Cottage. Summer is in full swing here and nature has come to bloom, from our roses in the garden to the nearby trees and bushes along the forest paths. While returing from Sarajevo, I made a short visit here and took these images that follow. 

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I love taking hikes in the woods around this place. Not only is it calming and relaxing, but there is also a lot to see. And no matter how many times I take images from certains spots, nature keeps shifting and the images always turn out a little bit different. 



Little Div is not so little anymore. He has grown into a big lovable labrador, and Beni likes to play with him a lot. They quickly became good friends.





The many roses that have sprung in our garden are what fascinated me the most on this day. All of these shots reminded me how beautiful these flowers are. There is a great variaty to be found.





Have a great Sunday and thank you for visiting.

I am currently on my summer vacation (and making lots of new images for a whole new summer travel series!). I will be home soon, and before then I'll post some On Location images. Will catch up on your blogs as soon as I'm back!
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